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Show your love for the Catskills – support the Catskills Visitor Center

The Congressman Maurice D. Hinchey Catskills Visitor Center is a program of the Catskill Center, a nonprofit organization working to protect the Catskills since 1969. Our work wouldn’t be possible without the support of our partner organizations, members, and individual donors.



The Congressman Maurice D. Hinchey Catskills Visitor Center (CVC) is a partnership between the Catskill Center and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Opened in 2015, the CVC connects residents and visitors with the ecology, history, and culture that make the Catskills unique Interpretive Loop Trail (red trail markers, easy): approximately ½ mile, […]
The Esopus Creek Trail is approximately 1/2 mile out and back. It travels from the Visitor Center across Route 28 and to the bank of the Esopus Creek. This trail is constructed to ADA accessibility standards and provides a family-friendly route to the banks of the Esopus where you can enjoy the mountain and river […]
The Upper Ridge Trail is approximately 1/2 mile out and back. It ascends the slope behind the Catskills Visitor Center main building and ends at a rustic picnic area. The trail, originally built by the NYNJ Trail Conference showcases trail building techniques used throughout the Catskills on new, sustainable trails and trail reconstruction projects.

Featured Events

Reservoir Year: Nina Shengold in Conversation with Leslie T. Sharpe

Thursday, October 15th, 2020

7 PM – 8 PM

Catskill Center Fall Gala (Virtual Event)

Saturday, October 24th, 2020

7 PM – 8 PM

Catskills Trout Tales

Saturday, April 4th, 2020 – Saturday, June 13th, 2020

10 AM – 5 PM

About the Catskills Visitor Center

Situated on 60 acres of forest, fields and wetlands in the hamlet of Mount Tremper is the Congressman Maurice D. Hinchey Catskills Visitor Center. The CVC is the official visitor center for the Catskill Park and is operated by Catskill Center in partnership with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Stop at our visitor information center and gift shop, and then explore the peaceful grounds to discover the 80-foot tall Upper Esopus Fire Tower; 1.5 miles of nature trails (including ADA accessible trails); picnic areas; a covered pavilion; wildlife viewing; Esopus Creek access and much more. Whether you’re a new resident, just passing through or here to stay for the season, make us your first stop when you arrive in the Catskills—our friendly staff is here year-round with all the info, maps & advice you need to plan your best Catskill adventure!

Visit Us

COVID-19 Hours
mon, tue, thu, fri, sat, sun
10:00am to 3:00pm

COVID-19 UPDATE: The Catskills Visitor Center building is temporarily closed to the public. We have installed a walk-up window for visitor information and map sales, and our staff is on site to answer your questions in-person, via phone or email Sunday-Tuesday and Thursday-Saturday (closed Wednesday) from 10am-3pm. The grounds are open to the public every day during daylight hours. Please observe face covering and social distancing protocols and follow all posted signs in regards to parking, trail access and dogs on the trails.

About the CVC
Upper Esopus Fire Tower

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Visit our online shop for great Catskills gear, books, patches and more! All sales support the Catskills Visitor Center.