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.
From Scenic Hudson: "Black Creek Preserve is a great destination for a family-friendly hike, despite a few uphill climbs that may elicit groans from the under-10 contingent. Still, kids will love crossing the dramatic suspension bridge that spans the creek and exploring the Hudson River shoreline, whose flat stones are tailor-made for skipping. But the preserve also is a perfect place to explore some of the region's threatened species — from blueback herring and alewives that journey from the ocean to deposit their eggs in Black Creek to tall hemlocks under siege from the insect woolly adelgid. Information about these and other endangered plants and animals, as well as the creek itself, appears on kiosks throughout the preserve. Depending on when you visit, you may pass several vernal pools, temporary water bodies formed in small depressions from melting snow or winter run-off. Many types of wildlife depend on these for breeding and food. In spring, you'll likely be serenaded by a chorus of male wood frogs luring females to the pools to mate."
Things to Do at Black Creek Preserve
Hiking | Walking
Nature Trails with two+ miles of nature trails leading to Hudson River
Winter Activities at Black Creek Preserve
Cross Country Skiing
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After an invigorating day of birding, hiking, nature study, or just relaxing; pack a picnic from the healthy produce at one of the
Farmers' Markets in Ulster. Or select one of many excellent
restaurants in Ulster County.