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Nyquist-Harcourt Wildlife Sanctuary
140 Huguenot St., New Paltz
Located near Historic Huguenot Street,
the Sanctuary has 56 acres of property
and over 1,300 feet of frontage on the Wallkill River with Shawangunk Mountains viewscape. Take a self-guided tour through its woodlands and beside the oxbow.
Open year-round. Accessible, child, pet and group friendly.
Overlook Mountain Fire Tower
Meads Mountain Road, Woodstock 845-688-3369 Views of the Hudson Valley, Catskill Mountains, Ashokan Reservoir and Overlook Hotel ruins. A 2.5-mile trail with vertical rise beginning to end at 1,400 feet. Rated moderately difficult. Cab at top of tower is open weekends and holidays, June- Columbus Day. Accessible year-round.
Perrine’s Bridge
Junction Route 32 and Route 213, Rifton 845-331-0676 Covered bridge built circa 1835 by Benjamin Wood. This last surviving example of the Burr arch truss design in New York State spans the Wallkill River between the towns of Esopus and Rosendale. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Accessible, child and group friendly.
Rail Explorers: Catskills Division
70 Lower High St., Phoenicia 877-833-8588
Visit New York’s Catskill Mountains to discover the rails that run alongside the Esopus Creek from the beautiful Village of Phoenicia. Child friendly, pet friendly, team building, group friendly, accessible (call ahead).
Red Hill Fire Tower
Town of Denning, Ulster County 845-688-3369 The 60-foot fire tower was constructed in 1921 and offers views of the Catskill High Peaks and the Rondout Reservoir. There is a moderate, 3-mile round-trip hike
to the summit of the 2,990-foot peak.
Cab at top of tower is open weekends and holidays, June-Columbus Day. Accessible year-round.
Rondout National Historic District Walking Tours
Kingston Heritage Area Visitors’ Center
20 Broadway, Kingston
Friends of Historic Kingston guided tours trace the rise of Rondout as a prosperous maritime village with a rich legacy of 19th- century architecture. Some uphill walking. Departs from Visitors’ Center. Last Saturday, May-October, 1 p.m. Accessible, child, pet and group friendly. Tour fee.
Sam’s Point Area of Minnewaska State Park Preserve
400 Sam’s Point Road, Cragsmoor 845-647-7989
A 5,000-acre plus section of Minnewaska State Park Preserve. Ice caves, mountain hiking trails, nature center and visitor center. Parking fee. Groups of 16 or more should pre-register. Accessible, child and pet friendly. Open 365 days a year, 9 a.m.-dusk.
Shaupeneak Ridge
143 Popletown Road, Esopus
This Scenic Hudson 936-acre park features a nine-mile forested trail network, Louisa Pond, seasonal waterfall and great views. Mountain biking, hiking, fishing and seasonal hunting by permit. Open year-round, dawn to dusk.
Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge
Hoagerburgh Road, Wallkill
973-702-7266, ext. 10 This 597-acre wildlife refuge operates to conserve the biological diversity of the Wallkill Valley. ADA accessible observation area provides spectacular views of the Shawangunks and the many species of grassland birds, wintering raptors and endangered species. A 3.6-mile hiking trail, five observation blinds restrooms. Open during daylight hours.
Shawangunk Mountains
Scenic Byway
Ulster County
Officially designated a New York State Scenic Byway in 2006, this beautiful 88-mile route encircles the northern Shawangunk Mountains through the historic Rondout and Wallkill valleys, with scenic mountains, forests, farms, rivers and streams.
Shawangunk Wine Trail
Ulster County
Thirteen award-winning wineries along an 80-mile route hosting seasonal events in the heart of the Hudson Valley. Nestled between the Shawangunk Mountains and the majestic Hudson River, this trail is the perfect way to discover Hudson Valley Wine Country.
Stockade National Historic District Walking Tours
Corner of Main and Wall Streets (Uptown), Kingston
Guided tour of New York’s largest extant
early Dutch settlement where New York State was born. Departs from Friends of Historic Kingston Gallery. First Saturday of each month from May-October. Departs 1 p.m. Accessible, child, pet and group friendly. Tour fee.
The O&W Rail Trail in Ulster County
Ulster County
A 27-mile trail from Kingston to Ellenville, comprised of some of the original scenic routes of the New York Ontario and Western Railway and the Delaware and Hudson Canal tow paths. Self-guided walks using the website or kiosk maps, biking, equestrian riding and cross-country skiing.
Town of Shawangunk Rail Trail
14 Central Ave., Wallkill
Three-plus mile section of rail and trail with views of the Bordan Estate and the Shawan- gunk Mountain Range. Provides easy access to the Village of Wallkill. Wallkill River nearby. Accessible, child, pet and group friendly. Porta-potties available. Open year-round, weather-permitting.
Tremper Mountain Fire Tower
Town of Shandaken, Ulster County 845-688-3369
The 47-foot fire tower was built in 1917 and offers views of the tallest mountains in the Catskills, along the Hudson Valley and Shawangunk Mountains. There is a 3-mile hike to the 2,740-foot summit with a
2,000-foot elevation gain. Cab at top of tower is open weekends and holidays, June- Columbus Day. Accessible year-round.
TRT Bicycles
1066 Route 32, Rosendale
Bicycle rentals, sales, service and tours. Open year-round. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; weekends, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Tuesday.
Wallkill Valley Rail Trail
P.O. Box 1048, New Paltz
The 22-mile multi-use trail is used for walking, bicycling, horseback riding and more. The trail passes through scenic countryside and lively downtowns from the southern end of Gardiner to the Ulster/ Kingston border.
Woodstock Farm Sanctuary
2 Rescue Road, High Falls
845-247-5700 One of the country’s most recognized and respected sanctuaries for farmed animals. Educational tours of the farm and outreach events. Open April-October, Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Tube Rentals
Town Tinker Tube Rental
10 Bridge St., Phoenicia
Whitewater tubing adventures on the
scenic Esopus Creek. Wetsuits and transportation available. Child and group friendly. Open Memorial Day weekend-Sept. 30, daily, 9 a.m. -6 p.m. (Last rentals at 4 p.m.)

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