Charming towns with cozy cafes and unique boutiques nestled into breathtaking rural landscapes along the Hudson River, Ulster County has become a haven for artists and hikers alike. A perfect place to explore the natural beauty of the Hudson Valley or to soak up the artistic culture of the community that call it home.
Ulster County, orginally known as "Esopus" by its Dutch settlers, was established as a county on November 1st, 1683 when the province of New York was divided into twelve counties. The county was named after the Irish province of Ulster. Kingston was the first state capital of New York. The current borders for the county were finalized in 1809.
Important landmarks include Woodstock (yes, that Woodstock!), Minnewaska State Park, the Mohonk Mountain House located on the Shawangunk Ridge, Franny Reese State Park, the Senate House State Historic Site, and the the world’s longest pedestrian and bicycle bridge, the Walkway over the Hudson, which spans the Hudson River and is connected within Ulster County trails.