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Black Creek Preserve

Black Creek Preserve is a 130 acre Scenic Hudson park that is a great destination for a family-friendly hike, despite a few uphill climbs. Two miles of trails pass through rolling forest heading to an overlook and small inlet on the Hudson River. Kids will love crossing the dramatic suspension bridge that spans the creek and exploring the Hudson River shoreline. Learn more at Scenic Hudson.

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Esopus Meadows Preserve

Esopus Meadows Preserve is a Scenic Hudson park offering 96 acres to to introduce children to the glories of nature along the Hudson River. Its variety of trails allows you to tailor you trek to the entire family. Its pavilion and tables are perfect for a rest and a picnic aginst a backdrop of the Esopus Meadows Lighthouse. Learn more at Scenic Hudson.

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Klyne Esopus Museum

The mission of the Klyne Esopus Museum is to preserve, interpret and disseminate 550 years of rich history of the Town of Esopus and along the Hudson River. Learn more at their website.

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Shaupeneak Ridge

This Scenic Hudson park features nearly 1000 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. Learn more at Scenic Hudson.

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Slabsides - The John Burroughs Sanctuary

After his death in 1921, friends formed the John Burroughs Memorial Association and acquired Slabsides, his 1895 cabin, to preserve and promote the legacy of the literary naturalist.  The name was changed in the 1960's to the John Burroughs Association (JBA) as the mission expanded beyond that of a memorial organization. Today, JBA owns and maintains Slabsides and the surrounding 200-acre John Burroughs Nature Sanctuary. Learn more at the JBA website.

 

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Sleightsburgh Park

This 79 acre park, owned by the Town of Esopus and preserved by Scenic Hudson, offers excellent fishing opportunities and breathtaking views. 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. Learn more at Scenic Hudson.