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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.

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. 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 new to the area, 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, and advice you need to plan your best Catskill adventure!

Visit Us

SUMMER 2024 (April 2 – December 2)
mon, tue, wed, thu, fri, sat, sun
9:30am to 4:00pm

WINTER 2024-2025 (December 3 – March 31)
fri, sat, sun, mon
9:30am to 4:00pm

We will be closed on:
Nov. 28th – 29th and Dec. 24th – 25th

The Catskills Visitor Center will be closed for holidays Nov. 28-29 and Dec. 24-25.

The seasonal hours are for the Catskills Visitor Center building, where knowledgeable staff can assist you with area information. There is a restroom and ample parking. The grounds are open to the public every day during daylight hours. Please 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.