Catskills Books & Maps

Catskill Region Maps:

Catskill Trail Maps  by NY-NJ Trail Conference

Six-map set from the NY-NJTC. 2013 edition. Completely new, digitally-produced map set showing all designated trails within Catskill Park, all 35 peaks in the Catskills over 3,500 feet in elevation, and additional state lands not included on the previous edition. Maps have 50-foot contours, trail mileage on the map fronts, detailed trail index and guide on map backs, and easy-to-read state land and New York City DEP watershed land boundaries. Additional features include GPSed trails, unmaintained trails and woods roads, fire towers, lean-tos, viewpoints, waterfalls, springs, parking areas, campgrounds, primitive campsites, and UTM grid with Lat/Lon markings and magnetic-north navigation lines. A must for avid Catskill Mountain hikers.

Note that maps for iPhone and Android devices are also available.  Read about them here.

Catskill Region Map from The Catskill Center for Conservation & Development

This map from The Catskill Center covers the entire Catskill region;defined as Delaware, Greene, Otsego, Schoharie, Sullivan, Ulster, and southern Albany Counties. Our Catskill Region is larger than the State of Connecticut, and this shaped-relief topography map is the only one that depicts it with great detail and in full-color. It includes historic sites (points of interest), peak elevations, recreations areas, Catskill Park boundary, NYC Watershed area, state parks, and wildlife areas.

Catskill Park Trail Map #755  by National Geographic

National Geographic’s recreational map of Catskill Park is a two-sided, waterproof map designed to meet the needs of outdoor enthusiasts. This map was created in partnership with the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) which provided trail information from its Forest Preserve Series of trail guides. Loaded with valuable information about recreating in the park, the map also includes a UTM and Latitude/Longitude grid, as well as selected waypoints and a scale bar for easy and accurate navigation.

Year-round activities abound in the park and the location of scenic viewpoints, boat launches and canoe carry downs, swimming areas, fishing access points, ski areas, and other points of interest are clearly marked as are park and forest boundaries. Campers will appreciate the attention paid to noting the variety of facilities available including primitive campsites, shelters, picnic areas, restrooms, parking, RV dump stations, and universal access areas for the handicapped.

Outdoor Recreation Books:

Catskill Trails – Volume 8, 4th Edition (ADK)  edited by Carol and David White

If you’re interested in hiking the Catskills, this guide offers a lot for the space and money. This edition is a significant improvement over earlier versions for several reasons, including an improved, easier to read index which makes it easy to find alternative hike routes, entries about new trails and greater details about the trails themselves. At the beginning of each geographic section, there is a bulleted list offering a few suggested hikes characterized as Short, Moderate, and Harder. This book is written to be used with either the NY-NJTC map set or with the NG #755 map.  A must have for hiking in the Catskills. 254 pages. Paperback.

The Catskill 67 – A Hiker’s Guide to the Catskill 100 Highest Peaks under 3500′ by Alan Via

Alan Via provides a wealth of information on a previously overlooked group of peaks: the Catskill 67. In this hiker’s guide to the lesser-known peaks of the Catskill 100 Highest, Via provides routes to the summits–on trails, woods roads, or bushwhacks–with keen observations and a wry sense of humor. Complete with nine regional maps, four-color images, GPS coordinates for trailheads and difficult road intersections, and a large-format, comprehensive map of the Catskill 100 Highest region. Peaks are rated for view, interest, difficulty, and bushwhack. Page maps, mileages, and difficulty ratings. Trailhead and parking info. 191 pages.

Catskill Region Waterfall Guide by Russell Dunn

Russell Dunn takes on the Catskills and the Shawungunks, leading the way to some of New York’s most famous cascades in the land of the Hudson River School and John Burroughs. Dunn guides the reader to more than 70 waterfalls, including New York State’s tallest, providing detailed directions, maps, historical and anecdotal accounts, and vintage postcards. Waterfall adventures for every level of ability include wilderness treks and roadside views, even a kayak paddle through a secluded chasm.

Backroad Bicycling in the Hudson Valley and Catskills by Peter Kick and Dori O’Connell

This guide will introduce you to both the Hudson Valley’s gentler, scenic river routes and the hilly back roads of the Catskill, Shawangunk, and Taconic mountain ranges. You’ll find intriguing facts about the historical, cultural and natural gems found along each ride. Get detailed mile-by-mile directions and clear maps to guide you. 25 black-and-white photographs and 26 maps.

A Kayaker’s Guide to the Hudson River Valley: The Quieter Waters–Rivers, Creeks, Lakes and Ponds by Shari Aber

Author Shari Aber leads the reader on thirty-three guided paddles in the heart of the Hudson River Valley–Dutchess, Orange, Ulster, Greene, Columbia, Putnam, Westchester, & Sullivan counties. Includes maps, photographs, tips on safety, and directories of outfitters and environmental organizations offering equipment, instructions, or guided tours.

Catskill Day Hikes for All Seasons by Carol & David White

Catskill Day Hikes for All Seasons describes sixty hikes, treks, and rambles to the mountain summits, cascading falls, and dramatic rocky notches of this 700,000-acre park….Hike descriptions include practical advice, round-trip distances, difficulty ratings, summit elevations, and page maps. The Whites have included a mix of easy, moderate, and difficult short and full-day treks along with information on regional attractions. 176 pages. Softcover.

Snowshoe Routes: Adirondacks and Catskills by Bill Ingersoll

In Snowshoe Routes: Adirondacks & Catskills, Bill Ingersoll captures the unique and varied landscapes of the area with 65 different routes. It’s perfect for snowshoers who are looking for easy, family-friendly rambles, or those seeking a challenge on steep terrain. This guide offers outings to hidden lakes, scenic views, mountain tops, and remote wilderness.

Helpful extras include the history and geography of the Adirondacks and the Catskills, information on proper attire and equipment (including tips on choosing the best snowshoes), safety tips for crossing frozen bodies of water, and the basics of winter camping.

AMC Catskill Mountain Guide, 2nd Edition by Peter Kick

Inside you’ll find detailed descriptions of trails to suit every ability level—from an easy walk to the Kaaterskill Falls, to strenuous climbs in the Indian Head Wilderness Area, including Devil’s Path, a favorite route for backpackers. Tips on trip planning and map and compass use, plus notes on the geology, flora, and fauna of the region make this guide an ideal addition to your pack. 272 pages. Paperback.

Best Hikes With Children in the Catskills and Hudson River Valley by Cynthia Lewis, Thomas J. Lewis, Sheila Buff

Completely revised and updated, with trips suitable for preschoolers to teenagers.This edition guides you to some of the Empire State’s most kid-friendly outdoor excursions, all of which are located within two and a half hours of New York City. It features 51 short, spectacular hikes for kids, seniors and anyone looking for an easy escape to the outdoors, practical advice for hiking with children and engaging them in the natural world, and includes optional turn-around points for tired feet.

AMC’s Best Day Hikes in the Catskills and Hudson Valley: Four-Season Guide to 60 of the Best Trails from the Hudson Highlands to Albany, 2nd Edition by Peter Kick

The Catskills and Hudson Valley are a hiker’s paradise, boasting varied and scenic terrain from Westchester County to Albany.  This fully updated guide leads beginner and experienced hikers alike along 60 of the region’s most spectacular trails, from shorter nature walks to longer day hikes. An at-a-glance chart highlights the best hikes near public transportation, for kids, and for winter snowshoeing and skiing.

Catskill Peak Experiences – 101 True Tales of High Adventure in the High Peaks by Carol and David White

For the last forty-five years, mountain climbers in the Northeast have joined the quest for membership in the Catskill 3500 Club, reserved for hikers who summit all thirty-five Catskill Mountain peaks over 3,500 feet high. Adding to the challenge, four peaks must be climbed in winter, and thirteen of the peaks are trail-less. Despite all obstacles, from blizzards to raging thunderstorms, ice storms, broken bones, heart attacks, subzero temperatures, disorientation, intense fatigue – you name it – they kept coming back for more, and today over 1,700 men and women have earned their membership badge. And they all returned with stories to tell. 6″ x 9″, 320 pages, map & photographs.

Catskill Trails: A Ranger’s Guide to the High Peaks, Books 1 & 2 by Edward G. Henry

Hike the Catskills with a Forest Ranger by your side! This includes hikes through some of the most magnificent scenery in the Eastern US, the rugged wilderness terrain of the Catskill Forest Preserve. These books tie geology, forest ecology, meteorology, wildlife biology, geography, economics, and history in order to offer a well-rounded perspective of the region.

New York Walk Book – 7th Edition Revised by Daniel D. Chazin, Robert L. Dickinson and Jack Fagan

This book covers everything from the Catskills to Fahnestock State Park to Westchester County to Long Island. Mountain ecology, the geology, are discussed. The color maps show each area covered in the book including the hiking trails, the geology, topography, etc. This book will prove to be a necessary asset to a hiker wishing to see all of the natural wonders of the Hudson River Valley and its surroundings.

Views from on High: Fire Tower Trails in the Adirondacks and Catskills by John P. Freeman

Fire towers are being saved from destruction owing to the efforts of volunteer organizations throughout the Adirondack and Catskill Parks. This guide describes 28 fire tower trails, how to get to each, the condition of the tower and whether or not it is open to the public.

An Ice Climber’s Guide to the Catskill Mountains by Marty Molitoris

Avid ice climber, Mary Molitoris, produced this guide as an attempt to offer in depth information and education to current and future ice climbers of the Catskills. It contains valuable information on ratings, weather, equipment, amenities and ethics as well as detailed directions to, and descriptions of, many of the finest climbs the Catskills has to offer. (out of print)

Publishers of Local Books:

Adirondack Mountain Club
New York-New Jersey Trail Conference
Black Dome Press
Purple Mountain Press

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