The Scenic Hudson group announced in July 2011 that they have been able to make a spectacular Hudson Riverfront trail in Saugerties available to the public.
Falling Waters Preserve, just south of the Village of Saugerties, is a stunningly diverse 168-acre preserve containing featuring streams, meadows, wetlands, hardwood forest, dramatic waterfalls and more than a mile of Hudson Riverfront. Three miles of trails will connect visitors to these natural treasures.
The creation of Falling Waters Preserve is the result of a unique collaboration. The Dominican Sisters, who own the property, generously granted Scenic Hudson an easement on the land and agreed to allow public access to a portion of it. Scenic Hudson park planners worked with the Sisters and the Esopus Creek Conservancy (ECC) to augment an existing riverside trail system while protecting the Sisters' privacy. New trails were constructed and will be maintained by Scenic Hudson and ECC. An informational kiosk at the preserve's entrance explains the history of the land, once the site of an enormous icehouse.
QUESTIONS? Contact Scenic Hudson Parks Event and Volunteer Coordinator Anthony Coneski.