Shaupeneak Ridge, in the Town of Esopus, has 500 acres of second-growth woodlands and a mountain-top pond with a bog. Passerines migrate along the ridgeline in spring. Vireos, Winter Wren, Ovenbird, Scarlet Tanager, Ruffed Grouse, and other woodland species nest throughout. Worm-eating Warbler and Louisiana Waterthrush prefer the east-facing slope.
Directions: There are two parking areas, one at the foot of the mountain and one by Louisa Pond. From US 9W, 5.8 miles north of CR 299, turn left onto Old Post Rd. The lower parking lot is 0.2 miles on the right. Access to Louisa Pond is 2.5 miles further: continue on Old Post Rd, at the intersection with Poppletown Rd, go straight ahead to the top of the ridge and the parking lot on the left. Foot trails go around the lake, to a Hudson River overlook, and join the two parking areas. A marked trail map is available at www.scenichudson.org/parks/shaupeneakridge.
Latitude, Longitude: 41°49’37″N, 73°58’13″W (Lower lot)
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