Ulster County

Ulster County is a county located in the state of New York, US. It sits in the state's Mid-Hudson Region of the Hudson Valley. In the 2010, the population was 182,493.

Ulster County is in the southeast part of New York State, south of Albany, immediately west of the Hudson River. Much of the county is within the Catskill Mountains and the Shawangunk Ridge. Ulster County has Minnewaska State Park, Mohonk Preserve, Sundown State Park, VerNooykill State Forest, Witches Hole State Forest, and Shawangunk Ridge State Forest and Sam's Point Preserve, which includes rare dwarf pine trees and VerKeerderkill falls.

The highest point is Slide Mountain, at approximately 4,180 feet (1,270 m) above sea level. The lowest point is sea level along the Hudson River.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,161 square miles (3,010 km2), of which, 1,126 square miles (2,920 km2) of it is land and 34 square miles (88 km2) (2.9%) of it is water.
The New York State Thruway Interstate 87 runs north–south through the county, carrying traffic to and from New York City and its surroundings.


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New York State
Ashokan High Point
Big Indian Wilderness
Black Creek State Forest (Esopus)
Bluestone Wild Forest
Cornell Mountain
Esopus Bend Nature Preserve
Falling Waters Preserve
Giant Ledge
Oak Ridge Multiple Use Area
Overlook Mountain
Panther Mountain
Romer Mountain
Saugerties Waterfront Park
Shawangunk Multiple Use Area
Slide Mountain
Terrace Mountain

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Map: Peekamoose And Table Mountains

Map: Peekamoose And Table Mountains

The Slide Mountain Wilderness, encompassing over 47,500 acres, is the largest and most popular wilderness area in the Catskills. 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.


Map: Oneteora Lake

Map: Oneteora Lake

Located at one of the most popular gateways to the Catskill Park, the 3,000-acre Bluestone Wild Forest, just 3 miles west of historic Kingston in Ulster County has something for everyone. Developed access is provided to Onteora Lake off State Route 28, one of the few publicly accessible lakes in the Catskills. Its lake, ponds, trails, old quarries, hemlock and oak forests on gently rolling hills - and an occasional cliff- are ideal for hiking, mountain biking, fishing, hunting and cross-country skiing. Bluestone WF is in the Towns of Hurley, Woodstock, Ulster and Kingston. This wild forest consists of numerous smaller parcels scattered throughout the region and a loosely connected mosaic of parcels making up the largest piece between Zena Road (Route 39) and Route 209, which is described below.

More about this state forest: http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/75323.html

Map: Black Creek State Forest

Map: Black Creek State Forest

The 595-acre Black Creek State Forest is part of a network of public and private conservation lands surrounding the John Burroughs Nature Sanctuary along Black Creek, an important tributary of the Hudson River.

There are no designated or marked trails in Black Creek State Forest, however there are unmarked and unmaintained herd paths throughout the State Forest.


Map: Balsam Mountain Via Rider Hollow

Map: Balsam Mountain Via Rider Hollow

The Big Indian Wilderness Area encompasses over 33,500 acres of "Forever Wild" Forest Preserve lands in the heart of the Catskill Park. Wilderness, in contrast to areas where man and his works dominate the landscape, is where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.

In fact, the Big Indian Wilderness Area provides the user with the longest stretch of trail through uninterrupted virgin forest in the Catskills, offering numerous opportunities for solitude in a remote and rugged environment.