Bordering the Hudson River, the Hamlet of Highland (in the Town of Lloyd) is a great place to stop and relax as you explore the area’s extensive trails and scenic parks, right in the center of Ulster County’s agricultural heritage. A diverse and accomodating place to visit, Highland boasts the Walkway Over the Hudson (the newest State Park and the world’s longest pedestrian bridge), welcoming B&Bs in historic homes, family friendly fun at Rocking Horse Ranch Resort, wineries, apple orchards, parks, nature preserves and trails.
Come and explore the nearby wineries and orchards of Lloyd, Marlborough, Esopus, Gardiner, and New Paltz, world class rock-climbing and hiking in the Shawangunk Mountain Region, home of the one of the “hottest” small colleges in the country in New Paltz, and the nature preserves and spiritual retreats in the river town of Esopus.
Lying quietly to the west of Highland is the Hudson Valley Rail Trail, a family-friendly jewel of a trail that stretches from the hamlet of Highland westward toward New Paltz. The sun sparkles off the nearby creeks and ponds, the forest climbs the surrounding Illinois Mountain and the pleasures of enjoying the tranquil beauty and splendor of the countryside on a broad and level path await you.
The Town of Marlborough, just down the river from Highland, is the apple-growing heart of Ulster County, where you can also visit Gomez Mill House, the oldest Jewish dwelling in North America and take in some of the vineyards on our Wine Trail. If you’re here with the kids, the nearby “dude ranch” and water park are great ways to have fun.
Heading up the river to the town of Esopus, you’ll find hundreds of acres of natural preserve and miles of trails with spectacular views in the Scenic Hudson parks of Black Creek and Shaupeneak Ridge. This is the heart of Ulster County’s agricultural heritage, with vineyards and orchards in every direction. Take a tour of local wineries on the Wine Trail, take advantage of many opportunities to hike, climb, pick your own apples, pumpkins, visit the farm stands, or try the fare at several award-winning local restaurants that serve the local bounty.
Highland is only a short trip from New York City by train, bus or car, yet it offers endless possibilities for enjoying all that nature and a vibrant community has to offer.