Recreational Areas and Activities

Recreational Areas and Activities

Learn how to get passes for national and state parks, wildlife refuges, and other federal recreation sites. Explore a variety of outdoor recreational activities in Ulster County, like camping, fishing, hiking and more, by visiting the Ulster County REConnect website.

National and State Park Passes

The National Park Service and each of the 50 states operate their own park systems with different fees and types of passes. National and state parks do not accept each other’s passes.

Find a Recreational Area

Find information and services at for trip planning, reservations, and more. Learn about parks, forests, monuments, and other public lands across the U.S. and its territories. You can also explore these other options:

Parks and Forests

National Parks - There are more than 400 national parks protecting treasured landscapes and historic areas. Find a national park in your state or one you're planning to visit.

State Parks - Each state has its own system of parks with camping, activities, and historic places.

National Forests - Discover national forests and grasslands, home to 150,000 miles of trails, 57,000 miles of streams, 122 alpine ski areas, 439 wilderness areas, and 122 wild and scenic rivers.

Monuments and Historic Sites

National Monuments - Over the years, America's presidents established more than 100 national monuments, archeological, and historic sites on public lands. Locate national monuments by state.

World Heritage Sites - World Heritage sites are places of natural or cultural importance. By international treaty, they belong to all of the world’s people. Find World Heritage sites in the United States.

State Tourism Offices and Road Trip Suggestions

America's Byways - Ready for a road trip? Find maps and information about 150 distinct and diverse roads across America. Each has special archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational, or scenic qualities.

State Tourism Offices - State tourism offices can help you with all aspects of your visit. They have information about festivals and events, museums and landmarks, restaurants, lodging, and more.


You can camp at many national sites, including parks, national seashores, lakeshores, forests, and wilderness areas. Guidelines and fees to visit or use a campsite vary by location. Search for national camping spots and activities. You’ll get a summary of the campsite, maps, and contact information to make a reservation. For camping information in your state, contact your state park system or state tourism office.


You can find many national and state fishing locations, including lakes, rivers, and waterways. Explore national recreational areas to fish. Learn about many types of fishing, safety tips, and more. For information on saltwater fishing, visit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Resources for Fishermen or the National Saltwater Angler Registry. Each state grants permits (fishing licenses) and determines periods of time (seasons) when you can fish. For fishing laws and regulations in your state, contact your state fish and wildlife office. There may be rules on the type of bait and fishing equipment you can use. There may also be limits on the number, size, and type of fish you can keep.


Experience big game, small game, and bird hunting on America's public lands depending on where you go and the time of year. Search for national hunting sites and activities. Hunting fees, licensing, and seasonal restrictions vary by location. There are more than 370 national wildlife refuges and protected wetlands in the National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS). Find a map of national wildlife refuges that permit hunting. Everyone age 16 and older who wants to hunt must get a hunting license. Kids under 16 may need a junior hunting license. If you want to hunt waterfowl, you need a Federal Duck Stamp in addition to a state hunting license. For hunting licenses and regulations in your state, contact your state fish and wildlife office.

Boating and Other Activities

Public parks, lakes, and rivers offer a variety of boating activities. If you don’t own a boat, you can find places to rent one. Search national boating sites and activities. You’ll find descriptions of sites, maps, directions, and contact information.

Public lands provide many types of biking activities and trails. Search for national biking trails and cycling activities. When planning your bike ride, check your destination’s licensing, fees, and seasonal restrictions.    

You can also explore a wide range of hiking trails at public recreational areas. Many trails are paved to provide wheelchair access. Get information about national hiking trails and activities.



Adapted from - July 31, 2018

Filed Under: Fitness | Healthy Lifestyle