The Lark in the Park is coming soon. As usual, we will host many events over a 10 day celebration of the Catskill Park. Whether you prefer hiking, paddling, cycling, mountain biking, art, science, cultural studies, fishing, service, yoga or more, we’ll have something for you. Wheelchair accessible events included.
Check it all out at catskillslark.org
Join Pamela Martin at the Catskills Visitor Center for a free child centered outdoor yoga event. Ages 4 – 10. A caretaker must accompany each child during the class and is welcome to participate. Mats are provided.
What to bring: water, snacks, sunscreen, bug spray
Dogs allowed?: No
Directions: The Catskills Visitor Center is located on SR 28 in Mt. Tremper, approximately 1.2 miles north of Boiceville.
GPS: 42.028408, -74.272997
🎵 Summer’s here and the time is right for picnicking in the park! 🎵
At North-South Lake, that is!
It’s time for our Annual Members Picnic! Join us on August 11th from 10 to 5 at the South Lake pavilion for food, games, hikes, swimming, paddling and just a plain old good time chatting with like minded lovers of the great outdoors.
Your club will provide free hamburgers, hot dogs, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. You bring a dish to share.
The picnic is free for all CMC members, including individuals and families with children up to 18 years old. Family and significant others who are not CMC members are welcome to attend for a fee of $5 per person. Kids under 12 are free. Please pay by cash or check at the sign-in table when you arrive.
Not a current member? Join or renew below.
Hours: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Lunch at 1:00 PM.
Registration is required by August 6th. Click here to go to the registration form.
There is a day use area entrance fee to the facilities, and if you want to paddle you’ll need to rent or bring your own kayak or canoe.
First thing in the morning, we’ll depart on one or two easy hikes to one of the amazing attractions along the Escarpment. Sunset Rock, Inspiration Point and Kaaterskill Falls are all possibilities.
For those who prefer not to hike, choose from several other options. Afterwards, we’ll return to the pavilion for a cookout followed by a few more hours of relaxing, swimming, boating or playing a friendly yard game or two.
What you’ll need to bring:
If you’re hiking, bring good hiking shoes, comfortable clothing and plenty of water. Hiking poles are suggested. Bring swim suits, sunscreen, insect repellent, a change of clothes and folding chairs, if desired.
Bring a dish to share. Organizers will ask for an appetizer, a side dish, a dessert or a salad. Please see the registration form.
Questions can be directed to Rick Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org
Driving directions: From SR 23A in Haines Falls turn north onto North Lake Drive and bear right at the Twilight General Store, continuing to the entrance gate.
Make your reservations here:
Our trail work party at Frick Pond last month was so much fun that we’re doing another!
Come help us improve this local family-friendly trail so it is welcoming again! We supply tools and on-site training. You choose a rugged or light-duty task, depending on your ability (interested children too!) Bring water, a snack, work gloves and wear long pants and sturdy footwear.
Trip Leaders: Lisa Lyons and Ralph Bressler
Dogs Allowed: No dogs, please.
Each participant receives a complimentary snack bar (gluten-free) made locally by Magic Maple Foods at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County Catskills Kitchen.
Register and get the meeting location by contacting Lisa at (845) 439 5507 or email to email@example.com. If you only have an hour to spare, please come!
The CMC is excited to announce that tickets for the much anticipated “Views from the Watershed” tours of the NYC Catskill and Delaware watersheds are now available for purchase. Tour dates are Saturday, July 13th and Saturday, August 3rd.
Led by watershed educator and artist Lize Mogel and featuring special guests including historians Diane Galusha, Marianne Greenfield, the DEP’s Adam Bosch and CMC Executive Director Wendell George, the all-day bus tours will explore the landscape, history, and politics of the NYC water supply in the Catskills. Hear stories of the water system from the multiple perspectives of people who live and work in it, and who manage it. These tours are a great opportunity for newer or part-time residents of the Catskills and for visitors to learn more about the past, present, and future of how water shapes their environment.
The tour begins and ends at the Catskills Visitor Center in Mount Tremper. With stops at the Ashokan and Pepacton Reservoirs and sites in between, the tour will visit several points of interest as it winds through the scenic Catskill Park. Be sure to bring a camera! Lunch will be available for pre-purchase to be eaten at a stop along the way.
These tours are supported in part by an education grant awarded by the Catskill Watershed Corp. to the Catskill Mountain Club.
For more information visit Walking the Watershed.
This moderate hike is about 2 miles long. We’ll meet at the CVC at 9:30 and travel together to the trailhead from there. The hike should last about two hours and along the way we’ll visit two nice viewpoints. After the hike we’ll come back to the Visitor Center for refreshments and to participate in the festivities there.
Please bring something to drink. Dress for comfort and wear good hiking shoes. Hiking poles are suggested.
This event is limited to 15 hikers. Please register by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 845-586-6273.
Note: Due to rain this event was postponed until May 19th. Please contact the organizer to register for the new date.
The public is invited to come help out on the Frick Pond Loop Trail in Mongaup State Park, Livingston Manor. Together, we’ll improve the drainage on this scenic, family-friendly trail so it becomes welcoming again!
April 24, 2019 With the growing interest in the Catskills All Trails Challenge (CATC), we have created a Facebook group dedicated to the folks who are hiking the Challenge. The page gives you a place to connect with one another, share information and advice about the trails, ask questions, make plans, share routes, find hiking and carpooling partners and post pictures and descriptions of your adventures on the trails of the Catskill Park.
Anyone who has hiked or is interested in hiking the All Trails Challenge is welcome to join the group. You’ll need a Facebook account to join. Simply go to the following link and ask to join. Catskills All Trails Challenge on Facebook.
We welcome all hikers who share our values of good stewardship of the Catskill Park. We endorse Leave No Trace principles and compliance with the rules and regulations written by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation in order to protect the Catskill Forest Preserve, which was created to protect these lands as “Forever Wild” by an Amendment to the New York State Constitution. These regulations include limited hiking group sizes, with a legal limit of 20 without a special permit. We suggest a limit of 12 to limit impacts on sensitive and endangered plant communities, and to preserve the quality of the wilderness experience. For more, visit our page Recreational Use Regulations for the Catskill Park Forest Preserve.
At 3117′, Barkaboom Mountain is the highest in the Pepacton Range. We will bushwhack this trailless peak from Alder Lake, crossing its three summits and hiking down to Big Pond Road. This is a moderate-difficult hike with about 1300′ of ascent.
Details to follow.
Two weeks from tomorrow on Tuesday, February 5th the CMC and our many partners in the Catskill Park Coalition will head up to Albany on Catskill Park Day. Our purpose is to talk to legislators, the governor and officials at the DEC about the recreational needs of our region, including stewardship of the Catskill Park, aid to our communities, protection of our environment, conservation and many other things that impact on the health and quality of our area’s great outdoor spaces.
Click here for a summary of our goals and how you can help advance them, even if you can’t go to Albany. Find the contact info for your legislators and for the Governor and give them a call or write a letter supporting our requests. And please join us on February 5th as we make our case to our state’s leaders. Thanks in advance for helping to protect and improve the Catskill Park!
Beginning November 17th and lasting through December 9th, the popular regular deer and bear hunting season means that everyone who goes into the woods in the Catskills needs to be aware, be alert and ALWAYS BE DRESSED IN ORANGE (dogs included). Whether you are on forest preserve, state forest or NYCDEP lands, the three week period during which hunters are permitted to use rifles is a time for added care.
Alternatives where hunting is not permitted do exist. Most are not within the Catskills proper, but all are close enough to make a day trip practical. It is advisable to wear orange even when hiking on these trails. The added precaution affords peace of mind.
Listed below are 16 great places to get outdoors where hunting is not permitted. We suggest that you consider exploring new territory or revisiting your favorites. Happy Trails!
Andes Rail Trail/Bullet Hole Spur (in Andes)
Bear Mountain State Park (near West Point)
Black Creek Preserve (near Esopus)
Delhi Trails (in Delhi)
Ferncliff Forest & Fire Tower (Rhinebeck)
Harriman State Park (near Harriman)
High Banks Preserve (near Ulster Park)
Highland Lakes State Park (near Middletown)
Mills-Norrie State Park (near Staatsburg)
Minnewaska State Park Preserve* (near New Paltz)
Riddell State Park (near Laurens/Oneonta)
Thacher State Park** (near Voorheesville)
The Willows at Brandow’s Point (Athens)
Wallkill Valley Rail Trail (Kingston to Gardiner)
Walkway Over the Hudson & Franny Reese State Park (can be combined) (Poughkeepsie/Highland)
The North-South Lake Day Use Area is one place in the Catskill Park where hunting is not permitted. Be aware that the area does not include Kaaterskill Falls or the Escarpment Trail to the south of the intensive use area. It does extend on all trails north to Badman Cave.
*No bear season. For deer seasons, no hunting in the vicinity of hiking trails – check map here: https://parks.ny.gov/parks/attachments/Minnewaska2017HuntingMapMinnewaska.pdf?fbclid=IwAR0c-LusE0CwKNafcBrJidoc2K73nagbtsEll1HXmv4a3iyKKLo-aSllsJY
**hunting allowed in a some areas. See map for details: https://parks.ny.gov/…/ThacherThacherStateParkHuntingMap.pdf
This year’s party will take place on Sunday, October 14 at the Emerson Resort’s Catamount Restaurant in Mount Tremper. We’ll begin at 5 PM with a chance to talk to fellow members and guests while munching appetizers and enjoying a beverage from the bar. You can enjoy the views of Tremper Mountain while listening to the Esopus Creek from the expansive deck. Following the three course dinner, we’ll hear noted guide book authors Russell Dunn and Barbara Delaney give a presentation based on the recently published book Rambles to Remarkable Rocks, the perfect introduction to some new destinations for Catskills hikers. Russ is well known for his Catskill Region Waterfall Guide and other titles covering hiking in the Catskills, Adirondacks, Hudson River Valley, as well as the Taconics and Berkshires.
This year’s raffle offers another great line up of prizes including two Osprey day packs, a Thule kayak roof rack, snowshoes, artwork by naturalist Jack Mesick and a day rental for two of a kayak for a run down the East Branch of the Delaware. You do not have to be present to win, so purchase your tickets online or at the dinner. All proceeds go to help support the CMC’s work.
Get your RAFFLE tickets here: http://catskillmountainclub.org/…/2018-raffle-dinner-prizes/
Make DINNER RESERVATIONS here: http://catskillmountainclub.org/e…/tickets-for-annual-dinner
Most of us take for granted the almost endless opportunities we have to get out into the great outdoors. Whether we’re hitting the trail, casting for trout, paddling, or going rogue by ‘whacking our way into the unknown, we know well how important that chance to connect with nature is. And we appreciate it deeply.
For some of us, getting that feeling isn’t so easy. Our friends and family members who have limited mobility need and deserve resources that can accommodate them so they can get out and experience that connection with nature, too. The Americans with Disabilities Act has encouraged the development of infrastructure to make getting out easier. The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, other governmental agencies and even some non-governmental organizations have accessible facilities all around the Catskills, including trails, fishing areas, water access points, picnic pads, camping pads, pavilions and restrooms. Recent improvements have been completed at Kenneth Wilson Campground, a DEC facility in the Town of Woodstock and the DEC has filed notice for comments on a plan to improve and add to the accessible facilities at the North-South Lake Campground near Haines Falls. Accessible attractions also include iconic spots like Kaaterskill Falls and the Ashokan Reservoir Promenade. For travelers, easy to get to trails and other amenities can be found at the Catskill Interpretive Center in Mt. Tremper.
Here are links to pages that list where many of these facilities are located.
NYSDEC Accessible Recreation Destinations listed by county.
NYS Parks – search by the park name or location and look for the “Amenities and Activities” section.