The Catskills are known for their incredible landscapes: towering mountains lush with greenery as far as the eye can see, cascading waterfalls plunging from above, and recreational trails that pass through peaceful forests and rural farmlands. See it all on your own two feet during a Catskills hiking adventure that reveals the wonder and natural beauty of the region.
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The Catskill State Park is home to some of the most scenic hikes in the country. Waterfalls, swimming holes, lakes, beautiful mountain-top views, and relics of historical structures are nestled into the peaks and valleys that make upstate New York a favorite hideaway for celebrities and regular folks alike. Whether you're looking for scenic vistas to take in the foliage, fire towers to climb, difficult climbs or easy loops, check out a list of great DEC Suggested Hikes here.
If you're not too familiar with the area or want to make the best of a short stay, check out the Catskill Tourism page with recommended hikes for taking it easy, bringing the kids, taking in a waterfall, or challenging yourself with a difficult but rewarding climb to the Hunter Mountain Fire Tower. Catskills Tourism Page Suggested Foot Trails
The best way to discover local treasures is to ask the locals. In our case, we have a team of local expert hikers well-versed in the best hikes year round to tap for knowledge. While we're well known here in the Catskills for our fall foliage, the peaks are just as beautiful when they're capped with snow or a bright shimmering shade of green in the spring and summer. Get the list from Catskill Mountaineer here: Catskill Mountaineer 25 Best Hikes
When just the hike isn't enough for you, we've got 5 fire towers in the Catskills of the original 19 that have been preserved by dedicated volunteers and reopened to the public. Previously used to watch the mountains for signs of forest fires, the towers were all decommissioned in the 80s, but thanks to volunteers and summit stewards, the few that remain offer spectacular views of the area. Catskill Hikes with Fire Towers
The region isn't just known for mountains - we've got impressive waterfalls, too, like Kaaterskill Falls, nearly 100 feet higher than Niagara Falls. If you're coming up when it's still warm, check out some of the Waterfalls in the Catskills