Town of the Week: Highland (Ulster County)

  |  May 14, 2012

Hamlet of Highland, NY via Wikipedia

Last week, we looked at the town of Esopus in Ulster County, This week, we journey slightly south to the hamlet of Highland (the one in Ulster County, not the one in Sullivan County), located in the town of Lloyd, just before you cross the Mid-Hudson Bridge into Dutchess County.

We’re not sure about you, but we always considered Highland to be nothing more than a bunch of strips malls and hotels en route to the other side of the Hudson. Not so. Highland is also the home of the Ulster County entrance to the Walkway over the Hudson, not to mention the Franny Reese State Park, which is managed by Scenic Hudson, the Hudson Valley Rail Trail, and a number of other parks (peruse the town of Lloyd Parks and Rec page for a complete listing).

Franny Reese Park, via Scenic Hudson

Geographically speaking, Highland is in a sweet spot: It’s 9 miles east of the village of New Paltz, 16 miles south of Kingston, and 4 miles west of Poughkeepsie. Houses are not cheap in Highland, as prices reflect proximity to the river. The median home price sits a little north of $300,000, and there’s not much for five-figures. But there some nice estates on the market, and it’s certainly convenient for NYC commuters. Check out the town of Lloyd website for more information about the environs.

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