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Catskills -- Southern
|Park Overview:|| |
This region includes Slide Mountain, the highest peak in the Catskills and a popular destination for hikers. [Use Trail Conference Maps 143 & 146]
|Dogs:||Dogs off leash|
|Trail Miles:||120 miles|
|Park Acreage:||80000 acres|
|Buy Trail Map:||Catskill Trails Map Set - Maps for Hiking the Catskills|
|Buy Book:||Catskill Mountain Guide |
Trail Conference volunteers maintain trails in this park.
|Park Description:|| |
Outside the North/South Lake area, the Catskills' most-hiked trails are those that climb Slide Mountain, the highest peak in the range at 4,180 feet. Slide Mountain was publicized by the writings of naturalist John Burroughs, who is fittingly memorialized by a plaque on the summit ledge. It may well be the most popular peak in the area, but Slide is far from the only offering. Together the Slide Mountain Wilderness Area and the Big Indian Wilderness Area cover more than 80,000 acres - an area larger than some national parks - with many other peaks and trails that offer a backcountry experience unparalleled within a hundred miles of Times Square.
Below is a list of Catskill 3500 Peaks in this region sorted according to their elevations.
● Does not have maintained trail to summit
■ Register box on summit maintained by Catskill 3500 Club
Opened in 2015 and located on Route 28 several miles north of Ashokan Reservoir, the Catskill Interpretative Center is “… a place where residents and visitors can learn about [the] unique natural, historical, and cultural resources” of the region.
|Trails Overview:|| |
Trail Conference “Southern” Map 143 provides descriptions, turning points and mileage markers for 15 trails. Below are three of them:
Trail Conference “Vernooy Kill” Map 146 traces a 25-mile segment of the Long Path [blue blaze] as it passes southeast through Sundown Wild Forest and then continues past Vernooy Kill State Forest to reach the town of Kerhonkson and then beyond [Map 146 grid start/end points: J10/L11].
See the Location Tab above where parking areas are associated for the trails featured in the Overview, as well as for a segment of the Long Path, and trails in Bluestone Wild Forest. Trail Conference Maps 143 and 146 identify many additional parking areas.
Red Hill Trail
|Contact Information:||Department of Environmental Conservation -- Region 3 |