ThingsToDoKids.com Things To Do Kids
Things To Do Kids ThingsToDoKids.com

Ulster County

Scenic Hudson Valley

 All Cragsmoor ListingsUlster

 Cragsmoor Scenic Hudson Valley

12420, Preserve, National Natural Landmark, Cragsmoor, NY 12420, Shawangunk Mountains, Minnewaska State Park Preserve, Verkeerder Kill Falls, Things to Do, Bird Watching, Camping, Hiking, Ice Caves, Scenic Views, Winter Activities, Snowshoeing | Ulster Sam's Point Preserve

845-647-7989 
  Sam's Point Preserve, a National Natural Landmark, 5,400-acres in size, is located at 400 Sam's Point Road, Cragsmoor, NY 12420 in Ulster County. It is on the highest section of the Shawangunk Mountains, at the most southerly section of Minnewaska State Park Preserve. Sam's Point Preserve | Ulster  website and more . . .
 All Esopus ListingsUlster

 Esopus Scenic Hudson Valley

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 | Ulster 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. Black Creek Preserve  "Scenic Hudson Valley" | Ulster  website and more . . .

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, | Ulster 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. Esopus Meadows Preserve  "Scenic Hudson Valley" | Ulster  website and more . . .

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 | Ulster 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." Shaupeneak Ridge  "Scenic Hudson Valley" | Ulster  website and more . . .
 All Highland ListingsUlster

 Highland Scenic Hudson Valley

Things to Do at Franny Reese State Park, Biking Trails, Bird Watching, Picnicking, Scenic Hudson Valley, Walking trails, Winter Activities, Cross county skiing, snoeshoeing, Walkway Over The Hudson, Franny Reese Park, restaurants in Ulster County | Ulster Franny Reese State Park "Scenic Hudson Valley"

 
  Franny Reese State Park
Macks Lane
Highland, NY 12528
Ulster County
Hudson River Valley, New York State

From Scenic Hudson: "Scenic Hudson initially protected (and continues to manage) this stunning landscape, now owned by the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and named in memory of Frances "Franny" Reese (1917-2003), Scenic Hudson's guiding spirit. Its 2.5 miles of trails follow in part an historic carriage road that passes the ruins of a 19th-century estate, while an overlook affords superb views of the Mid-Hudson Bridge, Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park and the City of Poughkeepsie." Franny Reese State Park  "Scenic Hudson Valley" | Ulster  website and more . . .
 All Kingston ListingsUlster

 Kingston Scenic Hudson Valley

fishing, boat launch, deep water boat access onto Rondout Creek, bird watching, Things to Do, Birding, Hiking Trails, Nature Study, Picnicking, hiking, local farms in the Hudson Valley, restaurants in Ulster New York, Hudson River Valley, New York State | Ulster Sleightsburgh Park "Scenic Hudson Valley"

 
  Sleightsburgh Park
Kingston, Ulster County
Hudson River Valley, New York State

From Scenic Hudson: "Esopus, Ulster County (79 acres) Excellent fishing opportunities and breathtaking views abound at this park, preserved by Scenic Hudson and owned by the Town of Esopus. A half-mile of trails parallel Rondout Creek, leading through a wooded peninsula to a spit of land that extends far out into the river." Sleightsburgh Park  "Scenic Hudson Valley" | Ulster  website and more . . .
 All New Paltz ListingsUlster

 New Paltz Scenic Hudson Valley

multi-use linear county park, Poughkeepsie, LaGrange, Wappinger, Walkway Over the Hudson State Park, regional trail network, Things to Do on the Dutchess Rail Trail, Biking, Hiking, Nature Walks, Scenic Views, Winter Activities, Cross-country Skiing | Ulster Dutchess Rail Trail - William R. Steinhaus DRT

 
  The William R. Steinhaus Dutchess Rail Trail (WRS DRT) is a 13.4 mile multi-use linear county park that runs through the middle of Dutchess County along the former Maybrook Rail corridor including the towns of Poughkeepsie, LaGrange, Wappinger and East Fishkill, with a direct link to the Walkway Over the Hudson State Park and the regional trail network.

"The WRS DRT has being earning accolades since its first section opened in 2008, and it was named “Best New Hiking Trail in the Hudson Valley” by Hudson Valley magazine. In 2014, the WRS DRT was As additional sections have been completed, use and acclaim have grown exponentially. Dutchess Rail Trail - William R. Steinhaus DRT | Ulster  website and more . . .

12561, Resort, New Paltz NY, dining, activities, attractions, tennis, golf, lake swimming, boating, fishing, Spa, horseback riding, hiking, walking, running trails, platform tennis, putting green, cross-country ski trails, snowshoeing, ice-skating | Ulster Mohonk Mountain House Resort & Restaurant

845-255-1000 
  Mohonk Mountain House Resort, is located at 1000 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz, NY 12561 in Dutchess County.

From Mohonk Mountain House: "Family-owned and operated since 1869, Mohonk Mountain House is an award-winning resort near the Catskill Mountains. Perfect for idyllic family vacations, romantic escapes, and instant getaways, our Victorian castle resort invites guests to be as active or relaxed as they want to be. Mohonk Mountain House is a spectacular Victorian Castle resort overlooking Lake Mohonk, in the heart of a scenic natural area comprised of more than 40,000 acres. Since 1869, guests have found a place for recreation and renewal of body, mind, and spirit in our unique mountaintop setting. The sight of this enchanting castle, sweeping lawns, award-winning gardens never fails to delight. Mohonk Mountain House Resort & Restaurant | Ulster  website and more . . .
 All Olive ListingsUlster

 Olive Scenic Hudson Valley

12461, Brook, Sundown Wild Forest, Olive, NY, Ulster County, hike along the Kanape Brook, Civilian Conservation Corps, Things to Do at Kanape Brook, Hiking, Photo Opportunities, Scenic Views, Waterfalls | Ulster Kanape Brook at Sundown Wild Forest

 
  Kanape Brook in Sundown Wild Forest, is located in the Town of Olive, NY 12461 in Ulster County.

Distance: 5.3 miles
Markers: Red
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation: Ascent - 500 feet

Distance: 7.5 miles to High Point Summit
Markers: Red
Difficulty: Challenging
Elevation: Ascent - 1,480 feet Kanape Brook at Sundown Wild Forest | Ulster  website and more . . .
 All Phoenicia ListingsUlster

 Phoenicia Scenic Hudson Valley

12464, Trail at Slide Mountain, Phoenicia, NY, Things to Do at Mount Pleasant-Romer Mountain Trail, Camping Primitive, Hiking, 
Lean-to, Photographic Opportunities, Scenic Views, Winter Activities, Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing | Ulster Mount Pleasant - Romer Mountain Trail

845-256-3000 
  Mount Pleasant-Romer Mountain Trail in Slide Mountain Wilderness is located in the southern Catskill Forest Preserve in Ulster County.

Distance: 9.0 miles
Markers: Blue
Difficulty: EasyElevation: Gain/Loss 3,098 feet, -1,185 feet from Lane Street Mount Pleasant - Romer Mountain Trail | Ulster  website and more . . .
 All Rochester ListingsUlster

 Rochester Scenic Hudson Valley

12404, Falls, Sundown Wild Forest, Rochester, NY, Vernooy Kill Falls, Things to Do at Vernooy Falls, 
Hiking, Photo Opportunities, Scenic Views, Snowmobile Trail, Waterfalls, Winter Activities, Cross-Country Skiing, Snowmobiling, Snowshoeing | Ulster Vernooy Falls

845-256-3000 
  Vernooy Kill Falls in the Sundown Wild Forest is located in the Town of Rochester, NY 12404 in Ulster County.

Distance: 3.6 miles
Elevation: 250 feet ascent

Vernooy Falls
"Vernooy Kill Falls is a series of picturesque little waterfalls with pools, dropping about 30 feet in 4 stages. A foot bridge crosses the base of the falls for a scenic view. Nearby is a tall stonewall, a remnant of the Vernooy Mill which 200 years ago was a major crossroads where farmers near and far brought their grain for milling. A major road ran through this area which now looks so wild. In the ten years since 2000, over 1000 acres have burned on nearby Cherrytown Mountain." Vernooy Falls | Ulster  website and more . . .
 All Shandaken ListingsUlster

 Shandaken Scenic Hudson Valley

Catskill Forest Preserve, Lexington and Hunter in Greene County, Things to Do, Hiking Devil's Path, Hiking Diamond Notch Trail, Hiking Hunter Mountain Trail, Hiking Becker Hollow Trail, Winter Activities, Cross-County Skiing, Snowshoeing, Waterfalls | Ulster Hunter-West Kill Wilderness Area - Ulster

607-652-7365 
  Hunter-West Kill Wilderness, 19,250-acres in size, is located in the Catskill Forest Preserve in the towns of Lexington and Hunter in Greene County; and the Town of Shandaken in Ulster County.

"The 19,250-acre Hunter-West Kill Wilderness in the Catskill Forest Preserve is a high elevation east-west ridge that lies between the West Kill Creek to the north and the Esopus Creek to the south. Hunter-West Kill Wilderness is a remote mountainous location of more than 19,250 acres. The terrain is very steep in places with elevations ranging from 1,000 feet to 3,880 feet." Hunter-West Kill Wilderness Area - Ulster | Ulster  website and more . . .

12480, Slide Mountain, Shandaken, NY, Things to Do at Terrace Mountain Trail, Hiking, Lean-to, Scenic Views, <b>Winter Activities, Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing | Ulster Terrace Mountain Trail

845-256-3000 
  Terrace Mountain Trail in the Slide Mountain Wilderness is located in the Town of Shandaken, NY 12480 in Ulster County.

Distance: 0.9 miles
Markers: Yellow
Difficulty: EasyElevation: 300 feet descent Terrace Mountain Trail | Ulster  website and more . . .
 All Ulster County ListingsUlster

 Ulster County Scenic Hudson Valley

Trail at Slide Mountain Wilderness, Ulster County, scenic route up Slide Mountain, panoramic vistas, Things to Do on Curtis-Ormsbee Trail, Hiking, Photo Opportunities, Scenic Views, Winter Activities, Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing | Ulster Curtis-Ormsbee Trail

845-256-3000 
  Curtis-Ormsbee Trail in the Slide Mountain Wilderness is located in Ulster County.

Distance: 1.6 miles
Markers: Blue
Elevation: 900 feet ascent
Difficulty: Moderate Curtis-Ormsbee Trail | Ulster  website and more . . .

12480, Shandaken, NY, Giant Ledge, spectacular views, Trails, Things to Do at Slide Mountain Wilderness, Fishing, Hiking, Hunting, Lean-to, Scenic Views, Wildlife Watching, Winter Activities, Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing | Ulster Giant Ledge at Slide Mountain Wilderness

845-256-3000 
  Giant Ledge in the Slide Mountain Wilderness, is located in the Town of Shandaken, NY 12480 in Ulster County.

Distance: 1.6 miles
Markers: Yellow and Blue
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation: 1,000 feet ascent Giant Ledge at Slide Mountain Wilderness | Ulster  website and more . . .

Slide Mountain, Ulster County, Giant Ledge-Panther Mountain-Fox Hollow Trail, Things to Do on Giant Ledge Trail,
Hiking, Photo Opportunities, Scenic Views, Winter Activities, Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing | Ulster Giant Ledge-Panther Mountain-Fox Hollow Trail

845-256-3000 
  Giant Ledge-Panther Mountain-Fox Hollow Trail in the Slide Mountain Wilderness is located in Ulster County.

Distance: 7.45 miles
Markers: Blue
Elevation: 2,620 feet ascent
Difficulty: Challenging Giant Ledge-Panther Mountain-Fox Hollow Trail | Ulster  website and more . . .

Hudson Highlands, Hudson River is an estuary, things to do in the Hudson Highlands, outdoor activities, fishing, boating, hiking, hike, Hikes, Things to Do, Birding, Bird Watching, Boat Rentals, Boating, Fishing, Hiking Trails, Historic Places | Ulster Hudson Highlands

845-225-7207 
  Click to enlarge photo of the Hudson Highlands.

Click to enlarge photo of the Hudson Highlands The sign reads:
"For much of its 315-mile course, the Hudson River flows straight and broad. But at the Highlands, the Appalachian mountain chain intersects the river to create a fifteen mile stretch of rugged, mountainous landscape. This area contains the river's narrowest and deepest points, as well as its fastest currents. The Hudson River is an estuary, a mixture of salt and freshwater, and the saltwater line extends just north of Beacon. The River is tidal all the way up to the Troy Dam above Albany." Hudson Highlands | Ulster  website and more . . .

Long Path Trail 15 - 20: Hiking / Biking Southern Catskills

845-256-3000 
  Long Path Trail 15 - 20: Southern Catskills - Hiking and Mountain Biking the Long Path Trail

"These sections of the Long Path mark the beginning of the route through Catskill Park. The Catskill Park has spectacular scenery and considerable rugged terrain. It passes over Slide Mountain, the tallest in the Catskills. Nowhere does the Long Path go higher. Small villages nestled in the valleys provide a break from the traverses through dense forests carpeting most of the Catskill Mountains. Most of its route follows DEC trails maintained by the Trail Conference. The trails are generally marked with different colored plastic markers. These are usually the only trail identification except at major trail junctions. The LP aqua paint blaze is reserved for when the trail crosses private property and road sections. As the Long Path changes frequently from one DEC trail to another, hikers must watch carefully for turns and make sure that they are on the proper trail. Most trail DEC junctions have signs that give the trail names and the direction and distance to important points (Distances are not always accurate on these signs.). At many of these intersections, a plastic Long Path marker indicates the route of the Long Path. Camping is permitted on State land at elevations below 3,500 feet (this elevation is usually marked by signs along the trails), and at locations at least 150 feet away from trails and water. The Long Path also passes several DEC lean-tos and campgrounds." Long Path Trail 15 - 20:  Hiking / Biking Southern Catskills | Ulster  more . . .

Trail, Slide Mountain, Ulster County, Challenging, Things to Do at Peekamoose-Table Mountain Trail, Hiking, Photographic Opportunities, Scenic Views, Winter Activities, Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing | Ulster Peekamoose-Table Mountain Trail

845-256-3000 
  Peekamoose-Table Mountain Trail at Slide Mountain is located in Ulster County.

Distance: 7.5 miles
Markers: Blue
Difficulty: Challenging
Elevation: 2,820 feet elevation gain from Peekamoose Road. Peekamoose-Table Mountain Trail | Ulster  website and more . . .

Denning, Olive, Shandaken in Ulster County, Things to Do at Slide Mountain Wilderness, Camping Primitive, Fishing, Hiking, Hunting, Scenic Views, Trapping, Wildlife Watching, Hiking Trails, Winter Activities at Slide Mountain, Cross-Country Skiing | Ulster Slide Mountain Wilderness

845-256-3000 
  Slide Mountain Wilderness in the Catskill Forest Preserve, offering 35 miles of trails, is located in the towns of Denning, Olive, and Shandaken in Ulster County, New York.

"The Slide Mountain Wilderness, encompassing more than 47,500 acres, is the largest and most popular wilderness area in the Catskill Forest Preserve. Extensive foot trails provide access to the remote interior, often climbing over lofty peaks with spectacular views. Slide Mountain, the tallest peak in all of the Catskills, inspired poet and naturalist John Burroughs to write; "Here the works of man dwindle, in the heart of the southern Catskills." A plaque commemorating both the man and the mountain graces the face of the summit rock, in tribute to Burroughs and his vision. Slide Mountain Wilderness | Ulster  website and more . . .

Burroughs Range Trail, Ulster County, Woodland Valley Campground, Slide Mountain Wilderness, Things to Do on Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide Trail, Camping, Hiking, Scenic Views, Wildlife Watching, Winter Activities, Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing | Ulster Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide Trail aka Burroughs Range Trail

845-256-3000 
  Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide Trail aka Burroughs Range Trail at Slide Mountain Wilderness is located in Ulster County.

Distance: 9.75 miles
Markers: Red
Elevation: 3,625 feet elevation gain
Difficulty: Challenging Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide Trail aka Burroughs Range Trail | Ulster  website and more . . .

 More Hudson Valley  Scenic Hudson Valley

Scenic Hudson Valley | Albany Albany County
      [7 listings over 5 locations]
Scenic Hudson Valley | Columbia Columbia County
      [4 listings over 3 locations]
Scenic Hudson Valley | Dutchess Dutchess County
      [18 listings over 12 locations]
Scenic Hudson Valley | Greene Greene County
      [10 listings over 5 locations]
Scenic Hudson Valley | Orange Orange County
      [25 listings over 11 locations]
Scenic Hudson Valley | Putnam Putnam County
      [14 listings over 4 locations]
Scenic Hudson Valley | Rensselaer Rensselaer County
      [4 listings over 4 locations]
Scenic Hudson Valley | Rockland Rockland County
      [27 listings over 11 locations]
Scenic Hudson Valley | Westchester Westchester County
      [24 listings over 14 locations]


Related Categories:
 Scenic Locations & Drives


Scenic Drives and Scenic Views
Hudson Valley
Hudson River Valley

Take a scenic drive through the Hudson Valley of New York. Enjoy beautiful lakes, reservoirs, and mountains throughout the Hudson Valley landscape. See the stunning mountains, valleys, and lakes of the Hudson River Valley. Allow your senses to take-in the natural beauty of the rivers and mountain backdrops; photograph the views.

If you're visiting or live in New York City, in approximately one hour you can be in Westchester or Rockland County in the most southern part of the Hudson Valley where you can see dine overlooking the Hudson. Find restaurants with waterfront views in Westchester and restaurants with waterfront views in Rockland County.

    Visit the charming shops and villages in the River Towns along the Hudson River. For family fun, visit the playground in Matthiessen Park in Irvington, NY. Young kids and toddlers love the playground and older kids and adults can enjoy the coastline along the Hudson at Matthiessen Park. Picnic tables are available for a wonderful snack or lunch overlooking the Hudson River.

    Visit Cross River Reservoir where you can go boating and fishing in the quiet and serene waters of the reservoir. Don't forget fishing gear for a relaxing day of fishing in the Cross River Reservoir.

If you're taking a scenic drive through Westchester and are looking for fun things to do to keep the kids happy, plan a family day-trip to one of the beautiful parks along the Hudson River or the Long Island Sound. Go fishing in Westchester, or boating in Westchester, or just relax and picnic at a Westchester County park. On hot days of summer, cool off in one of many swimming pools and beaches available throughout Westchester County.

Moving up the river, drive along Route 202W/6W and enjoy spectacular views of the Hudson Highlands. Park the car at this scenic view, one mile from the Bear Mountain Bridge, and take in the magnificent views of Bear Mountain.

    Continue driving north until you reach the charming Village of Cold Spring. Spend a day in the historic Village of Cold Spring. In 1973, the Village of Cold Spring, New York was designated a Federal Historic District, and tourists have been visiting Cold Spring’s historic sites, shops, restaurants and hiking trails since.
Driving further north, up the river, visit Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park. This 14,086-acre park, covering Putnam and Dutchess counties, boasts
and on the hot days of summer, you can go swimming at Fahnestock beach.

    Fun things to do in the winter with the family in Putnam, NY, include visiting Fahnestock Winter Park. Bundle up and go sledding and snowboarding at Fahnestock Winter Park in Putnam and Dutchess counties.

Driving further north in Putnam you'll enter Dutchess County. Dutchess offers many scenic spots, including,

  • Beacon Point, the future home of a cutting-edge "Green" hotel/conference center.


  • Madam Brett Park.
  • This 12-acre park in Beacon connects to the "Beacon Shoreline Trail" providing a link between Dennings Point, Long Dock Beacon and the Beacon train station. Madam Brett Park is an urban oasis along the Fishkill Creek in Beacon featuring tranquil trails and a waterfall.

  • Shaupeneak Ridge , offering great hiking and mountain biking, is a 570-acre park that can be used by educators as an outdoor classroom.


  • Poets' Walk, a 120-acre park nestled in the region's famous National Historic Landmark District. Poets' Walk offers breathtaking views of the Hudson River, Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge and Catskill Mountains. A visit to this property by Washington Irving is said to have inspired his classic story "Rip Van Winkle".
North of Dutchess County is Columbia County, home to Lake Taghkanic State Park. Lake Tahkanic Park was named one of the Top 100 Campgrounds in the nation. The park is nestled next to Lake Taghkanic in the rolling hills and lush forests of Columbia, New York. Columbia is also home to many local farms, CSA farms, and pick-your-own farms. While picking organic produce in Columbia County, look up at the very beautiful views and rolling hills all around you.

In autumn, the backdrop of breathtaking fall colors enhances hiking, biking, and walking in the parks of the Hudson River Valley. Explore scenic parks offering activities and attractions for the whole family. While taking a scenic drive through the Hudson Valley, visit parks, nature preserves, hiking trails, biking trails, and more; all very beautiful and abundant in the Hudson Valley of New York.




Top of Page