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.

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.

Activities

  • 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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More to explore

John Burroughs Nature Sanctuary in West Park features hiking trails and the renowned writer’s rustic cabin. Kingston’s historic Rondout District is home to shops, restaurants and the Hudson River Maritime Museum, which offers illuminating exhibits as well as boat trips to the Rondout Lighthouse.

Sojourner Truth Trail

Scenic Hudson has created an interpretive trail honoring the abolitionist and pioneering advocate for civil and women’s rights. The trail is located near the route Truth took to escape 29 years of enslavement. Along with informing visitors about Truth’s life and work, the trail encourages them to carry on her legacy of generosity and compassion.

To learn more about Sojourner Truth’s compelling story, visit scenichudson.org/SJTTrail for a list of online and other resources.