Where to Hike in the Catskills This Fall
5 Spectacular Fall Hikes in the Catskills - And Where to Go for Lunch After
Fall is a time of exploration, when brilliant skies and colorful foliage offer an unparalleled landscape for discovery.
Known as "New York's Mount Rushmore," this quick-but-steep hike is located between Prattsville and Windham. One of the earliest Civil War monuments in the nation, Pratt Rock features cliff-side carvings depicting the life and times of one Zadock Pratt, as well as sweeping views of the surrounding valley. The trailhead is located off of Route 23 in Prattsville. Expect a 3.1-mile roundtrip hike with a steep climb.
Is for the more devoted fall hikers among your pack. A moderate 9.5-mile roundtrip trek – that can be shortened to 6 miles roundtrip if you turn around after North Point – the draw for this hike is the evergreen forests, summit views, and waterfalls you'll find along the way. The trailhead is located on Scutt Road, just off of North Lake Road close to the North-South Lake State Campground entrance. It's a great autumn hike that offers a variety of fall foliage landscapes for photographers to shoot. The path to the summit is steep and once you're on the top, it can be windy so pack an extra layer.
Offers the best of fall hiking in the Catskills: it's relatively short at 4.6 miles roundtrip, offers forest and river experiences, and opens out onto an open ledge for incredible fall foliage views of the Catskill Mountains and the infamous Devils Path. It's also rated for mountain biking. The view to the southeast will allow you to watch the sunrise if you're interested in waking up early. The first mile of the Huckleberry Trail is on a private road, so be on the lookout to the right for the trail cut-off sign. The trailhead is located on Platt Clove Road in Tannersville at the DEC parking lot.
Is perfect for your non-committal nature lovers. At 3.2 miles roundtrip, you'll get waterfalls and a covered wooden bridge that's scenic, sweet, and perfect for fall photo shoots. At the bridge, hike down to the bottom of the falls to have lunch and enjoy the cascading water. Trailhead is located off of Winter Clove Road outside of Windham.
Located in Coxsackie, hit up the preserve for a relaxing ramble before heading home to enjoy a landscape transformed by the autumn atmosphere. Walk along wooden walkways, passing over a swamp, to spot local wildlife and enjoy views of the expansive Hudson River. Four Mile Point Preserve is located in Coxsackie off of Four-Mile Point Road.