Map | Ulster

The Town of Ulster, NY, home to Hamlets Lake Katrine and Ruby, is known as the business hub of Ulster County and “the Hudson Valley’s Gateway to Beauty and Business.” Nestled in the Valley at the foot of the Catskill Mountains, Ulster is 90 miles north of New York City and 50 miles south of Albany, directly off Route 87. The Town almost completely surrounds the City of Kingston, New York State’s first capital, and also provides easy access to Rhinebeck and Red Hook, as well as Saugerties and Woodstock.

Created by an act of the Ulster County Board of Supervisors in 1879, with land taken from the Town of Kingston, Ulster is popular today for its summer festivals and County fairs; shopping along Ulster Ave/Route 9W; and skiing, fishing, boating and hiking outside the Town center.

Residents and visitors enjoy the Town’s Charles Rider and Robert Post Parks along the Hudson River, as well as Esopus Creek, which flows northward through the center of town.


The Town of Ulster was created in 1879 as protest against what was considered political malfeasance by the authorities of the Town of Kingston. Earlier that year, a New York Times article stated, “The election today in the Town of Kingston, famous for plunder and pauperism, the Ring and the ruffian element combined to defeat the tax-payers’ ticket…”


Established: 1879
Total Area: 28.88 square miles
Elevation: 161 feet
Zip Codes: 12449, 12401, 12477, 12475
Population (2010): 12,327


Artists’ Soapbox Derby
Arts Society of Kingston Gallery
Backstage Productions
Broadway Arts
BSP Kingston
The Burning of Kingston
Catskill Ballet Theatre Company
Coach House Players
Donskoj Gallery
Esopus Meadows Lighthouse
Green Kill
Hooley on The Hudson Irish Festival
Hudson River Maritime Museum
Hudson Valley Mall
Keegan Ales
Kingston Greek Festival
Kingston Jazz Festival
Kayak Festival
Kingston Farmers Market
Kingston Point Beach
O+ Festival
Ogden Mills & Ruth Livingston Mills State Park
Rondout Lighthouse
The Storefront Gallery
Trolley Museum of New York
Ulster County Italian Festival
Ulster Performing Arts Center
Zaborski Emporium

Photos (L-R): Bread Alone, Lake Katrine – Bread Alone | Robert Frost Park – Town of Ulster | Charles Rider Park – Town of Ulster | Jolly Cow, Roy Gumpel, Chronogram