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The Catskills

The Catskills have been a vacation paradise for many generations of visitors. About an hour north of New York City, this region offers great outdoor adventures and legendary hospitality.

Thousands of acres of forest preserve beckon hikers, bikers and campers with high peaks and breathtaking views. You can swim and kayak in mountain lakes and fish in some of the world’s best trout streams. Go whitewater rafting or pitch your tent at scenic campgrounds like North-South Lake.

Amid picturesque countryside, you’ll find farmers markets, friendly villages and fun attractions. Take in a concert at Bethel Woods, where a museum celebrates the fabulous Sixties at the site of the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival. Explore the Catskill Fly Fishing Center on Willowemoc Creek, birthplace of American fly fishing, or step back to the Golden Age of railroading on the Delaware & Ulster Railroad. In Woodstock, browse the shops and galleries and tour the historic Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild arts colony.

Beautiful landscapes here inspired 19th-century artist Thomas Cole, founder of the Hudson River School. From the porch of Cedar Grove, his home in Catskill, you can gaze upon the very mountain views he painted. A nearby trail leads to the 260-foot Kaaterskill Falls, an inspiration to artists and authors since the 1800s.

Accommodations range from family-friendly dude ranches to country inns and mountaintop retreats like Windham and Hunter, with golf, mountain biking, summer chairlift rides and festivals. In Mount Tremper, Kate’s Lazy Meadow Motel re-creates 1950s kitsch. Experience traditional farm life at Hull-O Farms: children and adults can milk cows, collect eggs and dine on farm-fresh produce and meats.


Bear Spring Mountain | Downsville
Belleayre Mountain | Highmount
Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum | Livingston Manor
Catskill Mountains | Regionwide
Delaware River canoe trips | Various locations
Eldred Preserve Resort | Eldred
Eagle Institute | Barryville
Hunter Mountain | Hunter
• Kaaterskill Falls | Haines Falls
New York Zipline Adventure Tours, Hunter Mountain | Hunter
NorthSouth Lake Campground | Haines Falls
Town Tinker Tube Rental | Phoenicia
Windham Mountain | Windham

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts & Museum at Bethel Woods | Bethel
Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild | Woodstock

Catskill Mountain Railroad | PhoeniciaBoiceville
Delaware & Ulster Railroad | Arkville
• Healing Waters Farm | Walton
Plattekill Mountain Resort | Roxbury
Zoom Flume Water Park | East Durham

Brotherhood Winery | Washingtonville Green NY
Basha Kill Wildlife Management Area | Wurtsboro
Catskill Mountain County Store | Windham
Hawthorne Valley Farm | Ghent

• Antiques and Pottery Trail | Regionwide
Emerson Country Store | Mt Tremper
• Town of Woodstock