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Catskills Hiking, Trails and Programs
Trail Conference Resources & Programs in the Catskill Mountains
- Get involved with the Catskill Conservation Corps, a partnership between the Trail Conference and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
- Learn more about the Trail Conference's Catskills Community Trails Program and get news on Catskill Mountains trails, crews, workshops, volunteer opportunities, conservation and advocacy efforts, events and more!
- Get involved with the Trail Conference's Lean-to Maintenance, Repair and Reconstruction Program in the Catskill Mountains
- Hike the newest section of the Long Path between Phoenicia and High Peaks of the Catskills - Trail description and free map available.
Catskill Trails Programs and Publications
Trail Conference Programs
The Trail Conference's Catskills Community Trails Program supports our regional efforts and includes trail and lean-to building, stewarship and maintenance of trails and lean-tos and a full time staff person who works to connect communities to improve local economies and quality of life to the surrounding open space. There are a number of opportunities available for volunteers of all skill levels, including work on Trail Crews, Lean-to Caretakers, Trail Maintainers and Leadership positions. The Trail Conference also helps recruit volunteers for activities throughout the Catskill Park with our partners. If you are interested in getting more involved with stewardship activities across the park, please let us know by entering your information on our Catskill Park Volunteer page.
If you're interested on being on a mailing list for news and information on opportunities and events in the Catskills Mountains, complete our eNews registration and be sure to check off the Catskills as an interest.
The Catskill Conservation Corps is a partnership between the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation providing volunteer opportunities to the public on projects that protect natural resources and enhance outdoor recreation opportunities in the Catskill Mountains.
The Catskill Mountain Region is home to the Catskill Park with over 300 miles of hiking trails and 35 peaks over 3,500 feet in elevation. Learn more about the Catskill Park and review selected hikes throughout the region.
The Long Path
The 356 mile Long Path, which runs from the George Washington Bridge in New York City to Thatcher State Park just southwest of Albany, passes through the Catskill Mountains region for approximately 100 miles between Wawarsing in the south and Windham in the north. The Long Path follows the main ridges of the Catskill Mountains passing over the Burroughs Range (Slide, Cornell and Wittenberg Mountains), along with the Devil's Path range, which has been called one of the most difficult hikes in the east. The Long Path also makes its way through wild and untouched wilderness areas and follows the eastern face of the Catskill Mountains, offering amazing views of the Hudson Valley and the Taconic, Bershire and Green Mountains beyond.
In an effort to remove sections of the Long Path on roadways, the Trail Conference began work on a 9.5 mile trail building project thorugh the Slide Mountain Wilderness which will be completed in the summer of 2014 and is beginning planning on another section of new trail through the Vernooy Kill area.
Catskill Trails Map Set
The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference is excited to announce the 10th edition of their popular Catskill Trails map set, the most up-to-date and accurate trail map of the Catskill Park available. This six-map set features trails in and around the Catskill Park in Greene, Ulster, Delaware and Sullivan Counties of New York, covering more than 325,000 acres of protected land. More than 400 miles of marked trails, including over 100 miles of the Long Path, are shown on the map set, and the eastern end of the 558-mile Finger Lakes Trail is also included.
This revised tenth edition of Catskill Trails features a number of trail updates and other adjustments to the maps. Among the more significant additions are newly-marked trails in Shandaken Wild Forest, Elm Ridge Wild Forest, and Bearpen Mountain State Forest. A portion of the new Kaaterskill Rail Trail, scheduled to open this spring, has been included, and the relocation of the Long Path between Minnewaska State Park Preserve and Sundown Wild Forest is now shown. DEC state park land boundaries have been updated and include a recent large acquisition near Belleayre Mountain. Throughout the map set coverage area, more viewpoints and points of interest have been added, as well as additional primitive campsites and parking areas. Updated roads data throughout the region have been incorporated, and more New York City DEP watershed lands have been added. Many additional minor corrections and changes have also been made, making this new edition of the Catskill Trails map set even more accurate than before.
Additional map features include 50-foot contour lines, all 35 peaks in the Catskills over 3,500 feet, lean-tos, springs and other points of interest. Detailed trail descriptions on the map backs have been updated with the latest trail changes. As always, the maps are printed in vibrant color on waterproof, tear-resistant Tyvek.
At only $16.95 ($12.71 for Trail Conference members), this comprehensive Catskill Trails map set is a must-have for exploring the vast parklands in the Catskills.
To obtain this map set, call 201-512-9348, shop online by clicking here, or stop in at the Trail Conference office.
To learn more about the Trail Conference's efforts in the Catskills, including trail news, trail crew work, trainings, events and more, click here!
Catskill Trails was produced with generous support from Campmor, an outdoor store and retail partner of the Trail Conference.