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Platte Clove Preserve

Located in the northeastern Catskills, the Catskill Center’s Platte Clove Preserve is comprised of 208 acres with beautiful waterfalls and trails at the head of the rugged and scenic Platte Clove in the Town of Hunter, Greene County. The preserve remains a pristine wilderness area open for the quiet enjoyment of the public. Each year […]

Thorn Preserve

Thorn Preserve is comprised of 60 beautiful acres near the Town of Woodstock, Ulster County. View the map below for detailed location information. The Catskill Center’s Thorn Preserve boasts the most painted views of Overlook Mountain. Sweeping grassland habitat, riparian forest and ponds make this spot a profoundly relaxing and peaceful area. Mowed walking paths are […]

Mine Kill State Park

Mine Kill State Park has an Olympic size pool, wading pool and a diving pool available at no cost and 8 miles of trails.

Kenneth Wilson Campground

Stay at the campground or pay a day-use fee to enjoy the many amenties, including a pond, picnic areas, and a new, rustic-style playground.

Trails (22)


Ashokan High Point Trail

A terrific hike all times of year, this trail has a gentle uphill slope for the first 2.72 miles as you follow a path alongside the Kanape Brook. When you reach a trail junction, travel to the left and for about a mile the trail will be steeply uphill (1000′) to the summit of Ashokan […]

Ashokan Reservoir Promenade

A paved handicap accessible path along the southern edge of the Ashokan Reservoir offers beautiful views and multiple recreational opportunities. The path is 2.7 miles one way and 5.4 roundtrip. The two parking areas are on either side of the walking path: one in Olivebridge, and the other in Kingston. Visitors can walk, ride bikes, […]

Ashokan Quarry Trail

A lollipop loop hike that begins right off of Route 28A (look for signage about 0.2 miles after you pass the western Ashokan Reservoir Promenade Parking Area). This two mile trail has interpretive signage about the Catskills and the Watershed. Hikers pass by a quarry that was used in the construction of the Ashokan Reservoir […]

Tan Bark Trail

Some steep climbs heading out of downtown Phoenicia lead to beautiful views. Good for hikers and families looking for a moderate challenge.

Mount Tremper Fire Tower Trail

A steep and rocky trail that leads up to the Mount Tremper Fire Tower. The summit of Tremper Mountain is 2730′ and the steel fire tower on the top is 47 feet tall. The traditional way to summit Tremper Mountain is from the parking area on Old Route 28 on the west side of the […]

Red Hill Fire Tower Trail

A new trail, completed at the beginning of 2021 takes you to the top of Red Hill where you can also climb the Red Hill Fire Tower. Follow the blue-marked Red Hill Tower Trail for 1.4 miles from the trailhead on Denning Road in Claryville, NY. When you reach the junction where a yellow-marked trail […]

Platte Clove Preserve Nature Trail

The Nature Trail is a 1/2 mile loop trail on the south side of the Plattekill Creek that gives visitors the opportunity to walk along the creek, see the top of Platte Clove and walk through the ruins of a former boarding house that existed on the site in the 19th century. The trail starts […]

Thorn Preserve Meadow Paths

Mowed paths lead you through the Catskill Center’s Thorn Preserve. The preserve boasts the most painted views of Overlook Mountain. Sweeping grassland habitat, riparian forest and ponds make this spot a profoundly relaxing and peaceful area. Thorn Preserve is an undeveloped landscape, which will can offer nature-based education, sustainable agriculture, model stream management, and an ideal […]

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Events (7)


FULL: Guided Hike to Mount Tremper Fire Tower

**Please note as of 9/16/22 this hike is full. Thank you!** This hike is part of the Hudson River Valley Ramble. Join Catskill Center staff for a fun, challenging hike of about 6 miles roundtrip up to Mount Tremper Fire Tower in September! Enjoy some great views while completing one of the 6 fire towers […]

Guided Hike to Balsam Lake Mountain Fire Tower

Co-led by Melissa Goodwin, head guide and owner of Girl Gotta Hike, and Catskills Visitor Center staff, this 6-mile out and back hike will take us to the top of Balsam Lake Mountain to climb the fire tower and enjoy the views. A great way to work on completing the 2022 Catskill Fire Tower Challenge, […]

Get Outdoors & Get Together Day: Outdoor Expo at the Catskills Visitor Center

This year Catskill Center is combining its annual event the Catskills Great Outdoor Expo with the DEC’s Get Outdoors & Get Together Day. Join us this Saturday, June 11th for a full line-up of great events, outdoor organizations, and activities for all ages from 10am to 3pm. Archery with DEC Instructors from 10am to 2pm […]

Introduction to Birding at the Catskills Visitor Center

Join Catskill Center staff on Saturday, February 19th during the Great Backyard Bird Count for a guided walk and introduction to birding on the trails at the Catskills Visitor Center! Binoculars are available to borrow. Space is limited, please email us to register: obernard@catskillcenter.org Photo by Dan Spencer

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