Sleightsburg Park, in Port Ewen, is a Town of Esopus park on a narrow spit of land on the south side of the mouth of Rondout Creek. Vireos, warblers and orioles nest in the canopy of deciduous trees. A large stand of cattails on the south side of the spit, that attracts Marsh Wrens and Least Bitterns, can be reached by canoe or kayak at high tide. In late summer, large numbers of Great Blue Herons and other wading birds congregate in Sleightsburg Bay at low tide.
Directions: From US 9W, just south of the Rondout Creek bridge, turn east at the traffic light and head north and downhill, turn right onto 1st Ave. for one block, left onto Everson St, and then right onto a gravel drive to the boat launch parking area. A foot trail leads east along the spit.
Latitude, Longitude: 41°55’10″N, 73°58’28″W
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