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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
- Get involved with the Trail Conference's Lean-to Maintenance, Repair and Reconstruction Program in the Catskills
- 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 CCC connects volunteers to existing opportunities and if necewssary, create new opportunities to support volunteer work throughout 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.
Catskill Trails Map Set
A revised 11th edition for 2016 is currently at the printer! Stay tuned for availability in late November!
Already one of the Trail Conference's most popular maps, a revised 11th edition of the Catskill Trails map set provides hikers with the most up-to-date and accurate trail map of the Catskill Park available. This six-map set features trails in and around Catskill Park in Delaware, Greene, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster counties of New York, covering more than 325,000 acres of protected land.
Made by the people who build the trails, this map set features more than 400 miles of marked trails in and around Catskill Park, including over 100 miles of the Long Path. This revised edition includes a number of trail updates, including the new nine-mile route of the Long Path south of Phoenicia, which incorporates a magnificent trail over Romer Mountain, Mount Pleasant and Cross Mountain in the Slide Mountain Wilderness. The location of the newly opened Catskill Interpretive Center in Mount Tremper is shown, and the routes of many trails have been adjusted to reflect more accurate GPS data. The DEC parkland classifications have been adjusted near Belleayre Mountain to reflect recent changes, and additional New York City DEP watershed lands have been added throughout the map coverage area. 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, detailed trail mileages, 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 available in print format in vibrant color on waterproof, tear-resistant Tyvek.
At only $16.95 ($12.71 for Trail Conference members), this comprehensive map set is a must-have for exploring the wild outdoors of the Catskills.
This map set should available in late November. Check back later for details about obtaining this new map set in both print and digital format!
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.