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 […]
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.
Playground and picnic tables right on the beautiful Hudson River
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 […]
The Waterfall Trail is an approximately 1/3 mile, one-way trail to the base of Plattekill Falls. The trail begins at the trail junction in front of the informational kiosk just above the Red Cabin. From here the trail goes eastward and slopes downward to the edge of the clove and then turns and descends to […]
The Kaaterskill Rail Trail runs on a 1.5 mile section of the abandoned Ulster & Delaware Railroad between the Mountain Top Historical Society property in Haines Falls and DEC land at the end of Laurel House Road. The trail is open to public use for non-motorized, multi-use activities. The current trail starts at the Mountain […]
A very rocky trail with consistent elevation gain leading to a fire tower. This hike begins at a trailhead on Route 214 near Stony Clove Notch in Hunter, NY. The trail ascends for approximately 2.35 miles and gains 2240 feet in elevation. The trail returns the same way, descending back down to the parking area. […]
A nice hike with a big payoff in the form of an overlook with gorgeous views.
A short trail with views that inspired the Hudson River School Painters. A day use fee is in effect to use the North Lake Beach Parking Lot from May – October. There are lots of other connecting trails and features of interest nearby.
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On the eve of Saturday September 2nd, find a place with a view of your favorite fire tower on the horizon for the 10th annual Lighting of the Fire Towers event! Meant to showcase the history of the Catskill fire towers, find an area in your neighborhood where you have a view of one of […]
Arrive at the Laurel House parking lot by 9am to secure a parking space and meet the Catskill Stewards at the kiosk at the beginning of the trail. We will hike down to the Kaaterskill Falls Viewing Platform. Along the way, our Catskill Stewards will talk about some of the issues of concern on trails […]
Work towards completing your 2022 Catskill Fire Tower Challenge by joining a guided hike up to Hunter Fire Tower on Saturday, May 21st! Preregistration is required and the group number will be limited to 10 hikers. Catskill Center staff member and long-time Hunter Fire Tower volunteer coordinator will co-lead the hike for a roundtrip distance […]
Warm up with the Catskill Center at the Platte Clove Cabin on Sunday February 20th from 11am – 3pm. We will be there with hot beverages, goods from the Catskills Visitor Center shop, and lots of information on the Catskills.
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