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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 (4)


Preparing for a Hike in the Catskills

Come with questions or just come for a demonstration on the basics of preparing for a day hike or an overnight backpacking hike in the Catskills with Visitor Center staff! A hike of one of the trails at the CVC is included, just under 1 mile. Learn about outdoor equipment, Catskills ecology, and take a […]

Outdoors Day 2021

Outdoors Day at the Catskills Visitor Center is run in partnership between the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Catskill Center. This year the event will take place on Saturday, June 12th from 10am to 3pm. The Catskills Visitor Center’s Upper Esopus Fire Tower will be open all day, and all participants […]

Ask an Outdoor Expert (Virtual Event): Birding in New York

Come with questions or just come for a conversation about birding with a focus on New York and the Catskills Region! Our expert is Ryan Mandelbaum who is a science writer and a birder, as well as a member of and a trip leader for the Feminist Bird Club. The conversation will take place on […]

POSTPONED: Ashokan Rail Trail Second Invasive Species Stakeholder Meeting

** Taking precautions with the current coronavirus, Catskill Center has decided to postpone this stakeholder meeting until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience. ** For the second of two Ashokan Rail Trail Stakeholder meetings, we hope you’ll join us on Thursday, March 26th at 6pm at the Shokan office of Ashokan Watershed Stream Management […]

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