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Winter Hiking 101

Join Catskill Center Staff Alexa Tumbarello at the Catskills Visitor Center for a 1-hour talk and mini-hike to learn the basics of winter hiking! The program will cover safety, gear, tips for staying comfortable, and more. Bring your questions and desire to learn! Participants should dress for cold weather including a hat, gloves, and warm […]

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The Tenth Annual Lighting of the Catskills Fire Towers

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 […]

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Evening Hike at Overlook Mountain – Hike for the Catskills

Come join us for an evening hike up Overlook. We will meet at the Overlook parking lot at 5:30pm. This is a 4.8-mile hike with even, gravel footing, but a steep trail. Once up top, we will enjoy the sunset from the fire tower before heading down the trail for a starlit hike. Please bring […]

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Family Hike at the Catskills Visitor Center – Hike for the Catskills

Spend the morning walking a 1-mile, accessible loop trail at the Catskills Visitor Center (CVC). Explore forest and field habitats. Try your hand using binoculars, identifying plants and animals, and climbing the fire tower in our backyard. We’ll talk about and practice Leave No Trace concepts throughout the walk. Meet at the CVC building. Please […]

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Dog-Friendly Hike at the Catskills Visitor Center – Hike for the Catskills

Join our Visitor Experience and Steward Coordinator Jenny Flavin for a dog walk around the Catskills Visitor Center. Please meet at 5:30pm for an evening walk with the pups. All dogs are required to be on a leash at all times. We will be talking about proper dog etiquette on the trails. If you are […]

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Views from the Watershed Bus Tours

Join Lize Mogel on Saturday, August 20th or Sunday, August 21st starting at 10:00am for a full-day or a half-day tour of the Ashokan Reservoir watershed. Learn from a historian and a hydrologist among other experts about the reservoirs and the water that flows through them. Meet at the Catskills Visitor Center for bus pick-up. […]

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Catskill Folk Connection: Square Dancing at the Catskills Visitor Center

Featuring live music by the Tremperskill Boys and square dancing instruction throughout the afternoon, we’re co-hosting a square dance with Catskill Folk Connection. Starting at 1pm on Saturday, August 20th, join other dancers under the Pavilion for practice and instruction in several different square dances. All levels of experience of welcome, and both fast and […]

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Guided Hike to Balsam Lake Mountain Fire Tower

Co-led by Melissa Goodwin, head guide and owner of Girl Gotta Hike, and Catskills Visitor Center staff, this 6-mile out and back hike will take us to the top of Balsam Lake Mountain to climb the fire tower and enjoy the views. A great way to work on completing the 2022 Catskill Fire Tower Challenge, […]

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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 […]

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Guided Hike to Hunter Fire Tower

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 […]

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First Day Hike: Overlook Fire Tower on January 1st 2022

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 […]

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Preparing for a Hike in the Catskills

Come with questions or just come for a demonstration on the basics of preparing for a day hike or an overnight backpacking hike in the Catskills with Visitor Center staff! A hike of one of the trails at the CVC is included, just under 1 mile. Learn about outdoor equipment, Catskills ecology, and take a […]

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