Where to swim in Ulster County

Kingston Point Beach (DEC)

Kingston Point beach. On the Hudson River. Large sandy area for sunbathing. Volleyball net, pavilion, playground, boat launch, restrooms. Kingston Point Beach is located on Delaware Avenue in Downtown Kingston. No fee.


Saugerties Village Beach (photo by David Gordon)

Saugerties Village Beach. Esopus Creek. Sandy area for sunbathing, boat launch, restrooms. Located at the bottom of Partition St. in the village of Saugerties. No fee.

Ulster Landing Park. Hudson River. Sandy beach, boat launch, playground, hiking trails, BBQ area, restrooms. 916 Ulster Landing Road, Saugerties.



Belleayre Beach (photo by Julie O’Connor)

Belleayre Beach. Pine Hill Lake. Swimming, boating, kayaking, stand on top paddle boarding, picnicking, horseshoe pits, volleyball, basketball, fishing, climbing wall. Fee.

Minnewaska State Park. Two swimming areas: Lake Minnewaska, near parking area, and Lake Awosting, a seven-mile roundtrip hike/swim. Fee.


Big Deep (photo by Dion Ogust)

Big Deep & Little Deep. Swimming holes in Woodstock. Permit required, can be obtained at Police Dispatch, 76 Tinker St. Big Deep parking off Rt. 212 about 1 1/2 miles east of center of Woodstock, Little Deep parking off Zena Rd. See map.

Split Rock. Swimming hole in Coxing Kill stream on Mohonk Preserve. Waterfall, large flat rocks for sunbathing. Parking fee.  Parking area off Clove Rd. See map.

Peekamoose Blue Hole. Beautiful, invigorating swimming hole in mountain stream. Permits required.

Otter Falls. Shandaken swimming hole in Esopus Creek with waterfall. No fee. Off County Rt. 47 (Oliverea Rd.). See map.
Vernooy Kill Falls. Swimming hole with waterfalls. Hike & swim. Park at DEC parking area at 576 Upper Cherrytown Road. No fee.




There are 5 comments

  1. Michael

    The Neher family owns Woodstock Building Supply and surrounding properties and the people that you are sending to millstream “swimming hole” are walking through his yard and swimming on his property. I love Woodstock Building Supply and this and the NY times publishing this stuff has caused their family a lot of headaches, people coming with music and alcohol and partying literally on his yard, as their land abuts the creek there.

    1. Jack Strappe

      Then “No Trespassing” signs should be posted, barbed-wire fenced and constant guard be maintained in order to keep down the liability cost premium. If the owners don’t do that, somebody drowns or gets physically hurt, then the owners can be sued for not acting responsibly.

  2. Jp

    Hopefully the problem all along has been people from out of town. I would hate to think that locals are just leaving their garbage around. It’s a shame, we have never really had these problems before.

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