River Road, Village of Esopus, Esopus Township, Ulster County, NY


from the stoplight in Port Ewen; drive south on US 9W 0.5 miles to a left on narrow River Road; wind along for 2.7 miles to parking on your left at the Esopus Meadows Environmental Center.


Or Saw Mill River Parkway to the Taconic County Parkway north to the exit for Route 199; turn left and follow the road through the Village of Red Hook.  Heading toward Barrytown turn left onto Route 103 (River Road) south.  Turn right onto Route 199 west  heading over the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge spanning the Hudson River.  Get off at the exit for Route 32 south heading through the City of Kingston, Follow the directions above.

Open dawn to dusk. Dogs are allowed.


There are a number of trails in the preserve. 

8/27/04.  My son and I walked along the Hudson River until we could go not farther.  Then we turned around and started back.  We took a short walk out and back a little ways on the blue trail, a trail that in part overlooks a floodplain with marshy areas.  Dr. Patrick L. Cooney.

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

Acer rubrum (red maple)
Acer saccharinum (silver maple)
Acer saccharum (sugar maple)
Ailanthus altissima (tree-of-heaven)
Amelanchier arborea (shadbush)
Betula papyrifera (white birch)
Carpinus caroliniana (musclewood)
Carya cordiformis (bitternut hickory)
Carya glabra (pignut hickory)
Fraxinus americana (white ash)
Ostrya virginiana (American hop hornbeam)
Pinus strobus (white pine)
Platanus occidentalis (American sycamore)
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Quercus alba (white oak)
Quercus prinus (chestnut oak)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn)
Robinia pseudoacacia (black locust)
Sassafras albidum (sassafras)
Tilia americana (basswood)
Tsuga canadensis (eastern hemlock)
Ulmus americana (American elm)

Shrubs and sub-shrubs:
Amorpha fruticosa (false indigo)
Berberis vulgaris (Japanese barberry)
Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel)
Lindera benzoin (spicebush)
Lonicera morrowii (Morrow's honey suckle)
Mitchella repens (partridgeberry)
Philadelphus sp. (mock orange)
Rhododendron viscosum (swamp azalea)

Campsis radicans (trumpet creeper) *
Dioscorea villosa (wild yam root)
Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)
Smilax sp. (greenbrier)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)

Acalypha sp. (three-seeded mercury) *
Actaea alba (white baneberry)
Agrimonia gryposepala (common agrimony )
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard)
Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed) *
Amphicarpaea bracteata (hog peanut) *
Anemone virginiana (thimbleweed)
Antennaria sp. (pussytoes)
Arctium sp. (burdock)
Aster divaricatus (white wood aster) *
Aster macrophyllus (large-leaved aster) ?
Aster schreberi (Schreber's aster) ?
Centaurea maculosa (spotted knapweed) *
Chelone glabra (white turtlehead) *
Chrysanthemum leucanthemum (ox-eye daisy) *
Cichorium intybus (chicory) *
Cryptotaenia canadensis (honewort)
Dianthus armeria (Deptford pink) *
Erigeron annuus (daisy fleabane) *
Euthamia graminifolia (grass-leaved goldenrod) *
Galium sp. (bedstraw)
Geum canadense (white avens) *
Helianthus sp. (sunflower) *
Hemerocallis fulva (tawny day lily)
Hosta sp. (hosta) planted *
Impatiens capensis (orange jewelweed) *
Impatiens pallida (yellow jewelweed) *
Lactuca canadensis (wild lettuce)
Linaria vulgaris (butter and eggs) *
Lobelia inflata (Indian tobacco)  *
Lysimachia nummularia (moneywort)
Melilotus officinalis (yellow sweet clover) *
Pilea pumila (clearweed) *
Plantago major (common plantain)
Polygonum cespitosum (cespitose smartweed) *
Polygonum cuspidatum (Japanese knotweed)
Polygonum virginianum (jumpseed)
Potentilla simplex (common cinquefoil)
Prunella vulgaris (self-heal) *
Scrophularia sp. (figwort)
Smilacina racemosa (false Solomon's seal)
Solidago bicolor (silverrod) *
Solidago gigantea (late goldenrod) *
Taraxacum officinale (common dandelion) *
Thalictrum pubescens (tall meadow rue)
Trapa natans (water chestnut)  football fields of it
Urtica dioica var. dioica (stinging nettle) *
Verbena urticifolia (white vervain)
Veronica officinalis (common speedwell)
Viola sp. (violet)

Juncus tenuis (path rush)

Carex laxiflora type (loose-flowered sedge type)

Agrostis hyemalis (tickle grass) ?
Dactylis glomerata (orchard grass)
Microstegium vimineum (Japanese stilt grass)

Asplenium platyneuron (ebony spleenwort)
Dryopteris marginalis (marginal wood fern)
Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)
Osmunda cinnamomea (cinnamon fern)
Polypodium sp. (rock cap fern)
Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas fern)
Thelypteris noveboracensis (New York fern)