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Shaupeneak Ridge (Esopus, Ulster County)

Shaupeneak Ridge
Shaupeneak Ridge

In December 2008, Scenic Hudson protected 56 acres of forest surrounded on two sides by our popular Shaupeneak Ridge preserve

View of the newly protected property at Shaupeneak RidgeRobert Rodriguez, Jr. This forested land is surrounded on two sides by 572-acre Shaupeneak Ridge Cooperative Recreation Area, protected by Scenic Hudson in 1994 and a popular destination for hiking, bird-watching, mountain-biking, fishing, hunting and school field trips. Our purchase of development rights to the property permanently safeguards views from nearby public trails. The possibility also exists of extending trails across the land, providing access to a ridge-top overlook affording extraordinary southerly vistas. Freshwater wetlands and a small stream are among the sensitive wildlife habitats located on the property, which lies within the state-recognized Shaupeneak Ridge Biologically Important Area. The purchase is part of Scenic Hudson’s collaborative campaign to Save the Land That Matters Most, protecting 65,000 acres of great scenic, ecological and agricultural significance.

Project highlights

  • Protects unspoiled forest adjacent to a popular public park and trails
  • Allows for eventual expansion of trails
  • Contains important wildlife habitats


To view the new Shaupeneak Ridge parcel in relation to other nearby protected lands, download this map (pdf, 196k)