A Bit about Ulster County

| July 22, 2007 | 0 Comments

Mountainous Ulster County was first occupied by the Esopus Indians prior to the establishment of a Dutch trading post in 1614 and the arrival of French Huguenots fleeing religious persecution in the late 17th century. Each of the pleasant towns here has its own storied past and many still boast centuries old historic homes as well as a wealth of local museums and antique shops. History enthusiasts will find no shortage of places to visit while visitors seeking a more modern cultural experience will find plenty diversion in towns such as Kingston or near the State University campus in New Paltz.

Bordered on the East by the majestic Hudson River and covered by the picturesque peaks and valleys of two separate mountain chains Ulster County has also become a haven for naturalists. Minnewaska State Park, Sam’s Point Preserve and the Mohonk Preserve offer a variety of trails for hiking, jogging and mountain biking. In particular, Ulster County has become a favorite destination for rock climbers offering a variety of conditions to meet all skill levels. Other popular outdoor activities in Ulster include cycling, golfing, swimming and boating, tubing, fishing, hunting, skiing and even hang gliding and skydiving.

For a more local activities and attractions visit the  Things to Do page, and for more information about Ulster County, visit the
Ulster County Tourism site.

About the Author: Karl T. Smith Jr. a graduate from East Carolina University with a degree in History. Mr. Smith now works part time as a freelance writer. He can be contacted at ksmithjr@hotmail.com

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