A haven for wildlife and those who love it, whether on bike or foot.

Esopus, Ulster County (936.5 acres) — This preserve offers a cornucopia of treats for nature lovers —  wildflower-filled grasslands, woods, a waterfall and pond, stunning rock formations and an abundance of wildlife, including beaver, deer, coyotes and turkeys. Just as impressive are the vistas, stretching to the Hudson River and, once the leaves fall, the Catskill Mountains. This natural splendor, combined with the rugged terrain, makes Shaupeneak Ridge one of the region’s prime destinations for mountain biking and trail running. At whatever speed you go, you’ll feel amply rewarded.

Shaupeneak Ridge is maintained in cooperation with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the West Esopus Landowners Association.

Free and open year-round, dawn to dusk.


  • Dog walking on leash
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting (by permit)
  • Kayaking & canoeing
  • Mountain biking
  • Picnicking
  • Wildlife watching
  • X-country skiing & snowshoeing

PLEASE NOTE: Mountain bikers must yield to hikers. Hikers have the right-of-way over mountain bikes.  

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