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|Park Overview:|| |
Thirty-five peaks and ridges in the Catskills have elevations of 3,500 feet or more; 19 of them have maintained trails to their summits. Hundreds of miles of trails of all degrees of difficulty invite the hiker to this varied and delightful area.
|Trail Uses:||Hiking, Mountain biking, Bridle path, X-C skiing|
|Dogs:||Dogs off leash|
|Trail Miles:||303 miles|
|Park Acreage:||292000 acres|
|Various towns, |
|Buy Trail Map:||Catskill Trails Map Set - Maps for Hiking the Catskills|
|Buy Book:||Catskill Day Hikes for All Seasons |
|Park Description:|| |
North of the more familiar metropolitan hiking areas are the Catskills, whose high summits and steep climbs can provide especially rewarding hiking. The paved roads through the mountains are well populated with hotels, bed-and-breakfast establishments, and private homes, but the higher, more rugged and remote parts of these mountains are unspoiled. From the summits and other vantage points, the views are magnificent. To the east, The Hudson River valley is spread out against a backdrop of New England hills, and in all directions lie the fir-topped peaks of the Catskills themselves, with little or no sign of human intrusion.
Thirty-five peaks and ridges in the Catskills have elevations of 3,500 feet or more; 19 of them have maintained trails to their summits. Hunter and Slide Mountains reach 4,000 feet in elevation.
Hundreds of miles of trails of all degrees of difficulty invite the hiker to this varied and delightful area. Although a great deal of the forest land in the Catskills can be explored using marked trails, hikers can find out what the wilderness is really like only by "getting off the beaten path." Trailless travel, or bushwhacking, often leads to interesting discoveries - a little-known waterfall, a balanced rock, or one of the remains of the mountain industries of the last century. Best of all, bushwhacking heightens the hiker's awareness of the environment.
Keep yourself informed about the latest Catskill news and trails opportunities by visiting the Catskill Trail News and Programs Page.
The Catskill Forest Preserve is comprised of state-owned lands within the "Blue Line" boundary of the Catskills region. The Preserve contains numerous wild forests, wilderness areas and campgrounds managed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation [DEC]. Many New York City watershed lands in the Catskills, managed by the NYCDEP, are open for hiking and boating. The Catskill Mountain Club provides a helpful overview with links to the NYCDEP site.
|Trails Overview:|| |
Catskill Park described on this page is not actually a single park but consists of public and private lands in the Catskills region open to hikers. This website subdivides the Catskills according to geographical location based on the Trail Conference “Catskill Trails” map set (link near top of page).
Each of these provides a description of the sub-region, trails overview, and directions.
Trails in the Catskills are marked with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation [DEC] plastic markers nailed to trees - blue for trails that run generally north-south, red for trails running east-west, and yellow for connecting trails or trails running diagonally.
The Long Path (aqua blaze) traverses the Catskill Park in a north-south direction for 94 miles,
Available on the Catskill sub-region pages linked above
|Contact Information:||NYS, Department of Environmental Conservation |