Walking or paddling, a trip through the Hudson River’s largest forested tidal swamp offers many surprises.
CATSKILL, Greene County (612 acres) — A swamp may not have the cachet of a mountain peak, but what it lacks in grandeur it makes up for in wildlife diversity. And as RamsHorn-Livingston Sanctuary proves, swamps can be exceedingly beautiful — full of wildflowers, rustling marsh grasses and intriguing rock outcroppings. Paddling through the creek, curvy as old-fashioned ribbon candy, you’ll make the acquaintance of dragonflies, great blue herons, flocks of waterfowl, muskrats and river otters, and maybe a bald eagle. In other words, while this is an ideal place to get away from it all, you’ll have plenty of company.
RamsHorn-Livingston Sanctuary is co-owned and co-managed with Audubon New York. For inquiries and information about educational and public programming, contact Audubon New York at 845-265-2601.
Free and open year-round, dawn to dusk.
Discovering RamsHorn-Livingston Sanctuary
A short film by Jon Bowermaster/Oceans 8 films, music by Meena Ysanne.
IMPORTANT COVID-19 SAFETY UPDATES
The safety of our park visitors is our top priority. Due to COVID-19, we continue to require that all group visits be pre-approved (please fill out this form and email Anthony Coneski to coordinate a group visit).
Starting Monday, May 24, Scenic Hudson is adopting outdoor safety guidelines that align with the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Presentation (CDC) and New York State:
- Vaccinated individuals are no longer required to wear a mask in most settings, but we do recommend that everyone wear masks in large public groups.
- Unvaccinated individuals, under both CDC and NYS guidance, must wear masks in all public settings.
- Dog walking on leash
- Hudson River Greenway Water Trail site
- Kayaking & canoeing
- Wildlife watching
- X-country skiing & snowshoeing
More to explore
Catskill’s quaint downtown is a great place to fill up on food and shopping. Also visit the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, home and studio of the founder of the Hudson River School of painting, and stroll across the Hudson River Skywalk to enjoy views that inspired Cole.