Cross-Country Skiing Ulster County
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suspension bridge, spectacular Hudson River views, hiking trails, Things To Do, Birdwatching, Cross county skiing & snowshoeing, Fishing, Hiking, Picnicking, Scenic views, farms in Ulster, restaurants in Ulster County Black Creek Preserve "Scenic Hudson Valley"

 
  Black Creek Preserve
Esopus, Ulster County
Hudson River Valley, New York State

This 130-acre park features a dramatic suspension bridge, spectacular Hudson River views and offers hiking trails that wind among vernal pools.

From Scenic Hudson: "Black Creek Preserve is a great destination for a family-friendly hike, despite a few uphill climbs that may elicit groans from the under-10 contingent. Still, kids will love crossing the dramatic suspension bridge that spans the creek and exploring the Hudson River shoreline, whose flat stones are tailor-made for skipping. But the preserve also is a perfect place to explore some of the region's threatened species — from blueback herring and alewives that journey from the ocean to deposit their eggs in Black Creek to tall hemlocks under siege from the insect woolly adelgid. Information about these and other endangered plants and animals, as well as the creek itself, appears on kiosks throughout the preserve. Depending on when you visit, you may pass several vernal pools, temporary water bodies formed in small depressions from melting snow or winter run-off. Many types of wildlife depend on these for breeding and food. In spring, you'll likely be serenaded by a chorus of male wood frogs luring females to the pools to mate."

Things To Do at Black Creek Preserve
Birdwatching
Fishing
Hiking | Walking
Nature Trails with two+ miles of nature trails leading to Hudson River
Picnicking

    Winter Activities at Black Creek Preserve
    Cross Country Skiing
    Snowshoeing

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After an invigorating day of birding, hiking, nature study, or just relaxing; pack a picnic from the healthy produce at one of the Farmers' Markets in Ulster. Or select one of many excellent restaurants in Ulster County.

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Things To Do, Bird Watching for Bald Eagles, Cross county skiing & snowshoeing, Fishing in Esopus Island, Hiking and walking trails, Nature hikes and Nature Study, Kayaking & Canoeing, Picnicking,  Esopus Lighthouse, birding, hiking, nature study, Esopus Meadows Preserve "Scenic Hudson Valley"

 
  Esopus Meadows Preserve
Town of Esopus, Ulster County
Hudson River Valley, New York State

The Esopus Meadows Preserve is located in the Town of Esopus, along the Hudson River, south of Kingston, in northeastern Ulster County, New York State. This 93-acre preserve is owned and managed by Scenic Hudson.

From Scenic Hudson: "Esopus Meadows Preserve is great for introducing children to the glories of nature along the Hudson River. Its variety of trails allows you to tailor a trek to the stamina of young legs. You can begin by hiking through a rolling forest landscape alive with birdcalls, the chatter of small mammals and a gurgling stream, or follow the shoreline to a dramatic lookout. Whichever route you choose, arrive at the preserve's Hudson River Greenway Water Trail site at the midpoint of your outing. Its pavilion and tables are perfect for a rest and a picnic. The views here are well nigh perfect, too. Esopus Meadows Lighthouse looms in the distance downriver, while grand Mills Mansion is slightly to the left across the Hudson. But where are the meadows? They're underwater. The place got its name because farmers brought cattle to feast on plants growing in the shallow offshore tidal flat, now a prime breeding ground and nursery for fish. The cows are long gone, but you're likely to see a profusion of boats — from pleasure craft to football-field-sized container ships. And if you're really lucky, you may spot a bald eagle."

Things To Do at Esopus Meadows Preserve
Bird Watching for Bald Eagles
Fishing in Esopus Island
Hiking and walking trails at Esopus Meadows Preserve
Nature hikes and Nature Study
Kayaking & Canoeing at Esopus
Picnicking at Esopus Meadows Preserve

    Winter Activities at Esopus Meadows Preserve
    Cross Country Skiing
    Snowshoeing
Additional Information
Hudson River Greenway Water Trail site
Portable toilet
View of the 1871 Esopus Lighthouse in the Hudson River.

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After a day of birding, hiking, or fishing in Esopus Island, pack a picnic from the healthy produce at one of the Farmers Markets in Ulster County. Or, select one of many excellent restaurants in New Paltz or greater Ulster County.

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hiking, hunting, great place for children, nature study, mountain biking, Things To Do, Birding, Fishing, Hiking Trails, Mountain Biking, Picnicking, day of hiking, local farms in the Hudson Valley, restaurants in Ulster New York, Hudson River Valley Shaupeneak Ridge "Scenic Hudson Valley"

 
  Shaupeneak Ridge
Esopus, Ulster County
Hudson River Valley, New York State

From Scenic Hudson: "Esopus, Ulster County (790 acres)—Located on the slopes and top of Shaupeneak Ridge, part of the Marlboro Mountains, the 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 have fallen, the Catskill Mountains. (Scenic Hudson has protected farmland at the base of Shaupeneak Ridge to ensure pastoral views from the preserve remain unspoiled.) This splendor, combined with the rugged terrain, has made Shaupeneak Ridge one of the region's prime mountain-biking destinations. The preserve also is the site of Scenic Hudson's annual Spring Sprint 5K Trail Race. At whatever speed you enjoy the trails, you'll be amply rewarded."

Things To Do at Shaupeneak Ridge
Biking
Birding | Bird Watching
Canoeing and Kayaking
Fishing (Contact local guides for information.)
Hiking Trails
Hunting with permit
Nature Study
Picnicking
Scenic Views

    Winter Activities at Shaupeneak Ridge
    Cross Country Skiing
    Snowshoeing

Special Attractions at Shaupeneak Ridge
Follow the trail around Louisa Pond (abloom with water lilies in summer) and an adjacent wetland that provides food and shelter for birds, dragonflies and other creatures.Louisa Pond at Shaupeneak Ridge is an excellent spot for nature study, hiking, and mountain biking. Six miles of trails available for hiking with beautiful views of eastern Hudson River shore and the Catskill Mountains.

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After a day of hiking, nature study or mountain biking in this scenic wonderland, pack a picnic from the produce at one of the Farmers Markets in Ulster County. Or, eat-out at one of the excellent restaurants in Ulster, New York.

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D & H Canal Heritage Corridor

845-647-5292 
  D&H Canal Heritage Corridor Alliance is a a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the Delaware & Hudson Canal tow paths and the Ontario & Western Railway for recreation.

History Along the D & H Heritage Corridor
"The D & H Heritage Corridor contains parts of the D & H Canal and the O & W Railroad. Both of these enterprises opened up the Rondout Valley to Commerce and Development. The D & H Canal was constructed to carry coal from Honesdale, PA to Kingston, NY for the New York City and Albany Markets. The O & W Railroad on the other hand was the improvement in transportation and bought up the Canal Company's right of way.

The O & W Railroad followed most of the Canal from Summitville to Accord where it veered of to the west and went to uptown Kingston as it was not confined to the same gradients as the Canal was.

The D & H Canal was the brain child of the Wurts brothers who owned coal bearing land in the Carbondale area of PA. In May of 1823, Benjamin Wright agreed to survey a route for the D & H , to which he assigned two junior engineers. Construction began July 13,1825 and was essentially completed in November 1927. Four Aqueduct bridges were built by John Roebling, for the Canal, who later designed and built the Brooklyn Bridge. The first barges traversed from Eddyville to Honesdale and started transporting Coal to Market.

The Railroad started with a 8 mile section from Summitville to Ellenville In 1871 as the Ellenville-Kingston R.R. Company. And was soon leased to the O & W. The Rails were extended to Kingston and opened for business in 1901. The O & W Railroad ended in 1957 with bankruptcy and the removal of tracks.

In the early 1800's, a period of immense growth in the United States, a means of cheap mass transportation was needed for transporting goods. Canals were the answer. The first million dollar private enterprise in the U.S. was the Delaware and Hudson Canal, from Honesdale, PA to Kingston, NY. It's primary purpose was to transport coal from the mines of Pennsylvania to New York City, without going through the port of Philadelphia. The most economical transport route was to use existing waterways north of Port Jervis to Kingston, the Rondout Creek.

Kingston, a busy port on the Hudson River and only 90 miles from NYC, was a deep water port where the coal could then be transferred to large ships. Completed in 1828, there were 108 locks on the canals' 108 mile length. Most of the canal was eventually abandoned in 1898 in favor of the more modern steam locomotive.

As a testimony to the clever engineering of it's day, the use of simple natural materials, and the untold thousands of man hours of construction, much of the canal remains today. Built "by hand" - the ribbon remains between the communities - a bucolic reminder of days past. The New York Ontario and Western Railway was one of the first of the long distance railroads in New York State.

Abandoned in 1957, its mainline ran from Weehawken, NJ to Oswego, NY. It also had many branch routes, one of which was from Port Jervis, NY to Kingston, NY. The Kingston Branch followed the abandoned D&H tow paths along the Rondout Creek on its way between many of the D&H hamlets and Kingston.

This waterway is home to a multitude of wildlife, including great blue heron, kingfisher, mink, muskrat, and occasionally osprey. Small mouth bass, trout, and panfish provide excellent fishing. Dramatic ledges of limestone, which dot its shoreline, provide scenic vistas for both flat-water and quick-water canoeing and kayaking.

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 New Paltz Cross-Country Skiing

12561, Mohonk, Golf Course, Mohonk Mountain Resort, New Paltz, golf, golf course, Scottish, old-world New York State, Attractions, 9-hole course, Winter, Outdoor Activities, Ice skating, Ski rentals, Cross-country skiing, Snowshoeing Public Golf Course - Mohonk Golf Course

845-255-1000 
  Mohonk Golf Course, at Mohonk Mountain House Resort, is located at 1000 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz, NY 12561. Mohonk offers golf in its purest form. This 107–year-old historic landmark golf course was fashioned with classic late-19th-century features and a Scottish architectural influence. Each hole is a delight in itself, featuring four different height cuts of grass that add definition and challenge. Framed by spectacular views of surrounding valleys, our course reflects the ambience of Mohonk.

Envision a course fashioned after St. Andrews, set against a majestic 2,200-acre backdrop. An enchanting Victorian castle towering seven stories above the pristine “lake in the sky”, welcomes you after a day on the course. Escape to our distinctive old-world New York State golf course, and you’ll see why we have received distinctive praise. Day visitors are also welcome. Press blue button for rates, photos, and more information about Mohonk.

Golf Course Attractions
9-hole regulation length course
2707 yards / par 35
Course rating / slope = 33.0 / 112
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Lessons
Pro shop
Pull cart rental
Restaurant
Riding cart rental

    Winter Activities
    Cross-country skiing
    Ice skating
    Ski rentals
    Snowshoeing

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Rail Trail, New York State, Countryside Trail, Hudson River Valley, Greenway Trail System, National Recreation Trail, Shawangunk Ridge, Trail Activities, Biking, Bird Watching, Cross Country Skiing, History, Family Outings, Horseback riding Wallkill Valley Rail Trail

 
  The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail stretches 12.2 miles south from the New Paltz/Rosendale town line to the Gardiner/Shawangunk town line. The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail opened officially in October 1993 as the seventeenth rail trail in New York State. In 2001 it was recognized as the first Countryside Trail in the Hudson River Valley Greenway Trail System, and in 2007 it was designated a National Recreation Trail by the National Park Service and the U.S. Department of the Interior.

The trail extends for 12.2 miles from the southern border of Gardiner to the northern border of New Paltz. Along the way it passes through woods, open fields, and agricultural lands, and links the hamlet of Gardiner with downtown New Paltz. Trail users will discover a wide variety of birds and other wildlife and beautiful views of the Shawangunk Ridge and the Wallkill River. The trail surface is gravel and packed dirt, except for a section of the trail in the heart of New Paltz from Plains Road to Broadhead Avenue, which is wheelchair accessible.

The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail is a multiuse trail, welcoming hikers, joggers, bicycle and horseback riders, dog walkers, and, in the winter, snowshoers and cross-country skiers. Except for vehicles for the disabled, no other motorized vehicles are allowed on the trail. For everyone's safety, please follow the guidelines for multiuse trails and be courteous to other trail users.

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Stream Watch

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    Cross-country Skiing

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 Ulster County Cross-Country Skiing

Catskill Park, Ulster, Greene, forest preserve, Attractions, Outdoor Activities, Boating, Camping, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Hunting, Trapping, Snowmobiles Catskill Forest Preserve - Ulster

 
  The Catskill Park is a mountainous region of public and private lands in Southeastern New York's Ulster, Greene, Delaware and Sullivan Counties - the "forest preserve" counties. Ninety-eight peaks over 3,000 feet high form an impressive skyline. Its blend of public and private lands is typical of large parks in Europe, where people and unique lands have coexisted for centuries. The Catskill Forest Preserve is the state land within the Catskill Park. Since its creation in 1885, it has grown from 34,000 to 287,500 acres. An 1894 amendment to the New York State Constitution (now Article 14) directs:
    "the lands of the State now owned or hereafter acquired, constituting the forest preserve as now fixed by law, shall be forever kept as wild forest lands. They shall not be leased, sold or exchanged, or be taken by any corporation, public or private, nor shall the timber thereon be sold, removed or destroyed."

The forest preserve has thousands of acres of forests with meadows, remnants of old farmsteads, lakes, rivers, springs, waterfalls, cliffs, fire towers, bears, rattlesnakes and other wildlife, rare plants and animals. Also, there are hundreds of miles of abandoned woods roads and trails to enjoy. Today, it serves as watershed, recreation area and ecological and scenic reserve.

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Accessible Recreation
Boating
Camping
Cross-Country Skiing
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Hunting
Shellfishing
Trapping
Snowmobiles

After an invigorating day of birding, hiking, nature study, or just relaxing at Catskill Park; pack a picnic from the healthy produce at one of the local farms in Ulster. Or select one of many excellent restaurants in Ulster County.

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12446, Ulster County in the Hudson Valley, Shawangunk Mountain ridge, visit Minnewaska State Park Preserve, waterfalls, New York City, Things To Do, Beach, Biking, Boat Launch, Boating, Cross-Country Skiing, Food, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Swimming Minnewaska State Park

845-256-0579 
  Minnewaska State Park Preserve is located at 5281 Route 44-55, Kerhonkson NY 12446, Ulster County in the Hudson Valley. Minnewaska State Park is situated on the dramatic Shawangunk Mountain ridge that rises more than 2,000 feet above sea level. The terrain is rugged and rocky, blanketed by dense hardwood forest encircling two lakes. Clear streams cut into valleys, incising sheer cliffs and ledges and emerging in waterfalls.

Come visit Minnewaska State Park Preserve, one of the most unique and beautiful parks in New York State, featuring numerous waterfalls, three crystalline sky lakes, more cliff-edge views that we can mention, world-class rock climbing and 35 miles of carriageways and 25 miles of footpaths on which to bike, walk, hike and simply enjoy. And, all this within an hour and a half drive from New York City.

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    Cross-country Skiing

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