Denning, New York

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Denning is a town in Ulster County, New York, USA. The population was 516 at the 2000 census. The name come from an early landowner, William Denning.

The Town of Denning is located in the western part of the county. The location of the town in the Catskill State Park accounts in part for its low population.



The Town of Denning was established in 1849 from part of the Town of Shandaken. The region had been part of the Hardenburgh Patent granted to Johannes Hardenburgh in 1708. William Denning bought a tract of the original patent at a tax sale.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 105.3 square miles (272.6 km²), of which, 105.2 square miles (272.4 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (0.07%) is water.

The town is in the Catskill Mountains and borders Sullivan County, New York. It is rugged and heavily wooded. Most settlement is concentrated around the hamlet of Sundown on Rondout Creek, along the two branches of the Neversink River or in the plateau between the two valleys northeast of Red Hill, at elevations 2,500 feet (762 m) above sea level and higher.

Since the town is entirely within the Catskill Park, large tracts of land are owned by the state Department of Environmental Conservation as part of New York's Forest Preserve. These forests are either in the Sundown Wild Forest in the eastern parts of the town or the Slide Mountain Wilderness Area in its central regions. Within the former are the three southernmost Catskill High Peaks: Peekamoose, Table and Lone mountains. At 3,847 feet (1,173 m), Table's summit is the highest point in the town.

A lower mountain, 2,990-foot (910 m) Red Hill, has a fire tower on its summit popular with hikers. It is the only property in Denning listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 516 people, 215 households, and 124 families residing in the town. The population density was 4.9 people per square mile (1.9/km²). There were 517 housing units at an average density of 4.9/sq mi (1.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.93% White, 0.97% Native American, 0.19% Asian, and 2.91% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.55% of the population.

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