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 […]
A Hudson River-front playground and boat launches
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.
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
Some steep climbs heading out of downtown Phoenicia lead to beautiful views. Good for hikers and families looking for a moderate challenge.
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 […]
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 […]
Summit the tallest peak in the Catskills and enjoy a beautiful view from the summit of Slide in 5.6 miles. A moderately difficult uphill climb brings you to the top using red-blazed trail markers. The Slide Mountain Trail can be hiked as an out and back, or can be completed as a loop with the […]
The Esopus Creek Trail is approximately 1/2 mile out and back. It travels from the Visitor Center across Route 28 and to the bank of the Esopus Creek. This trail is constructed to ADA accessibility standards and provides a family-friendly route to the banks of the Esopus where you can enjoy the mountain and river […]
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Kick off the New Year on Saturday, January 1st 2022 by visiting the Upper Esopus Fire Tower at the Catskills Visitor Center! An 80-foot fire tower that looks out on the Esopus Valley with views of Mt. Tremper, Ashokan High Point, and several other surrounding mountains, the tower is worth a visit! The top cab […]
Hosted each year by NYS Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, the First Day Hikes are a great way to start the New Year and can be found all around New York State! Join Catskill Center staff for a fun hike on January 1st 2022 up to Overlook Mountain Fire […]
A moderate to difficult hike as part of Catskills Lark in the Park (www.catskillslark.org) will take us to the top of Mt Tremper where we can climb its fire tower for some beautiful 360 degree views. Perfect for viewing fall foliage. Join Catskill Center staff member Olivia Bernard on Sunday, October 3rd for a fun, […]
Organized by Historic Automobile Endurance Runs and happening this year on Saturday, September 25th 2021: The 5th Annual Catskill Conquest Rally commemorating the 1903 Automobile Endurance Run will follow a challenging 95-mile route from Mount Tremper, NY to Unadilla, NY along the Catskill Mountains Scenic Byway and beyond. Visit the Cauliflower Festival in Margaretville and […]
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