Located in the middle of the Hudson Valley, Ulster County’s fertile landscape feeds into the Catskill Mountains and Shawangunk Ridge. The ultimate oasis for green space, the Catskill Park and Catskill Forest Preserve offer more than a quarter million acres of forever wild woodlands.
An area characterized by its rich soil, Ulster County has maintained a thriving farming industry for centuries. Residents enjoy sourcing fresh ingredients from local farmers’ markets and stands throughout the area. Cash crops like dairy goods, apple orchards, and corn fields dominate the wide-open spaces of Ulster County, with the popularity of organic and mini-farms driving many eco-friendly visitors to the area.
Ulster County tourism draws on the area’s natural charm with a smorgasbord of museums, landmarks, outdoor activities, and historical sites. Kayak along the Hudson river, or spend an afternoon snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. The scenic Rail Trails, a true gem of the area, inspire quiet moments of reverence amidst the backdrop of its stunning landscape.
With small pockets of remote land, Ulster attracts residents looking for seclusion. Its populous historic uptowns boast quaint shops and restaurants, with lots of live entertainment during the summer months. A bit further out from New York City, the area is less popular with commuters looking for a convenient way into Manhattan.
Those seeking respite from larger city life will find the culture and conveniences of Ulster County as rich as the soil it stands on.