List of some of the places to visit while in Catskill Mountains Region:
The Catskills are criss-crossed with state-maintained hiking and multi-use trails. There are 35 peaks with an elevation over 3500 feet in the Catskills.
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Windham Mountain has over 40 trails and approximately 9 ski lifts. The highest peak is situated at a little over 3,000 feet. Ski Windham offers a mountain adventure sure to invigorate body and soul. Here you will find 34 slopes and trails spanning two mountain peaks with a 1600-foot vertical drop. Separate learning terrain for beginners, groomed cruising runs for all levels, and moguls and steeps for experts. Snow parks, a half-pipe, and glade skiing. Tubing is available nearby at Mountaintop Adventure Park, as well as ice skating and wall climbing. The snow tubing park has 10 chutes and two tows. Other activities: paintballing and golfing. .
Hunter Mountain - Elevation: Top: 3,200 feet Base: 1,600 feet, Vertical Drop: 1,600 feet, Skiing Terrain: 35 miles of skiing terrain; 54 open slopes and tree lined trails, 11 offer instant access to challenging steeps, huge moguls and wide-open cruising terrain; Longest Run: 2 miles; Slope Difficulty: Beginner: 30% Intermediate: 27% Advanced: 43%. Snowboarding half-pipe and terrain park is smack in the middle of the mountain next to an arsenal of snow guns. The snow tubing park features three "tube tow" lifts and 12 chutes — each nearly 1,200 feet long.
Delaware & Ulster Railroad - Arkville, NY, (845) 586-3877 Scenic train ride from Fleischmanns to Arkville.
East Durham Irish Cultural & Sports Center - East Durham, NY 12423, (518) 634-2286 - 108 acre site with an Irish village.
Greene County Council on the Arts - Windham and Catskill, NY, (518) 734-3104 or 943-3400 Exhibits by local, regional and national artists and artisans.
Howe Caverns - Howes Cave NY, (518) 296-8900 Natural rock formations 156 feet underground.
Iroquois Indian Museum -Howes Cave, NY, (518) 928-8955/296-8949 - Archeological collections, artwork and performances.
KaleidoWorld - Mt. Tremper, NY 12457, (845) 688-5800 or 1-888-303-3936 - The world's largest kaleidoscope.
Mountain Top Arboretum - Tannersville, NY 12485, (518) 589-3903 -Approximately 20 acres of plantings in a natural setting.
National Soccer Hall Of Fame - Oneonta, NY, (607) 432-3351 -Two floors exhibiting the sport's historical treasures.
Thomas Cole House - Catskill, NY 12414 -Nineteenth-century home of Hudson River School artist.
Windham Chamber Music Festival - Windham, NY 12496, (518) 734-3868 - Summer concert series.
Windham Theatre/Mini Golf - Windham, NY (518) 734-6110 -First-run movies, miniature golf, ice cream and snacks.
Windham Fine Arts - Windham, NY (518) 734-6850 -Featuring nationally and regionally renowned artists, rotating monthly shows, and art on display in a new annex.
Windham Vineyard and Winery - County Route 10, Windham, NY (518) 734-5214 -Wine tasting and sales year-round. Five minutes from the mountain. 10+ premium wines. Chocolate wine truffles are a specialty. Windham Vineyard is the highest elevation Winery and Vineyard in the North East and produces some of the best micro brewed wines on the East Coast. Great Wine, Spectacular Views and Guided Tours make for a great day in the Catskills.
Windham Mountain Ranch - Siam Rd., Windham 518-734-3364 -Historical working ranch. Pioneer museum, Carriage Museum, Blacksmith shop, Sap House and gift shop. Explore an 1880 covered wagon campsite, roast marshmallows over a bonfire and take a hayride to see the Elk and Native American horse herds and enjoy the petting zoo.
Woodstock - Woodstock, NY -Crafts shops, art galleries, gift shops and boutiques.
Zoom Flume Waterpark - East Durham, NY 12423, (518)239-6271, (800) 888-3586 Water slides, tube rides, snack bar.
Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project - Gilboa, NY 518-827-6111 -State-of-the-art exhibits and interactive displays demonstrate how our power is made and how it’s used. Next to Visitors Center, you'll find newly-renovated Lansing Manor, an early American country estate, built in 1819 by John Lansing, who represented New York as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention in 1787 and the state's Ratification Convention in 1788.
Catskill Mountain Railroad - Route 28, Mount Pleasant NY 845-688-7400 -The trains provide passenger service along the Catskills' scenic Esopus Creek. 6-miles round trip in the heart of the beautiful Catskill Mountains. At Phoenicia, experience life in the Catskills past and present by visiting the village merchants and the historic 1900 railroad depot.
American Museum of Firefighting: This Hudson-based museum has 83 engines on display and over 3000 pieces of related firefighting memorabilia. Open year round. Check out their virtual tour. (518) 828-7695
Arts Councils: Greene County Council on the Arts offers galleries, arts and crafts, shops, and information on cultural activities. Catskill Mountain Foundation Gallery offers an art gallery, bookstore, special exhibits and literature readings.
Bronk Museum: This complex of Dutch Colonial dwellings and 19th century barns includes the oldest surviving Dutch house in the Hudson Valley. The 1663 and 1738 dwellings are furnished with art, furniture, textiles, ceramics and silver. Open May through October. (518) 731-6490
Irish American Heritage Museum: Exhibits, films, lectures, and special educational programs chronicle the history and culture of the Irish in America. Open Memorial Day through Columbus Day. (518) 432-6598
Irish and Cultural Sports Centre: The Michael J. Quill Centre - educational programs in language, music, and literature, festivals, theatre, music and dance. A Gaelic sports field features traditional Irish sporting events. Open May through October. (800) 434-3378
Ukrainian Church: Built without nails the traditional way, the Ukrainian Church and Grazhda is definitely worth a visit. Attend a concert or Ukrainian craft workshop, or simply enjoy the lovely hand-carved interior and works of art. (518) 734-5330
Zadock Pratt Museum: Located on the circa 1828 homestead of Zadock Pratt, the area’s most prominent tanner, the museum features period furniture, artifacts from Pratt's life, and a tannery exhibit. Open Memorial Day through Columbus Day. (518) 299-3395
North Lake State Park and Campgrounds - Haines Falls - 518-589-5058 The Catskills' largest state-owned campgrounds. Swimming, hiking, biking, fishing, canoeing, camping. The park includes the site of the historic Catskill Mountain House.
RamsHorn-Livingston Sanctuary - Grandview Ave., Catskill -This is 480 acres of the Hudson's largest tidal swamp forest, a breeding ground and nursery for American shad and bass. 3 miles of trails. Following a half-mile walk, you can canoe from the tidal marsh out to the Hudson River
Junior Speedway - Route 32, Cairo, NY 518-622-4050 Go-karts - Family and rookie track. Bumper cars, miniature golf, arcade and picnic area.10 am - 10 pm.
Supersonic Speedway & Fun Park - East Durham, NY 518-634-7200 -Go-kart's, 21 hole miniature golf, batting cages, speed ball, kiddie rides arcade, shooting gallery, basketball, snacks, gifts. April - Columbus Day.
Town Park in Colchester - Delaware County - 607-363-2422/888-209-1543 Picnic by the water's edge. Visit the historic restored covered bridge, eagle watch, canoe, fish and more.
Ashokan Reservoir - Shokan -Spectacular vistas along the 40 miles of shoreline surrounding this 12-square-mile lake in the mountains.
CD Lane Park -Maplecrest - 518-734-4170 -Swimming, canoeing, ballfield, outdoor basketball court, pavilion.
Dry Brook Ridge Wild Forest - Margaretville - 845-255-0752 -Marked hiking trails to summit with dramatic 180 degree panoramic views.
Kirkside Park - Roxbury - 607-326-3722
www.roxburyny.com Recently restored to its former splendor and is now appointed with rustic bridges and winding paths that line the East Branch of the Delaware River. There is a marked nature trail and small island. Open year round.
Mount Utsayantha Trail System - Stamford - 607-652-7581 -Trails for outdoor recreationalists with scenic mountaintop views and serene valleys. Summit to fire tower.
Petrified Forest - Gilboa - 607-588-9413
Stone Arch Bridge Historical Park - Arkville. Built in 1872, three-arched stone bridge spanning Callicoon Creek. The only remaining one in the US.
Ponderosa Fun Park -Catskill, NY 518-678-9206 Largest go-kart track, bumper boats, fish for fun, miniature golf, driving range, shoot-out, batting cages, horses, ponies, snowmobiles in season, snacks and game room.
The Hunter area has a great number of waterfalls of various sizes. The most notable waterfall, Kaaterskill Falls Haines Falls NY 12436, (518) 589-5058. At 260 feet, this two-tiered fall is the highest in New York State.
Bastion Falls, commonly known as "horseshoe falls" is located on Rt. 23A, about a mile below Haines Falls.
Cohotate Preserve - Rte 385, Athens, NY (2 miles north of Catskill) - 518-622-3620 - Nature preserve with self guided tours on nature trails along the Hudson River.
Devil's Tombstone - Rte 214, Hunter - 845-688-7160 -Natural rock formation resembles a large tombstone. Hiking trails.
Diamond Notch Falls - This 15-foot fall is a hidden gem.
Newman's Ledge and the Catskill Mountain House Site -Overlook fifty miles of the Hudson Valley and into New England.
Shinglekill Falls - These falls lie on the Catskill's eastern fringe.
Bear Creek Landing - Rt. 214, Hunter - 518-263-3839 - Open all year. Horseback riding, featuring horses from Bailiwick Ranch.
Tanglewood Ranch - Cornwallville - 518-622-9531 - Open all year. Horseback riding, scenic trails, 5 state view. Pony rides. Western and English riding, Indian trading post and craft shop.
Bailiwick Ranch/Catskill Equestrian - Castle Rd, Catskill - 518-678-5665 - Open all year. Horseback riding, scenic mountain trail rides, 1-2 hours. Pony rides, petting zoo. English and Western riding instructions.
K & K Equestrian Center - Rt 67, East Durham - 518-966-4829 Open May 1 - Oct 31. Guided scenic trail rides, attention to beginners. Horseback riding, pony rides, lessons and pony parties.
Rough Riders Ranch - Rt 23C, East Jewett - 518-589-9159 -Open all year. Ride with a Calvary Sgt and experience the Spirit of the Old West. Trail rides, pony rides, petting zoo, theme rides, overnight riding adventures, paddock riding and riding lessons.
Hiking and Mountain Walks: Enjoy views and vistas of the Hudson River, Kaaterskill Falls, and historic sites from short walks or all-day hikes. The Escarpment Trail offers a five-hour round trip hike. Check out Hike the Catskills for additional information.
Trails within 35 miles:
Blenheim - Gilboa Power Project Lower and Upper Reservoirs. Canadarago Lake, Otsego Lake, Susquehanna River, and Goodyear Lake -This 1,900-acre lake averages 33 feet deep and has a maximum depth of 44 feet.
Catskill Scenic Trail -The Catskill Scenic Trail lies on the former railbed of the Ulster and Delaware Railroad, running from Grand Gorge through Stamford, Hobart and South Kortright, ending in Bloomville in Schoharie County. This 19 mile trail offers a hard-packed surface that is perfect for hiking, biking, horseback riding and cross country skiing.
Delaware County: Bearpen Mountain - Poor Dry Brook Ridge. Hiking - 4.8 miles
Glimmerglass State Park -Casual hikes explore lake cove, pond, woodland, and field habitats. Special Attractions: historic estate, bird watching, spring and summer wildflowers, fall foliage. Hiking - 5.7 miles
Keuka Lake Outlet Trail -Biking from Seneca Lake to Keuka Lake is steeped in history. Mountain Biking - 6.8 miles
Otsego County: Lutheranville State Forest -Hiking - 0.5 miles
Vertigo at Plattekill -Lift service up Plattekill Mountain. Mountain Biking - 40 miles
A and AA Trails -Snowshoeing - 1.5 miles
Alder Lake -The toughest part of this trip is getting to the trailhead. Rutted, country back roads that lead to the gate near secluded Alder Lake. Hiking - 1.8 miles
Beaver Kill -Excellent fishery. Home water of American dry-fly fishing. Best fished spring and fall. Fly-Fishing
Catharine Valley Trail -Mountain Biking - 6 miles
Diamond Notch Falls - Hiking - 2.9 miles
Dry Brook - Great for kids. Hiking - 4.2 miles
Esopus Creek: Route 28 to Phoenicia -Located in the heart of New York’s Catskill Mountains. Moderate rapids and good scenery. Whitewater Paddling - 3 miles
Esopus River -A challenging stream, with lots of trout and a glowing future. Heavy stocking and heavy discharges from the Shandaken Tunnel, which carries water from the Schoharie into the Esopus. Fly-Fishing
Hunter Mountain -the second highest point in the Catskill Mountains. Hiking - 7.5 miles
Lakeshore Park / Seneca Lake State Park Trail -Named after the Seneca Indian Nation, one of the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy. Mountain Biking - 9 miles.
Little Pond and Touchmenot -Mountain Fishing, hiking - 3.4 miles
Lower Schoharie Creek -Called the devil’s piss pot in the old days because of its tendency to flood, trickles out of the Blenheim-Gilboa Power Project Lower Reservoir. Fishing
Rochester Hollow Trail -Elevations in the area from 1,100 to almost 4,200 feet. Snowshoeing - 5.6 miles
Sampson State Park - Lake Trail -Family biking paradise. A network of abandoned roads provide hours of nooks and crannies to explore. Mountain Biking - 7.8 miles
Schoharie County: Huntersfield Mountain Hiking - 4.4 miles
Upper East Branch Delaware River, Pepacton Reservoir, and Lower East Branch Delaware River -The naturally-flowing stretch of the Upper East Branch Delaware River springs out of the hills a couple of miles west of Grand Gorge and runs southwest for about 20 miles to feed Pepacton Reservoir. Fishing.
Upper Schoharie Creek, Schoharie Reservoir, and Batavia Kill
Upper Schoharie Creek slices through some of the prettiest scenery in the Catskills. 1,159-acre Schoharie Reservoir. Fishing
Huckleberry Trail 800-355-2287 Tannersville. 2.3 miles of gravel-packed trail following bed of old Huckleberry Line Railroad. Curves around Rip Van Winkle Lake and Gooseberry Creek.
The Town Tinker Tube Rental - Phoenicia, NY 914-688-5553 - Located in the heart or the Catskill Mountains is a 5 mile stretch of river that has become one of the most popular tubing courses around. Ride the rapids and drift with the current as the Esopus
Golfing: Greene County is home to 10 Great golf courses. The Windham Country Club is located only one mile from The Catskill Lodge. The Greene County Golf Association has information about the other USGA-approved golf courses. Also check out the Rainbow Golf Club
Fishing: Call (607) 652-7366 for information on obtaining a fishing license.
Kayaking: Experience flat water kayaking on serene mountain lakes. (518) 734-4700
Sundance Academy of Survival - Phoenicia - 845-688-5640 -Rappelling instruction.
Woodstock Aircraft Services - White Lake - 845-583-5830 - Sightseeing rides
Bird Watching: You can spy a large variety of birds in our Northern Catskill Mountains.
Five State Lookout: View the entire Hudson River Valley and five states — New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Vermont at this scenic overlook. Mohican Trail, Route 23, East Windham.
Autumn Colors: Enjoy the vibrant colors of the autumn season. Scenic drives, mountain biking, hiking and horseback riding all take on a colorful look in the Fall. Also enjoy apple and pumpkin picking.
Pratt Rock: Worth seeing, Pratt Rock is a miniature "Mount Rushmore of the East" that features 150-year old, white-painted relief carvings depicting the likeness and achievements of Zadock Pratt. (518) 299-3395
Scenic Chair Lift Rides: Capture breathtaking views of the Northern Catskill Mountains from the summit of Windham Mountain (800) 754-9463 and at Hunter Mountain (888) 486-8376.