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Choose Your Own Catskills Adventure

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 craft breweries and eateries in Upstate New York! Remember those choose- your-own adventure books from when you were a kid? 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!

flight of beer at a local Catskills Brewery
J&J's Smokehouse pulled pork sandwich
Lace Those Boots

We're Going on a Hike

Start your adventure on the trail to Diamond Notch Falls in Lexington. The trail is moderately trafficked and an easy-to-moderate hike. Lace up those boots and head to the trailhead, located off of County Road 6 (Spruceton Road), just off of State Route 42. 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 two miles, offering an ideal mid-morning jaunt before moving on to your next adventure. 


Craving protein after an energetic hike? J&J Smokehouse in Catskill is sure to satisfy your craving. 

Chase it all down with a refreshing, locally made brew or cider from one of the Great Northern Catskills’ beloved craft breweries or cideries. Will you go for a hoppy IPA or a smooth lager?

Pratt Rock
Kayaks and canoes by the Hudson River
Go for a Ride

Stomp It

Continue your Catskills adventure tour, this time on two wheels. Windham Mountain Bike Center is a's two-time "Top Five Best Bike Park" in the Northeast – and for good reason. Designed by park pros Gravity Logic, 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. 

Do you cool down with:

1) A hike to Pratt Rock?
2) A burger and beer?
3) Kayaking on the Hudson River?


  1. Pratt Rock is about 10 miles from Windham, and has one of the kookiest stories of any place in the Catskills. Carved into a cliffside by town-founder and leather tanner Zadock Pratt, the carvings, which feature highlights from Pratt's life, are like a 19th-century version of an Instagram feed. Totally worth the after-bike hike.
  2. If you're anything like the rest of humanity, the only thing you're thinking about after mountain biking is "I could really go for a burger and a beer." You're in luck, because 25 miles away – trust us, it's worth the drive – The New York Restaurant offers both. Signature burgers and hand-cut fries and craft micro-brew drafts await.
  3. Rent kayaks or stand-up paddleboards from Screaming Eagle Outdoor Adventures in Athens or Catskill, and head for open water. The creek stretches for 40 miles, offering access to riverfront dining and shopping if you're into that, or connect to the Hudson River and explore the secret coves on Henry Hudson's namesake waterway.

Face the Riptide!

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 not to be missed - 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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