Discover the Kaaterskill Clove Experience

The Kaaterskill Clove is a self-guided, set-your-own pace adventure that winds through America’s First Vacation Land. View our sample itineraries or create your own Kaaterskill Clove Experience!

Our tailor-made itineraries* provide the right amount of adventure, discovery and education amid the scenic landscape that inspired generations of painters, poets, writers and photographers.

Begin your journey through the Catskills’ past with one of our four predefined itineraries that take you to new places, and get you off the road and into the mountains to experience the stunning vistas, thundering waterfalls and scenic nature parks – the hallmarks of Greene County.

From the shores of the Hudson River where Thomas Cole unknowingly began his career as the Father of American Art more than 180 years ago, to the mountain steeps of Rip Van Winkle’s marathon nap, travel along scenic byways that crisscross mountains and valleys through America’s First Vacation Land.

Relax at the historic Catskill Point on the Hudson River waterfront for a leisurely lunch, or hike to the base of Kaaterskill Falls for an open-air picnic. Rediscover the power of nature to enchant, and walk in the footsteps of our nation’s cultural mavericks.

Amble around John Burroughs’ summer retreat, view the treasures Frederic Church collected during his travels abroad, and gaze across the landscape that inspired American authors James Fenimore Cooper – whose characters from his novel The Last of the Mohicans can be seen in more than one of Cole’s paintings – and William Cullen Bryant, a lifelong friend of the father of the Hudson River School.

Download our informational PDF to assist in planning your own experience and follow in the footsteps of the past. 

* Be sure to check listings for seasons and hours of operation. 

Follow a kid-friendly route to attractions the whole family will enjoy.

Take your time enjoying these stops on the Kaaterskill Clove Experience. Perfectly suited for everyone!

This is the perfect route for adventure seekers to take moderate hikes to waterfalls and enjoy spectacular mountain views. You'll build up an appetite so be sure to stop at one of many dining options close by.

Follow the Kaaterskill Clove Experience from start to finish - enjoying shopping, dining and lodging options along the way. You'll need a couple days to complete this route, but the memories you make will be unforgettable!

If you're short on time, here's an abbreviated list of some of the coolest things to see in the Kaaterskill Clove. Trust us when we say you won't be disappointed!

Vacation Packages
We invite you to experience Greene County’s welcoming hospitality by checking out our special package deals while completing the self-guided tour of the Kaaterskill Clove Experience.
Map your Journey
Follow the Kaaterskill Clove Experience where you’ll find information about each attraction as well as other things to do along the way.
About the Experience
Learn more about the writers, naturalists, artists and others whose love for Greene County lives on through their works, as well as their choice of traveling to America’s First Vacationland.
Palenville The Hamlet
Hunter Foundation
Town of Hunter
Village of Tannersville
NY-NJ Trail Conference
Mountain Clove Scenic Byway
Greene County Soil and Water Conservation District
I Love NY
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The Kaaterskill Clove Experience is comprised of several attractions, each require varying levels of physical exertion. Please follow all safety rules posted at each location and mentioned on this site.