Alternatives to the Peekamoose Blue Hole

Alternative locations for swimming, hiking, cultural, and food near the Peekamoose Blue Hole


Belleayre Beach 33 Friendship Manor Rd, Pine Hill NY 12465, 845-254-6195  Need to purchase a pass to enter, open 7 days a week.

State Campground beaches (Mongaup Pond, Little Pond, Beaverkill) – swimming available as long as a lifeguard is on duty (visitor should call campground ahead of time to check on lifeguard status) – small day use charge required about $10, no reservations required

Fishing available at: Alder Lake, Colgate Lake, and Big Pond

Minnewaska State Park (slightly outside of the Catskills) – parking reduced due to COVID, lots fill in the morning. Park open 9am until 7pm, day use $10 parking fee

Catskill Recreation Center, 651 Rt 38 Arkville NY (845)-586-6250 Indoor pool, reservations required

Mine Kill State Park 161 Minekill Road North Blenheim, NY 12131

Lake Superior State Park – 342 Dr Duggan Rd Bethel, NY 12720

Hiking/Outdoor Places

For more hiking trail locations and information click here

Catskills Visitor Center 5096 St Rt 28, Mt. Tremper 845-688-3369

Red Hill Fire Tower

Tremper Fire Tower

Peekamoose Mountain (and Table Mountain) – 6.7 – 9.9 miles

Ashokan Rail Trail (trailheads in Boiceville, West Shokan)

Ashokan multi use road in Olivebridge

Ashokan Quarry Trail in Olivebridge

Overlook Mountain Trail

Mountaintop Arboretum

Sloan Gorge Preserve

Thorn Preserve

Platte Clove Preserve

Pratt Rock

Mine Kill State Park


Catskills Visitor Center

Olive Free Library

Empire State Railroad Museum

Opus 40 – 50 Fite Rd. Saugerties, NY

Olana State Historic Site

Thomas Cole National Historic Site

Bethel Woods Museum

Mountain Top Historical Society

Shandaken Museum 26 Academy Street, Pine Hill

Middletown Historical Society 25 East Ave, Middletown, NY 10940

Burroughs Site in Roxbury

Travelstorys Route 28 Scenic Byway Tour

Travelstorys Mountainkeeper Tour (Livingston Manor area)


Bread Alone 3962 Rt 28, Boiceville

Marty’s Mercantile 4075 Rt 28, West Shokan 

IGA Grocery Store Rt 28, Boiceville

Woodstock Brewery 5581 Rt 28, Phoenicia

Arrowood Farm Brewery 236 Lower Whitfield Rd Accord, NY

Westwind Orchard 215 Lower Whitfield Rd Accord, NY

Brio’s 68 Main Street, Phoenicia

Phoenicia Diner 5681 Rt 28, Phoenicia

Woodstock has lots of options

Other (farms, rentals, shopping, etc.)

Boat Rental – Kenneth Wilson State Park

Catskill Watershed Corporation list of boat rentals

Rail Explorers on 28

Shopping towns: Phoenicia, Margaretville, Woodstock, Saugerties, Livingston Manor


Gondola at Belleayre

Delaware River NPS