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Vanderburgh Cove (Rhinebeck, Dutchess County)

Vanderburgh Cove
Vanderburgh Cove

In December 2013, Scenic Hudson conserved 16 acres with more than half a mile of Hudson River shoreline and two significant wetlands.

Vanderburgh Cove
Vanderburgh Cove serves as a critical nursery and feeding site for fish Robert Rodriguez, Jr.

This scenic land contains more than half a mile of shoreline along two significant wetlands—the tidal marsh in Vanderburgh Cove and a globally rare tidal swamp—as well as Fallsburg Creek, a Hudson River tributary. These wetlands are located within a state-designated Biologically Important Area rated A for the high quality of its habitats. Vanderburgh Cove serves as a critical nursery and feeding site for freshwater and oceangoing fish, including the federally endangered shortnose sturgeon. It also provides a feeding and resting area for large flocks of waterfowl and osprey during migration.

Protected via a donated conservation easement, the forested property also is highly visible from numerous public viewpoints, including South Mill Road (a state-designated Scenic Road), Amtrak, the Hudson River and two of Scenic Hudson’s most popular Ulster County parks—Esopus Meadows Preserve and Shaupeneak Ridge. It adjoins 203 acres previously protected by Scenic Hudson.

The acquisition is part of Scenic Hudson’s collaborative campaign to Save the Land that Matters Most, protecting lands of the greatest scenic, ecological and agricultural significance.

Project highlights

  • Buffers ecologically significant wetlands
  • Safeguards views from Scenic Hudson parks across the river
  • Preserves vistas enjoyed by Amtrak travelers


To view the Vanderburgh Cove easement in relation to other nearby protected lands, download this map (pdf, 344k)