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The Catskills

The diverse region of the Catskills in southern New York is a short drive from the NYC/NJ/CT metro area, Northeastern Pennsylvania, the Capital Region of NY, and western Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Click on the map to journey through the four distinct sub regions of the Catskills and explore all that awaits you.

How to Hike Safely in the Catskills

Practice Safe Hiking
With towering peaks and scenic trails, the Catskills are home to an exciting mix of hikes—ideal for all ages and skill levels. Whether you’re embarking on a challenging climb or setting out on a leisurely family hike, discover the adventure of hiking in the Catskills. Although hiking is an option year-round, it’s important to wear the proper gear and have the appropriate equipment needed depending on the time of year, the trail conditions, and elevation. It’s also recommended that you alert at least one other person of where you are going and when you expect to return. Always register at a trailhead if a logbook exists. This helps groups keep track of trail use. Check out the following seasonal tips to ensure your next hiking experience is your best yet! Spring Tips • Wear multiple layers as the weather could change • Bring and use bug spray or wear a head net • Use trekking poles on muddy trails • Remain on trails even if there are muddy or wet spots • Pack a full water bottle and bring extra water • Wear waterproof boots • Bring extra food • Secure any food in bear-proof containers • Bring a first aid kit Summer Tips • Wear moisture-wicking clothing • Wear light colors • Pack a full water bottle and bring extra water • Avoid hiking at the hottest times of the day • Wear and bring sunscreen • Wear a hat • Bring extra food • Bring a first aid kit Fall Tips • Wear multiple layers • Pack a full water bottle and bring extra water • Be mindful of hunters, wear bright colors • Check the forecast • Keep in mind that the sun sets earlier in the day • Wear waterproof boots • Bring extra food • Bring a first aid kit Winter Tips • Know about the trail you’re hiking, including the terrain, length, and how long it should take you to complete • Pack a full water bottle and bring extra water • Use trekking poles • Bring crampons • Check the forecast • Wear multiple layers • Bring extra food • Bring a first aid kit and fire starter kit • Hike with at least one other person • Wear snowshoes if the snow is deep No matter which season you choose to hike, be sure to follow the seven Leave No Trace principles so the Catskill Mountains continue to remain beautiful for years to come. 1. Plan Ahead and Prepare 2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces 3. Dispose of Waste Properly 4. Leave What You Find 5. Minimize Campfire Impacts 6. Respect Wildlife 7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors From sunny spring and summer afternoons to cool fall and winter mornings, experience the beauty of tree-lined trails and spectacular views while hiking in the Catskills.

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