Saugerties Things to Do: 4 Day Hikes

Saugerties, a port town with old world charm on the bank of the Hudson River, nestles at the beautiful blue foothills of the Catksill Mountains. Discover why one of the most popular Saugerties things to do is hike. Here are some day hikes BBonline recommends.

Hiking Trail to Saugerties Lighthouse
Saugerties, Ulster County, NY 12477

You can follow the easy Ruth R. Glunt Nature Trail which leads to the historic 19th century Saugerties Lighthouse on the Hudson River. The ½ mile trail takes you through wild flowers and marsh grass, past tall cottonwood trees and cattails.The trail floods at high tide, so you will probably encounter woody debris and flotsam after high water.

If you'd like to avoid flooded trails, check the local tide tables for information about the exact timings of high and low tide. It generally takes about 2 hours for a 5-foot high tide to clear. You can check the lighthouse website for an online tide table.

Esopus Creek Conservancy Trail
Saugerties, Ulster County, NY 12477

The Esopus Bend Nature Preserve has 58 species of butterflies, more than 160 species of birds, and various types of salamanders, turtles and frogs. The highest point on the preserve dissects the South Trail loop at 150 feet above sea level.

The Esopus Creek borders half the preserve, so you get to see the water. Pets on leash are allowed and you can choose from 4 trails:

  • The Schroeder Trail - This 1.2 mile trail is an old farm road leading to Esopus Creek. It loops back over the historic Carriage Road.
  • The Meadow Trail - This trail takes you to a restored meadow full of butterflies and to what locals refer to as the "cove." Just across the cove is the Saugerties Village beach.
  • The Wetlands Trail - This one leads to the wetlands and the view of a beaver dam. It is suggested that hikers stay on the trail throughout their walk. 
  • The South Trail - This trail skirts the Esopus Creek through a mixed hemlock forest before turning inland to a deciduous ravine, where you follow a stream with a cave and a waterfall.

It's worth heading out to the Esopus Creek Preserve from your comfortable Saugerties Bed and Breakfast.

Indian Head Mountain Loop
Saugerties, Greene County, NY 12477

This loop trail up in the Catskills going up to 1,573 feet is a strenuous 6 mile trek, but offers plenty of magnificent views of mountains and the cliffs of Indian Head, soaring to 500 feet. The walk lasts 4 ½  hours and takes you through wild flowers and aromatic vegetation. You can see wildlife such as deer and porcupines.

The climb is difficult, especially in places before the summit, which makes the area a favorite with ice climbers. If you're confident and fit, this hiking trail offers great adventure close to your Saugerties Inn.

Huckleberry Point Trail
Saugerties, Ulster County, NY 12477

You will climb to a height of 600 feet on this moderate level 3½-hour trip.This is one of those rare hikes in the Catskills where getting to the lookout point will not be a trying 3 to 4 hour climb. The Huckleberry Point Trail itself (after a ¾ mile walk down an eroded road through woods) is a pleasant narrow path through a forest. On the way to the point, you cross a stream and climb a little before getting down to the Huckleberry Point and enjoying spectacular views of the Hudson Valley and the mountains.