Plan Your Visit to the Catskills

With more than 700,000 acres there’s plenty to see and do in the Catskill Park and Forest Preserve

First Stop:
Catskills Visitor Center

SUMMER 2024 (April 2 – December 2)
mon, tue, wed, thu, fri, sat, sun
9:30am to 4:00pm

WINTER 2024-2025 (December 3 – March 31)
fri, sat, sun, mon
9:30am to 4:00pm

We will be closed on:
Nov. 28th – 29th and Dec. 24th – 25th

Situated on 60 acres of forest, fields and wetlands in the hamlet of Mount Tremper, the Catskills Visitor Center is home to our visitor information center and gift shop. In addition to the main visitor center building, the site features: the 80-foot tall Upper Esopus Fire Tower; 1.5 miles of peaceful nature trails (including ADA accessible trails); picnic areas; a covered pavilion; wildlife viewing; Esopus Creek access and much more.

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Explore the Catskills

Everything you need to find your way through the beautiful Catskill Mountains.

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About the Catskill Park

The Catskills are a park, but not quite in the same way as some other parks you might have visited. There is no one set entrance to the Catskills and there are no fees to come. The Catskill Park was created to conserve and preserve the unique natural resources of this region. New York State created the Catskill Forest Preserve in 1885. An amendment to the State Constitution said that the land in the Preserve would “be forever kept as wild forest lands.” Created in 1904, the Catskill Park includes the forest preserve and is a mix of public and private land in Delaware, Greene, Sullivan, and Ulster Counties. Today, the Park consists of over 700,000 acres of land.

Getting Around

The easiest way to get around the Catskills is by car. If you are car-free, local cab and ride sharing companies service parts of the Catskills. There are limited public transportation options. Some Greyhound and Trailways bus lines take visitors between New York City and select points in the Catskills. There is a Short Line Bus route that runs to certain towns in Sullivan and Delaware Counties and the Ulster County Area Transit (U.C.A.T.) bus goes through towns in that county.

About the CVC

Your Gateway to the Catskills and the Visitor Center for the Catskill Park
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Maurice D. Hinchey

The Congressman Maurice D. Hinchey Catskills Visitor Center is proud to be named in honor of leading environmental advocate, the Honorable Representative Maurice D. Hinchey and honored to be his final resting place.
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Upcoming Events

INVASIVE SPECIES ID AND REMOVAL AT CALLICOON RIVERSIDE PARK WITH CRISP

Saturday, July 20, 2024

Calicoon Riverside Park
36 Creamery Rd
Callicoon, NY, 12723
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CVC MOONLIGHT PICNIC

Sunday, July 21, 2024

7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Catskills Visitor Center
5096 Rt 28
Mt Tremper, NY 12457

at Catskills Visitor Center

Coffee in the Catskills

Wednesday, July 24, 2024
9:30 am- 10:30 am

Catskills Visitor Center
5096 New York 28 Mount Tremper, NY, 12457 United States

INVASIVE SPECIES ID AND REMOVAL AT CALLICOON RIVERSIDE PARK WITH CRISP

Saturday, July 27, 2024

Calicoon Riverside Park
36 Creamery Rd
Callicoon, NY, 12723
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INVASIVE SPECIES ID AND REMOVAL AT CALLICOON RIVERSIDE PARK WITH CRISP

Sunday, July 28, 2024

9:00 AM 12:00 PM

Calicoon Riverside Park
36 Creamery Rd
Callicoon, NY, 12723
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INVASIVE SPECIES ID AND REMOVAL AT CALLICOON RIVERSIDE PARK WITH CRISP

Friday, August 2, 2024

9:00 AM 12:00 PM

Calicoon Riverside Park
36 Creamery Rd
Callicoon, NY, 12723
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HIKE FOR THE CATSKILLS: DIAMOND NOTCH FALLS

Saturday, August 3, 2024

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Spruceton Trailhead
Spruceton Road NY, 12492
United States

HIKE FOR THE CATSKILLS: HUCKLEBERRY POINT HIKE

Wednesday, August 7, 2024

9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Huckleberry Point Trailhead
2425 Platte Clove Road
Elka Park, NY 12427

HIKE FOR THE CATSKILLS: ECHO LAKE VIA OVERLOOK MOUNTAIN

Friday, August 9, 2024

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM (estimated)

HIKE FOR THE CATSKILLS: KID-FRIENDLY LEAVE NO TRACE & FIRE TOWER HIKE

Saturday, August 10, 2024

9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Catskills Visitor Center
5096 Rt 28
Mt Tremper, NY 12457

HIKE FOR THE CATSKILLS: CATSKILLS VISITOR CENTER TRAILS

Wednesday, August 14, 2024

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM (estimated)

CATSKILLS VISITOR CENTER
5096 Rt 28
Mt Tremper, NY 12457

HIKE FOR THE CATSKILLS DOG-FRIENDLY HIKE TO KAATERSKILL FALLS

Thursday, August 15, 2024

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Laurel House Road Parking Lot Kaaterskill Falls

at Kaaterskill Falls

HIKE FOR THE CATSKILLS: HIKE TO OVERLOOK MOUNTAIN FIRE TOWER

Saturday, August 17, 2024

10:30 am – 1:00 pm

Trailhead address: 335 Meads Mountain Rd, Woodstock, NY 12498

at Overlook Mountain Trailhead

HIKE FOR THE CATSKILLS: FULL MOON HIKE TO TREMPER MOUNTAIN

Sunday, August 19, 2024

6:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Catskill Center
43355 Route 28 Arkville, NY, 12406
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HIKE FOR THE CATSKILLS: PLATTE CLOVE TO ECHO LAKE

Saturday, August 3, 2024

9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Platte Clove Preserve Trailhead on Platte Clove Road
Elka Park, NY

Coffee in the Catskills

Wednesday, August 21, 2024
9:30 am- 10:30 am

Catskills Visitor Center
5096 New York 28 Mount Tremper, NY, 12457 United States

HIKE FOR THE CATSKILLS: TICETONYK BIRDING HIKE

Wednesday, August 28, 2024

9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Ticetonyk Trailhead
432 Peck Road,
Shokan, NY 12481

HIKE TO OVERLOOK MOUNTAIN FIRE TOWER

Thursday, August 8, 2024

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

at Overlook Mountain Fire Tower

CATSKILLS CELEBRATION: FAMILY FUN AT THE CATSKILLS VISITOR CENTER

Saturday, August 31, 2024
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Catskill Visitor Center
5096 Route 28
Mt Tremper, NY 12406

at Catskills Visitor Center

HIKE TO RED HILL FIRE TOWER

Thursday, September 12, 2024

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

at Red Hill Fire Tower

Coffee in the Catskills

Wednesday, September 25, 2024
9:30 am- 10:30 am

Catskills Visitor Center
5096 New York 28 Mount Tremper, NY, 12457 United States