Experience the natural beauty of the Great Northern Catskills by following one of the region’s driving tours or scenic byways.
One of the best ways to explore the Catskills is to hit the road and take a drive. Whether in a car or on a motorcycle or bicycle, the landscape of the Great Northern Catskills of Greene County is rich with breathtaking vistas and exceptional sights. On your self-guided scenic driving tour, you'll also enjoy charming villages with quaint shops, historic sites and museums, scenic parks, and much more.
There's no better place to "get lost for a day" then with a drive through the Great Northern Catskills of Greene County.
What is a New York State Designated Scenic Byway?
A scenic byway is a transportation corridor that is of particular statewide interest. It is representative of a region's scenic, recreational, cultural, natural, historic, and/or archaeological significance. A byway has a story to tell along its route connecting not only the beautiful scenery but the area's history and culture. Whether a scenic byway offers one or many of these things, it always offers a great experience.
Greene County is home to two unique scenic byways providing magnificent views of the Catskill Mountains from afar and in close proximity. No matter which way you experience them, via car, motorcycle or bicycle, you are provided a front row seat to the region's most scenic vistas. The scenic byways offer unique experiences all year long, and one of the best times to get a vibrant viewpoint is during the fall season where mother nature's colors add to the scenery in bright orange, yellow, and red hues.
Explore 21 miles along the northernmost escarpment of the Catskill Mountains. Drive along Ginseng Ridge to Windham Mountain, winding through Greene County's historic landscape as you explore places on the National Register, and pop-up farm stands selling fresh and local goods.
Discover the Catskills outdoor playground as you wind through the history and top recreational sites located along this scenic byway. Travel through Tannersville, home of the kid-friendly Mountain Top Arboretum, and park your car to hike into the world-famous Kaaterskill Falls.