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 trails 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. Explore 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 Hiking in the Catskills
One of only two "Forever Wild" parks in New York State, the Catskill Park hiking scene offers hikes for all abilities, and Greene County is home to the highest peaks in the Catskills. From North-South Lake, hike to the summit of Newman's Ledge, once home to the Catskill Mountain House, one of the 19th century's premier resorts. 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.
Explore some possible itineraries to find a hike that suits your ability level and meets your Catskills bucket list needs. Wherever you hike, please be respectful of the land and other visitors by following the seven Leave No Trace principles.
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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. While you soak in the experience, exercise caution at all times to limit the risk of personal injury, minimize endangerment to others, and preserve the natural beauty of the land.