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Adventure Awaits This Summer in the Great Northern Catskills

Bring a camera, hiking boots, and a thirst for adventure this summer in the Great Northern Catskills.

For Knobby Tire Lovers

For mountain bikers, put the Catskills' mountain bike trails and trail parks on your radar. Windham Mountain, home of several past UCI World Cup events, has multiple trails that switchback down the mountain. Designed by Gravity Logic, the folks behind Whistler Mountain Bike Park and Trestle Bike Park, among others, Windham Mountain's trails offer a unique downhill experience, and the bike shop's staff provides rentals, gear, and lessons.

If you're more into cross country mountain biking, Roundtopia Mountain Bike Trail Network in Round Top offers more than 25 miles of trails for all abilities, including singletrack and doubletrack trails. Scenic lookouts, lean-tos, and restrooms are available throughout the trail network.

Check out the Catskills mountain biking trail networks and kick up some dust.

For the Tent-Pitchers

If waking to the soothing lap of waves, the soft rustle of overhead leaves, and the haunting call of a loon is your idea of heaven, then head to the Great Northern Catskills for your next camping trip. Pitch a tent or park an RV at North-South Lake Campground in Haines Falls and explore the legendary hiking of the Kaaterskill Clove, including the site of the former Catskill Mountain House which is a quick jaunt from the campground. Heck, you could even take your coffee up there and enjoy the sunrise over the distant Hudson River.

For those adventure seekers who are into primitive camping, Devil's Tombstone campground in the Catskill Forest Preserve offers secluded scenic beauty right on the lake, with easy access hiking trails leading to some of the highest peaks!

The secret is out on camping in the Catskills, so book your campsite today to secure your spot.

For Hikers

Whether you're a hiker at heart, or simply enjoy a scenic stroll through the woods, the Great Northern Catskills need to be on your list of places to explore. Home of Kaaterskill Falls; the highest cascading waterfall in New York State, as well as five of the highest peaks in the Catskill Park, the region is crisscrossed by hiking trails that travel the storied paths of Rip Van Winkle, Thomas Cole, and Frederic Church.

Check out Hunter Mountain's hiking trails, where you'll find a larger-than-life statue of old Rip himself, or head to the former site of the Catskill Mountain House at North-South Lake where the names of former guests are carved into the rock ledge and the Hudson River winds like a serpent in the distant landscape.