Trails in this 287-acre preserve connect visitors with its astonishing variety of terrain and habitats.
ULSTER PARK, Ulster County (287 acres)—Opened in October 2016, Scenic Hudson High Banks Preserve—named after the English translation of “Esopus,” which early Native Americans called the area—contains bluffs offering superb vistas of the Hudson River as well as extensive wetlands, wildflower-filled meadows, hardwood forests and shoreline along Esopus Lake. The accessible gateway takes visitors to an overlook of the Hudson River and informational signs that explain the history of the site and its ecological importance. A steep trail climbs 200 feet to the upper parkland with features that include additional Hudson River views, former carriage roads that lead to the lake, and a 110-foot boardwalk spanning a wetland.
When to visit
Year round, dawn to dusk. Allow a minimum of 1.5 hours.