Choose Your Own Catskills Adventure
When it comes to outdoor adventures, Greene County ranks among the top spots in the northeast. Home to five of the tallest Catskill Peaks and extending into the Catskill Park, a New York State designated Forever Wild area, the Great Northern Catskills offer outdoor recreation in one of America's first and most pristine areas. It doesn't hurt that most trails are within a few minutes' drive of some of the best microbreweries and burger joints in Upstate New York!
Remember those choose- your-own adventure books from when you were a kid? Man, weren’t those the coolest? We’ve taken that idea, and worked it into a few real-life scenarios for you. From this point on, adventure awaits, but you pick the place and pace!
We're Going on a Hike
Start your adventure on the trail to Diamond Notch Falls. The Catskill mountain trail is lightly trafficked and an easy-to-moderate hike. Put your city-self to shame, and lace up those boots and head to the trailhead, located off of County Road 6, just off of State Route 42 north of Deep Notch. About three-quarters of a mile in on the trail, a 15-foot waterfall tumbles down a nearby rock ledge, creating a chilly pool that only the bravest souls dare enter. In total, the trail loops for four miles, offering an ideal mid-morning jaunt before moving on to your next adventure.
1) Ready for breakfast?
2) Ready for a beer?
3) Amped up and ready to tackle something a little more daring?
Continue your Catskills adventure tour, this time on two wheels. Windham Mountain Bike Center is a MTBParks.com's "Top Five Best Bike Park" in the Northeast – and for good reason. Designed by park pros Gravity Logic, and host of the only North American World Cup Downhill mountain bike race, Windham's winter terrain has been transformed into a pedaler's paradise. Take the modified chairlift to the top with your bike, and let 'er rip. There are trails for all skill levels, and expert guides and instructors on hand to tailor your experience to your needs. End the day at the Skills Park, including berms, tabletops, a mini rock garden, and all the burly features you could ever want.
After stomping it, you're ready for your next adventure.
1) A hike to Pratt Rock?
2) A burger and beer?
3) Kayaking on the Hudson River?
Get ready to conquer the Typhoon Twister, the Riptide Cove Wave Pool, or to lounge hard-core in the Lagoon Activity Pool - because mama says we're going to Zoom Flume Water Park!
Summer in the Catskills is primo - filled with long sunny days, and cool nights. But after a trek through the wilderness, a little swim is recommended. No choosing here - just head to the Zoom Flume and get ready to splash!
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