Catskills Programs

About the Catskills Programs

The Catskills Community Trails Program supports our regional stewardship, trail maintenance and lean-to building efforts to improve local economies and quality of life by connecting communities to the surrounding open space. Our work in the Catskills includes advocacy for the Catskill Park and region, volunteer management for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation on state lands, and regional outdoor recreation planning in addition to trail, bridge and lean-to maintenance, repair and reconstruction. This work is completed by a mix of staff and volunteers and requires ongoing funding, volunteer labor, building materials, tools and support.

The Trail Conference maintains 351 miles of trails in the Catskills.


Key Initiatives

Catskills Conservation CorpsCatskill Conservation Corps

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.

Build and Maintain Trails

  • Built and opened the first section of the new Nature Trail at the Catskill Interpretive Center, which leads visitors to a picnic area and scenic view.
  • Trail Conference volunteers carried materials up to the 3,810’ summit of Sugarloaf Mountain, constructing 80% of new bog bridging, to improve the trail experience atop the high peaks of the Devil’s Path.
  • Facilitate ongoing Trail Adoptions and Maintenance along 350 miles of trails.
  • Conduct Trail Crew work trips and Trail University workshops to train volunteers and improve trails East of the Hudson River.

Lean-to Repair and Reconstruction

  • Echo Lake Leanto was rehabilitated with a new roof, fresh coat of stain and a new privy. Seven additional leantos were stained, protecting them for years to come.
  • Thanks to a generous grant from REI, work from the Trail Conference and the DEC constructed two brand new leantos: German Hollow and the Batavia Kill. 

Advocacy, Conservation and Stewardship

  • The Catskill Center hosts and coordinates a cooperative partnership of diverse stakeholders throughout the Catskill region called Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership (CRISP). The Catskills Center is one of eight Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISMs) in New York funded by the Environmental Protection Fund. The Catskill Conservation Corps and the Trail Conference connect volunteers with CRISP  invasives initiatives, and partner with them for events and programming.

Impacts

See what our volunteers and staff accomplished:

    Get Involved

    There are a number of opportunities available for volunteers of all skill levels.

    The Trail Conference helps connect volunteers with activities throughout the Catskill Park. Contact us.


    Explore the Catskills Region

    Catskill Park

    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.

    Kaaterkill Rail Trail

    The idea of opening a multi-use, non-motorized public trail on the Ulster & Delaware Railroad bed originated in the early 1970s among residents and business owners in the Town of Hunter.  It took more than 30 years, but the KRT has finally come to fruition thanks to the collaborative efforts of the Town of Hunter, the Mountain Top Historical Society, the Greene Co. Soil & Water Conservation District, NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC), and the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, whose volunteers helped construct and will maintain the trail. 
    Learn more about Kaaterkills Rail Trails

    Trail Alerts and Conditions

    See our News Center for the latest trail alerts and conditions.


    Maps and Guides

    Restored Fire Towers - free brochures and maps
    Long Path - Hike the newest section between Phoenicia and High Peaks of the Catskills. Trail description and free map.
    Catskills Trails Map Set - Suggested hikes

    Support Initiatives in the Catskills

    If you love the trail regions in the Catskills, and love the work that the Catskill Conservation Corps and the Trail Conference are doing, please Donate today.


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