Catskill Park

Catskill Park

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Catskill Park

New York

(518) 357-2073

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Overview

New York's Catskill Mountains include one of the largest and most complex natural areas in the East - on par with the West's Yellowstone National Park. Round, forested mountains; narrow, winding valleys; rushing streams and rivers are features that attract many to the 600,000 acres of the Catskill Park.

One of the best kept New York State secrets is Bear Spring Mountain Campground, well-known for its excellent hunting and fishing, as well as its facilities for campers with horses. A good multi-use trail system for hiking, horseback riding, and snowmobiling also is available.

The Catskill Fish Hatchery near Livingston Manor is open to the public. Catskill streams offer some of the finest trout fishing in the East.

Among the best known waters are Esopus, Beaverkill and Willowemoc creeks. Each year, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation stocks fingerling and yearling trout throughout the Catskills.

Rolling hills, forested mountains, ponds, streams and historic sites can all be found within the Catskill Park.

Some of the Catskill campgrounds are open in the spring for early fishing and camping, and in the fall for hunting and autumn foliage viewing.

In the high peaks of the Central Catskills, a different kind of ski experience welcomes you: Belleayre Mountain and Forest Preserve skiing.

It's a world of difference. Belleayre Mountain lies in the heart of the Catskill Forest Preserve on "forever wild" land, unblemished by the blare and glare of commercialization. The mountain and its 33 trails are expertly maintained by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

There are many different access points to gain entry into the park. Enjoy!

Map of Catskills

Latitude, Longitude: 41.963570, -74.402160

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Activities

  • Bicycling

    The Catskill Scenic Trail lies on top of the former rail bed of the Ulster & Delaware Railroad. This 19-mile Rails to Trails project offers a hard-packed surgace that makes it perfect for hiking, biking, horseback riding and cross-country skiing. The Trail's very gentle grade is a unique feature, with only a four hundred foot change in elevation over the entire 19 miles. The young and the young-at-heart will find this an easy trek through some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.

  • Camping

    Country Roads Campground is situated on a scenic hilltop in the northern Catskill Mountains at an elevation of 2175 feet. This campground offers a view to warm a photographer's heart. Secluded in the mountains, away from the noise of the super highways, every vista invites tranquillity as the pure mountain air and refreshing breezes dissipate summer heat.

  • Fishing

    The Battenkill Angler is a full service fly fishing guide service offering customized trout fishing trips in Southern Vermont and the Catskills of New York. Half-day to multi-day guided tours of the area mix the skills of flyfishing with the biology of the Rivers themselves.

  • Hiking

    The Catskill Scenic Trail is also perfect for hiking in the warmer months. Also, hikers are encouraged to join the Hudson Valley Hikers. The purpose of this group is to bring people together. People who like being outside, hiking, backpacking, camping, kayaking, cycling, climbing, etc. This is an extremely active group with hikes every weekend and over 1,400 members.

  • Hunting

    Outback Outfitters Guiding Service is an all season guiding service that offers a variety of guided /semi-guided hunting and fishing trips in the Catskills and Adirondacks. Whether it's fishing the Delaware River in a drift boat, living in a wall tent cabin in the heart of the Adirondacks or enjoying Outback Lodge while hunting for the "big buck", Outback Outfitters is offering an outdoor adventure for the beginner as well as the serious sportsman.

  • Winter Sports

    Hunter Mountain Ski Bowl is located in New York State's northern Catskill mountains only 2 1/2 hours from the New York metropolitan area. With a 1600 foot vertical drop, 13 lifts & tows and 48 trails covering 3 separate mountains, Hunter offers terrain for all levels of ability.

Seasonality/Weather

For information about local area weather, please visit: http://www.weather.com/weather/today/.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(518) 357-2073

Campground reservations

(800) 456-2267

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