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Hudson Valley Communities -
Your Guide to Southern Ulster County

School District report cards from the NYS Education Department are online at http://www.emsc.nysed.gov/repcrdfall2003/home.html

Gardiner, 12525

The Town of Gardiner is an Ulster County, NY community with a stunning view of the Shawangunk Ridge. Known for outdoor activities such as hang gliding, sky diving, rock climbing, hiking, horseback riding and bicycling, the community is also known for its farms and preservation of open space.

Based on the 2000 federal Census, the population of the town of Gardiner is approximately 5,238 persons with approximately 45 square miles of land and water surface area. The average density is about 116 persons per square mile.

The town is situated on the outer fringe of the New York metropolitan area. It is approximately equidistant from the Hudson River cities of Kingston, Newburgh and Poughkeepsie and approximately 75 miles north of New York City. The landscape varies from vertical rock cliffs and evergreen forests of the Shawangunk Mountains to the basins and broad floodplains of the Wallkill River, Shawangunk Kill and Mara Kill streams.

Gardiner Resources

Gardiner Library: http://www.rcls.org/gar/

Town of Gardiner: http://www.townofgardiner.org/Pages/index

Wallkill Valley Rail Trail: http://www.gorailtrail.org/mainframeset.shtml

Mohonk Preserve: http://www.mohonkpreserve.org/

New Paltz Central School District:


Highland, 12528(Town of Lloyd)

Just 3 miles from the Mid-Hudson Bridge, the City of Poughkeepsie, and Metro-North transit, Highland is a favorite community among NYC commuters.

The Town of Lloyd is located in the historic Hudson River Valley midway between New York State´s capital in Albany and New York City. Eight miles of magnificent Hudson River shoreline border the Town, and the visual prominence of Illinois Mountain provides a scenic backdrop. Originally part of the Town of New Paltz, Lloyd was incorporated by an act of the State Legislature on April 15, 1845. The population, at the time of the 2000 census, was 9,941.

Highland/Lloyd Resources:

Town of Lloyd: http://www.townoflloyd.com/

Highland Public Library: http://www.highlandlibrary.org/

Highland Central School District: http://www.highland-k12.org/

Highland Cultural Center for the Arts: http://www.hcc-arts.org/

Metro North - http://www.mta.info/mnr/html/mnrmap.htm

New Paltz, 12561

Mohonk Preserve

Whether you're leaving the City for a weekend or a lifetime, New Paltz is the destination of choice for those seeking a relaxing change of pace. Energize by hiking Mohonk or Minnewaska Preserve. Stay in one of the nearby B&Bs, resorts or hotels. Enjoy dozens of restaurants and shops, visit SUNY New Paltz or just enjoy the scenery. Refreshingly unique, and full of history and charm, this community also offers easy access to the Poughkeepsie Metro-North rail station.

New Paltz Resources

Elting Library in New Paltz: http://elting.newpaltz.lib.ny.us/

New Paltz Chamber of Commerce: http://www.newpaltzchamber.org/

New Paltz Central School District:http://www.newpaltz.k12.ny.us/

New Paltz Community: http://www.newpaltz.org/

Village of New Paltz: http://www.villageofnewpaltz.org/portal/

Town of New Paltz: http://www.townofnewpaltz.com/

Mohonk Preserve - http://www.mohonkpreserve.org/

Ulster County BOCES - http://www.ulsterboces.org/

Rosendale, 12472

The Town of Rosendale lies in the heart of Ulster County which, in turn, lies in the heart of New York's historic Hudson Valley. It is midway between New York City and Albany (the capital of NY), and midway between New Paltz and Kingston (the first capital of NY), exits 18 and 19 of the New York State Thruway (I-87).

Rosendale's most historic claim to fame is as the source of "Rosendale Cement", used most notably in the foundations of both the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty.


Cement was also the "foundation" of Rosendale, and not just because of the broad seam of limestone under the ground. The Town of Rosendale was carved out of four neighboring towns with the specific intent of putting the cement region into one political unit.

The 2000 Census population of 6,352 is up about 2% since 1990.

Rosendale Resources

Town of Rosendale http://www.townofrosendale.com/

Kingston City School District - http://www.kingstoncityschools.org/

New Paltz Central School District:http://www.newpaltz.k12.ny.us/

Rondout Valley Central School District - http://www.rondout.k12.ny.us/

The Delaware & Hudson Canal - http://www.nps.gov/upde/d&hcanal.htm

Mohonk Preserve - http://www.mohonkpreserve.org/

Shawangunk (pronounced "Shon-gum")

Pine Bush, 12566; Wallkill, 12589; Walker Valley, 12588

The Town of Shawangunk includes parts of the Pine Bush, Wallkill, Dwaarkill, Awosting, Walker Valley, Tillson Lake, and Bruynswick Communities.

Nestled along the eastern slope of the Shawangunk Mountains, this is Ulster County’s southernmost community. Several communities, such as Pine Bush and Wallkill, share their borders with Orange County. The small hamlets of Dwaarkill, Awosting, New Prospect and Walker Valley remain tribute to the areas early settlers. Horse and cattle farms still dot the landscape, and the area is growing into a commuter community as it is within easy reach of the Metro-North transit in Middletown.

Shawangunk Resources:

Town of Shawangunk - http://www.shawangunk.org/

Mohonk Preserve - http://www.mohonkpreserve.org/

Sam’s Point - http://www.shawangunkridge.org/hike.htm

Jansen Road.

Wallkill Central School District - http://www.wallkillcsd.k12.ny.us/

Pine Bush Central School District - http://www.pinebushschools.org/

Metro North - http://www.mta.info/mnr/html/mnrmap.htm

Accord, 12404 / Kerhonkson, 12446 - West of the Shawangunk Ridge

Country roads.. west of the Ridge

Accord and Kerhonkson are small communities within the Town of Rochester along Route 209. Many family farms still exist in this lowland area on the west side of the Shawangunk Ridge.

From these communities, it's just a quick ride to attractions such as Mohonk, Minnewaska, New Paltz, Pine Grove Dude Ranch, The Hudson Valley Spa, The Nevele Grand, Honors Haven Resort. What a great place to relax, and within easy driving distance of NYC and northern NJ! Low taxes, and about 18 miles from the NYS Thruway in New Paltz, 20 Miles from Kingston, and 7 miles from Ellenville.

Accord/Kerhonkson/Rochester Resources:

Mohonk Preserve - http://www.mohonkpreserve.org/

Town of Rochester - http://www.townofrochester.net/Pages/index

Accord-Kerhonkson online - http://www.accord-kerhonkson.com/

Rondout Valley Central School District - http://www.rondout.k12.ny.us/

Rondout Valley Growers Assn - http://www.rondoutvalleygrowers.org/

Catskill Park Preserve - http://www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dlf/publands/cats/

Cragsmoor, 12420 / Ellenville, 12428 / Napanoch, 12458 / Wawarsing

The small community of Cragsmoor perches atop the Shawangunk Ridge, while affordable Ellenville is nestled on its western side. Napanoch, southeast of the Rondout Reservoir, has become a getaway area for sportsmen. The communities of Lackawack and Shokan, in and near the Catskill Park Preserve, are dotted with vacation homes. Home to eagles, turkeys, and many species of birds, this area is the watershed for some of NYC's water supply, and so is quiet and peaceful.

Bluebirds in the Catskills

Cragsmoor/Ellenville/Napanoch/Wawarsing Resources:

Wawarsing.net http://wawarsing.net/

Mohonk Preserve - http://www.mohonkpreserve.org/

Sam’s Point - http://www.shawangunkridge.org/hike.htm

Cragsmoor Free Library - http://www.rcls.org/crg/

Ellenville Public Library - http://www.rcls.org/epl/index.html

Ellenville Central School District - http://www.ecs.k12.ny.us/

The Ellenville Press - http://www.ellenvillepress.net/

Catskill Park Preserve - http://www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dlf/publands/cats/

A great Napanoch historical website - http://www.fortunecity.com/westwood/fashoinave/35/index.htm



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