Shaupeneak Ridge Cooperative Recreation Area
Old Post Road, Village of Esopus, town of Esopus, Ulster County, NY
489 acre wildlife conservation area owned by Scenic Hudson


Directions:

From the Mid-Hudson Bridge in Poughkeepsie heading west, follow Route 44 west to its intersection with Route 9W; head north on Route 9W through West Park; turn left (around green mileage marker 11 71) onto Old Post Road.  In 0.1 of a mile turn right into the Recreation Area's parking lot.   

There is an upper parking area off Old Post on Poppletown Road that brings the hiker to the lake.


Geology:

This preserve is a part of the Marlboro Range that runs from Kingston south to Marlboro. 


Habitats:

eastern cliffs, talus slopes, Pond, waterfall, overlooks, forest


Wildlife:

muskrat, beaver, water fowl, osprey, heron.


Facilities:

available for hiking, picnicking, nature study, fishing, and hunting. Along with unique plant communities and centuries old hemlocks, the ridge is home to coyotes, foxes, deer and wild turkeys. Bald eagles and osprey visit the glacially carved pond area. Open dawn to dusk.

Top Ten List of Things to Do, See, and Learn About the Town of Esopus

6.)View the Mountains......Shaupeneak Ridge. Open to the public for hiking, picnicking, nature fishing and hunting. Off Poppletown and Old Post Road, Esopus


Trails:

3.5 miles of trails

The Recreation Area is located on both sides (east and west) of Poppletown Road. 

One can take the white trail north to the main part of the area.  On the way one can take the short violet trail to see the waterfall.  The white trail hooks left then northeast up to the main area.  The red trail goes west and southwest to the blue trail around Louisa Pond.  The orange trail (for biking) goes west in a semi-circle out and back from the blue trail on the west side of Louisa Pond. 

8/27/04.  A short stop just to see where the place was and to look at the kiosk for information on trails and background information. Dr. Patrick L. Cooney.


PLANT LIST:
Dr. Patrick L. Cooney
* = plant found in bloom  on day of field trip, August 27, 2004


Trees:
Juniperus virginiana (red cedar)
Populus deltoides (cottonwood)
Quercus rubra (red oak)

Shrubs:
Myrica pensylvanica (bayberry)

Herbs:
Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed) *
Centaurea maculosa (spotted knapweed) *
Daucus carota (Queen Anne's lace) *
Medicago lupulina (black medick) *
Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose) *
Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima (black-eyed Susan) *
Silene vulgaris (bladder campion) *
Solidago spp. (goldenrod) * Acer saccharinum (silver maple)
Verbascum thapsus (common mullein)

Grasses:
Phragmites australis (giant reed grass) 
Setaria glauca (yellow foxtail grass)