Falling Waters Preserve
Photo by Keith Kopycinski, 2011

Falling Waters Preserve

Dominican Lane
Saugerties, NY 12477

The Scenic Hudson group announced in July 2011 that they have been able to make a spectacular Hudson Riverfront trail in Saugerties available to the public.


Falling Waters Preserve, just south of the Village of Saugerties, is a stunningly diverse 168-acre preserve containing featuring streams, meadows, wetlands, hardwood forest, dramatic waterfalls and more than a mile of Hudson Riverfront. Three miles of trails will connect visitors to these natural treasures.


The creation of Falling Waters Preserve is the result of a unique collaboration. The Dominican Sisters, who own the property, generously granted Scenic Hudson an easement on the land and agreed to allow public access to a portion of it. Scenic Hudson park planners worked with the Sisters and the Esopus Creek Conservancy (ECC) to augment an existing riverside trail system while protecting the Sisters' privacy.  New trails were constructed and will be maintained by Scenic Hudson and ECC.  An informational kiosk at the preserve's entrance explains the history of the land, once the site of an enormous icehouse.


QUESTIONS? Contact Scenic Hudson Parks Event and Volunteer Coordinator Anthony Coneski.

To volunteer for future trail work on the new preserve, contact
From the Village of Saugerties, drive south on 9W, make a left onto Josephs Drive, make a right at the T section onto York Street.  Dominican Lane is your first left.
Click here for a Google Map illustration of these directions.