The Town of Wawarsing and the Village of Ellenville Gateway to the Scenic By-way

Tucked away in the southwestern corner of Ulster County, NY, lies the Town of Wawarsing and, within it, the Village of Ellenville, the hamlets of Napanoch, Spring Glen, Wawarsing, Cragsmoor, Greenfield Park and part of Kerhonkson.  In a valley defined by the Shawangunk Mountains to the east and the Catskills to the northwest, the Town of Wawarsing is a great place to visit, live and do business.  

Along with beautiful and unsullied views of the Shawangunk Mountain Region, the Town of Wawarsing has much to offer: Recreation, cultural events, national and local history, and above all, small town hospitality.  From hang gliding to hiking, horseback riding, golfing and trout fishing, there is much to choose from in the immediate area. 

Great local restaurants, the renowned Shadowland Theatre, a Farmers’ Market, free outdoor concerts, a terrific hometown Fourth of July parade, and the famous annual Blueberry and Huckleberry Festival make this a great place to be, especially in spring and summer.  ArtsWAVE, a local artists association, sponsors wonderful public art exhibits and community programs. Route 209 travels past many local farms and farm stands, showcasing the Rondout Valley’s beauty and bounty. 

Why not spend a few days here at one of our many accommodations which range from campgrounds to bungalows to modern resorts and spas. Once famous for its resorts, Wawarsing still offers a beautiful, wholesome place to vacation and renew yourself. 

At the top of the highest point of the Shawangunk Ridge lies Sam’s Point Preserve—5,400 acres sheltering one of the finest Dwarf Pine Barrens in the world. You can visit the Ice Caves, and learn about the Blueberry Pickers from days past (if you come in July, you might get to pick some of your own!).  Our mountains are unique, and hiking trails abound throughout the area. Consider viewing a beautiful, roadside waterfall, Laurenkill Falls on your next visit.

The Ellenville Public Library & Museum houses a collection of over 50,000 books, as well as an outstanding local history museum and public art gallery. Other local history museums include the O&W Railway museum, the Greenfield Park Museum in an authentic one room schoolhouse, and The Quaker Meeting House Museum. 

In the center of town, you can see The Hunt Memorial, a building on the National Historic Register, across the street from our local ‘Roosevelt’ Post Office, built from local stone.

Ellenville’s Joseph Y. Resnick Airport provides transportation for both people and freight such as mail, perishable foods and more.  

Whatever your needs and interests, the Town of Wawarsing is a great place to be.  To learn more, visit theEllenville/Wawarsing Chamber of Commerce website.  Better yet, come visit us and see for yourself!  We look forward to meeting you.