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Catskills Hiking Trails & Tips

Home to the highest Catskill Mountain peaks, the region offers an array of hiking trails to choose from.

 

The Catskills offer some of the best New York hiking close to the city. Experience the enchantment of walking along wooded paths, pausing by bubbling streams and feeling the thunder of cascading waterfalls in Greene County. Find the "cloves" where legendary Rip Van Winkle succumbed to the magic of Henry Hudson's drink, and where painters and poets paused to capture the region's stunning natural beauty. 

Stay at one of our popular Catskills resorts and be close to the trailhead, a brewpub, and downtown's shopping district. 

Best Catskill Hikes

Home to the highest peaks in the Catskill Park, one of only two "Forever Wild" parks in New York State, the Catskills hiking scene offers hikes for all abilities. From North-South Lake, hike to the summit of Newman's Ledge, once home to one of the 19th century's premier resort – the Catskill Mountain House. From this lofty height, peer across the lush Hudson River Valley. Take the short-but-super-scenic trek to the "Mount Rushmore of the East" - Pratt's Rock. This Prattsville monument chronicles the life of Zadock Pratt – a 19th century leather tanning tycoon who commissioned the carvings to immortalize his life and contributions to the region. Mark your map for a Kaaterskill Falls hike, one of the most popular routes in the Catskills.

Best Waterfall Hikes

  • Kaaterskill Falls - 1.4 miles, moderate. NY's highest cascading waterfall
  • Bastion Falls - ~0.5 miles roundtrip, three drops, located on Route 23A trail to Kaaterskill Falls
  • Ashley Falls - 0.6 miles roundtrip, scenic, located via Mary Glen Trail

Best Scenic Overlooks

  • Catskill Mountain House - Short walk from North-South Lake State Campground's beach. View of Hudson River
  • Kaaterskill Clove Lookout - 1.8 miles round trip offers dramatic views and historical import
  • Five State Lookout - From Route 23 along the Mohican Trail, enjoy a panoramic view of five states: NY, VT, MA, CT, NH
  • Pratt Rock - 3.1 mile round trip hike with steep section that leads to carvings in the cliffside
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Everything You Need to Know

Tips for Hiking in the Catskills

The Great Northern Catskills of Greene County are home to some of the most epic hiking trails in New York State, and offer outstanding views. Hikers in the Catskills should exercise caution at all times to limit the risk of personal injury or the endangerment to others, as well as to preserve the natural beauty.

 

Simple, Easy-To-Follow Tips For Hiking:

  • Stay on the marked trail. Taking shortcuts or bushwhacking can lead to trail erosion and greatly increase your chances of getting lost and/or injured.
  • Wear sturdy shoes for hiking or outdoor activities.
  • Pack water and extra snacks or meals, especially if you are planning an extended hike.
  • Carry bug spray and a first aid kit.
  • Never climb on waterfalls as water can make the ground and rocks slick, increasing your chances of injury.
  • Wear bright colors.
  • If you carry it in, carry it out. There is a $250 fine for littering in the Catskills.
  • No glass allowed.
  • Carry a map and compass for extended hikes. Expect limited cell service and do not rely on GPS as your only source for directions.
  • Do not light a campfire.
  • Most importantly – have fun and enjoy our beautiful wilderness!