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: 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.