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Ulster County

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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 […]

Glasco Mini Park

A Hudson River-front playground and boat launches

Kenneth Wilson Campground

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.

Trails (15)


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 […]

Thorn Preserve Meadow Paths

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 […]

Slide Mountain Trail

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 […]

Catskills Visitor Center Esopus Creek Trail

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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Events (13)


Guided Sunset Hike to Overlook Fire Tower

Enjoy the views from Overlook Fire Tower as the sun sets on Tuesday, July 12th! Meet us at the Meads Mountain Road trailhead at 6pm. Led by Catskill Center staff, this 5 mile out and back hike is a great way to work on completing the 6 fire towers of the 2022 Catskill Fire Tower […]

Get Outdoors & Get Together Day: Outdoor Expo at the Catskills Visitor Center

This year Catskill Center is combining its annual event the Catskills Great Outdoor Expo with the DEC’s Get Outdoors & Get Together Day. Join us this Saturday, June 11th for a full line-up of great events, outdoor organizations, and activities for all ages from 10am to 3pm. Archery with DEC Instructors from 10am to 2pm […]

Tree Juice Maple Syrup Tasting

Drop in between 9:30-4 on April 30 to sample some flavors of locally-made maple syrup from Tree Juice. Free samples available while supplies last and bottles will be available for purchase.

Introduction to Birding at the Catskills Visitor Center

Join Catskill Center staff on Saturday, February 19th during the Great Backyard Bird Count for a guided walk and introduction to birding on the trails at the Catskills Visitor Center! Binoculars are available to borrow. Space is limited, please email us to register: obernard@catskillcenter.org Photo by Dan Spencer

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