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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 […]

Kaaterskill Falls

Kaaterskill Falls is the tallest two-tiered waterfall in New York State. This area sees high use. Please see the alerts in effect for this area.

Trails (26)


Rochester Wild Forest- Shandaken Wild Forest

The Rochester Hollow parcel has three marked trails. The longest is the Colonel Rochester Trail (blue blaze – 2.7 miles). There are two loops off the blue trail. The Burrough’s Memorial Forest Trail (yellow blaze -0.7 miles) leads to the John Burroughs Memorial Forest, a plantation of white and Norway spruce on an abandoned farm […]

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 […]

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Weekend of December 4th

Light snow could be headed our way this weekend, especially at the higher elevations of the Catskills. Colder temperatures and very heavy rain this past week will make trails icy at higher elevations and very wet at lower elevations. Please continue to follow recommendations on safety and social distancing from New York State and the […]

Events (22)


Volunteer Open House

Location: Catskills Visitor Center, 5096 NY-28, Mt Tremper, NY 12457 The future of the Catskills is in your hands! As a volunteer, you will be contributing to the ongoing mission of protecting and preserving the Catskills for future generations. Volunteers work in many capacities: participating in invasive species projects, interpreting scientific and cultural information at […]

Photo Walk At The Catskills Visitor Center

Join Catskill Center staff Alexa Tumbarello on a winter photography walk at the Catskills Visitor Center. Come ready to learn about the basics of photo composition, photography outdoor ethics, and more! Group discussion will vary depending on interest. The best camera to bring is the one you have! Smartphones, DSLRs, film cameras all welcome. Dress […]

Winter Hiking 101

Join Catskill Center Staff Alexa Tumbarello at the Catskills Visitor Center for a 1-hour talk and mini-hike to learn the basics of winter hiking! The program will cover safety, gear, tips for staying comfortable, and more. Bring your questions and desire to learn! Participants should dress for cold weather including a hat, gloves, and warm […]

Winter Hiking 101

Join Catskill Center Staff Alexa Tumbarello for a 1-hour talk and mini-hike at the Catskills Visitor Center to learn the basics of winter hiking! The program will cover safety, gear, tips for staying comfortable, and more. Bring your questions and desire to learn! Participants should dress for cold weather including a hat, gloves, and warm […]

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