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Pratt Rock - New York's Mount Rushmore

Ripley's 'Believe it or not' called it "New York's Mt. Rushmore."

Often referred to as New York’s Mount Rushmore, this larger-than-life monument to one man’s achievements in the name of industry is a must-hike-to-see while you’re in the Great Northern Catskills.

Zadock Pratt was an early settler of Greene County who happened to rise in his career from a tanner, to a banker, then finally to the House of Representatives. When he had reached the pinnacle of his career, he commissioned stone workers to immortalize his life’s achievements on a nearby cliff. The result: a series of carvings in stone depicting the highlights of his life.

Hike the short, 3.1-mile round-trip off of Route 23E just outside of Prattsville to see this one-of-a-kind spectacle. Perfect for beginners, you’ll gain 900+ feet of elevation, and get a spectacular view of the surrounding valley from several points along the trail.

Parking is available at the trailhead. As you begin your ascent, you may notice a few older tombstones. This is where Pratt’s beloved horses and dogs were buried.

Wear sturdy shoes, practice safe hiking, and enjoy discovering more about Pratt’s life. Better yet, stop by the Zadock Pratt Museum to learn more. Open to the public every day, and there is no admission.