Bristol Beach State Park, in the Town of Saugerties, provides views of the Hudson River. Migrating passerines and waterfowl follow the river inland during spring and back to the coast in the fall. Among summer nesters are Eastern Bluebirds. Scan the river from an elevated parking area and walk quietly out on the peninsula to the south end, checking for waterfowl in the cove on the west side. Exposed mudflats in the cove attract herons, egrets, and shorebirds during low tide in late summer and early fall. Winter activity will vary based on ice conditions: watch for unusual species of gulls and a diverse array of waterfowl at first ice-out in late winter. Bald Eagles may be seen throughout the year.
Directions: Take US 9W north from the village of Saugerties, turn east onto Emerick Road (opposite Lauren Tice Rd) in Eavesport, just before entering West Camp. Follow Emerick Road 0.6 mile to the park.
Latitude, Longitude: 42°06’45″N, 73°55’35″W
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