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Hike With Us - Catskills

See the Catskills like never before!

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Ready to go for a hike in the Catskills? Check out one of the guided hikes below, or use the itineraries to plan your own adventure.

The Catskills include 287,500 acres of state land (Forest Preserve) and are filled with endless opportunities for adventure, including hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, skiing, mountain biking, rock climbing, paddling, and snowmobiling. With a unique mixture of public and private lands, history, culture, art, and proximity to New York City, the Catskills make an ideal mountain escape.

Find more information on:

  • Hike Smart NY - Make sure you carry the 10 Hiking Essentials and follow the hiker's responsibility code.
  • Leave No Trace - Follow these Seven Principles to learn how to recreate safely and sustainably (link leaves DEC website)
  • I Love NY for trips and itineraries in the Catskills (link leaves DEC website).

Guided Hikes in the Catskills

If you are not sure of where to start, sign up for one of these free guided hikes led by expert hikers.

Thank you to our partners - Catskill Center, Catskill 3500 Club, Catskill Mountain Club, Catskill Country Walks, Catskill Mountainkeeper, and Hike on Guides - for leading hikes and collaborating to introduce more New Yorkers to the outdoors.

Saturday, July 20 - Tremper Mountain Fire Tower Hike

Want to check out a fire tower on a guided experience? Come to the guided Tremper Mountain Fire Tower Hike.

The hike to the Tremper Mountain Fire Tower from the parking area on Route 40 (Plank Road) is a moderate-to-difficult, six-mile round-trip hike (out and back) along the red-marked Mount Tremper Fire Tower Trail. The trail is a continuous climb of nearly 2,000 feet on a rocky old road with excellent views afforded from the Fire Tower at the top. This hike will start and end at the Catskill Visitor Center at 8 A.M. For more to do in Ulster County after your hike, check out I Love New York's guide.

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Saturday, July 27 - Dibble's Quarry

This hike will be led by Catskill Center and Hikes on Guides at 10 A.M. The trail to Dibble's Quarry is an easy to moderate 2 mile round-trip hike with some elevation gain. Dibble's Quarry offers views of the Platte Clove Valley, along with Kaaterskill High Peak and Round Top Mountain. Participants should bring plenty of water, snacks and wear proper footwear. The trip should take about 2 hours. For more to do in Greene County after your hike, check out I Love New York's guide.

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Saturday, August 3 - Frick Pond Loop

Come immerse yourself in the Catskills via an easy 2 mile hike and talk on the ecological systems, natural history and wildlife around Frick Pond.

The trip leader is Wes Gillingham, Associate Director of Catskill Mountainkeeper, who is a naturalist who has taught college field courses on wild lands across North America. The group will meet at Frick Pond trailhead at 10 A.M. For more to do in Sullivan County after your hike, check out I Love New York's guide.

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Sunday, August 11 - Rochester Hollow

This hike begins at 9 A.M. This is a pleasant, easy hike on an old woods road that follows a babbling brook as it ascends the hollow to a monument to naturalist John Burroughs at 1.9 miles from the trailhead. Continue on to an old farmstead at 2.5 miles, and just beyond that, a lean-to shelter overlooking a sugar maple stand. In addition to the main trail, marked with blue markers, there are two alternative trails that leave and rejoin the main trail, allowing one to explore former farm fields surrounded by laid-up stone walls. For more to do in Ulster County after your hike, check out I Love New York's guide.

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Sunday, August 11 - Hunter Fire Tower via Colonels Chair

Experience New York's highest elevation fire tower, offering spectacular views of the Catskill Mountains, with an Introduction to the Catskill Peaks, led by Catskill 3500 Club Hike Leader Michael Bongar. Learn about the Catskill peaks, Leave No Trace, a bit of history, Catskill Stewardship and the 3500 Club. Meet Michael at the top of the chair lift at 11 AM for a 2 hour hike on top of Hunter Mountain. For more to do in Greene County after your hike, check out I Love New York's guide.

**Please note: There is a fee for accessing this hike via the Hunter Mountain Scenic Skyride. To find out more details, please visit Hunter Mountain's website (link leaves DEC website).

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Sunday, August 18 - Burnt Knob and Acra Point

This hike will be led by Catskill Center and Hike On Guides at 10 A.M. The trail to Burnt Knob and Acra Point is a moderate 4.4 mile round-trip hike with moderate elevation gain to the two mountain peaks. Both peaks offer views of the surrounding mountains. Participants should bring plenty of water, snacks, a bag lunch and wear proper footwear for a moderate hike. The trip should take around 3 hours. For more to do in Greene County after your hike, check out I Love New York's guide.

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Saturday, August 24 - Kelly Hollow

Kelly Hollow is one of the most beautiful short trails in the Catskills with rocky streams and waterfalls. It has a combination of coniferous and deciduous forests with a lovely beaver pond near a lean-to at the top. The trail is an easy to moderate loop of about 4 miles. For more to do in Ulster County after your hike, check out I Love New York's guide.

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Saturday, September 7 - Cabot Mountain Lookout

Experience spectacular views of Little Pond and the Catskills along the Touch-Me-Not trail. For more to do in Delaware County after your hike, check out I Love New York's guide.

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Saturday, September 7 - Alder Lake

This is a scenic 1.6 mile/1.5-hour easy hike over gently rolling terrain encircling Alder Lake. Look for eagles, ospreys, red-winged blackbirds, and other wildlife that are frequent visitors to the lake. Bring a canoe or kayak to get an even better lakeside view. For more to do in Ulster County after your hike, check out I Love New York's guide.

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Saturday, September 7 - North South Lake Ashley Falls Loop

The hike will start at 10 A.M. on Sunday, August 11th. After passing the North/South Lake State Campround gatehouse, continue left at the fork. Park at the parking area on the left just past the Mary's Glen trailhead. It will be about 1 mile from the gatehouse. We will hike together in a group at a relaxed pace. We will hike past the falls at first and do a nice loop. Upon returning from the loop, we will have lunch at the falls. For more to do in Greene County after your hike, check out I Love New York's guide.

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Saturday, September 14 - Onteora Lake

This hike will be led by Catskill Center and begins at 10 A.M. The trail around Onteora Lake is an easy 2.4 mile round-trip hike with little to no elevation change. The hike offers views of the lake and its surrounding wetlands and forests. Participants should bring plenty of water, snacks and wear proper footwear for an easy hike. The trip should take about 2 hours. For more to do in Ulster County after your hike, check out I Love New York's guide.

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Saturday, September 21 - Vernooy Kill Falls

The red-marked trail follows an old woods road, gradually ascending Cherrytown Mountain to a series of picturesque waterfalls near the site of an old mill, 1.8 miles from the trailhead. For more to do in Ulster County after your hike, check out I Love New York's guide.

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Saturday, October 19 - North Point

Climb 2 miles to experience North Point's remarkable views of North-South Lake, Kaaterskill High Peak, and Devil's Path. Meet at the Scutt Road Trailhead parking at 10 A.M. where the hike will begin and end. For more to do in Greene County after your hike, check out I Love New York's guide.

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Saturday, October 26 - Overlook Mountain Fire Tower

Meet at Meads Meadow Trailhead and experience views from the newest of the five fire towers left in the Catskill Park. The Overlook Tower is 60 feet tall, and offers incredible views of the Hudson River Valley, Ashokan Reservoir, and Devil's Path. For more to do in Ulster County after your hike, check out I Love New York's guide.

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Saturday, October 26 - Trout Pond

Park at the trailhead and hike to experience all that this location has to offer. Trout Pond is bordered by two lean-tos and is a great location to view Cherry Ridge and take advantage of wonderful backcountry fishing opportunities (fishing license required). For more to do in Ulster County after your hike, check out I Love New York's guide.

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