Esopus
  • Esopus Meadows Lighthouse

Gently-sloped lands with banks high above the Hudson River and a tall ridge line, offering shelter from the prevailing westerly winds, create an ideal and varied agricultural environment. Wineries sell locally-produced wine and farm stands offer freshly-picked fruits and vegetables, baked goods, hot cider and local crafts. For those who prefer a step fresher, you can pick-your-own apples or pumpkins.

Esopus is historically a port town with many active marinas in the hamlets of Connelly and Port Ewen. The Klyne Esopus Museum has many artifacts and documents relating to maritime activity and our local and Native American history. On the Rondout, Sleightsburg Park offers fishing as well as a public boat launch. The Esopus Meadows Lighthouse is the last remaining wooden lighthouse on the Hudson. Upstream from here, the gentle current of the Wallkill River offers leisurely canoeing, kayaking or fishing. The famed Perrine’s Bridge, built in 1853, is the second-oldest remaining covered wooden bridge in New York. There are also numerous riverside hiking trails of varying abilities and nature preserves, including John Burroughs’ Slabsides and Nature Sanctuary. For more information and links, visit: www.esopus.com and www.esopusbusinessalliance.org.