Greene County Offers Scenic Boating Along Catskill's Historic
Greene County, N.Y. - For more than 300 miles, the Hudson River winds through New York State, curving along the shores of the Great Northern Catskills of Greene County to offer easy access to historic sites, nature preserves and riverside dining.
This summer, set sail along the Hudson River and explore Greene County's vibrant shoreline via the Catskill Creek to enjoy the best of the Catskill's waterfront.
Catskill Creek: Dining to Shopping
One of the Hudson River's scenic tributaries, the Catskill
Creek flows through the village of Catskill. Five marinas are located along the Creek, offering an array of services, from hot showers to kayak rentals. Stroll the Main Street area of Catskill from any one of these marinas to find restaurants,
art galleries and boutique shopping. Don't miss the Cat-N-Around Catskill outdoor art event featuring a town-wide installation of creatively painted cat sculptures.
Navigate the shore like a pro with the Great Northern Catskills of Greene County's downloadable Waterfront
Guide for information about public parks, marinas, restaurants, as well as popular fishing spots and hand-launch sites for boats.
Catskill Creek offers family-friendly kayaking around the Ramshorn-Livingston Sanctuary. Paddle along quiet waterways and glimpse bald eagles, dragonflies and a variety
of waterfowl. If you're traveling with kids, Dutchman's Landing playground and park is the perfect place to play in the Catskills, grab a quick bite to eat, an ice cream and enjoy evening concerts throughout the summer.
At the mouth of Catskill Creek, Historic Catskill Point and the Freightmasters Building is home to an interpretive museum highlighting the history of the river. Open Saturday 10 am - 4 pm and Sunday 12 - 4 pm, the museum provides a great rainy-day adventure for the whole family.
If you're enjoying an extended stay around the Catskill area, don't miss the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, the former home of the founder of the Hudson River School of Art. The museum houses a collection of Cole's sketches and paintings,
and currently features a special exhibition titled, "Master, Mentor, Master: Thomas Cole & Frederic Church." Open from 10 am to 4 pm Wednesday through Sunday; enjoy guided tours, special exhibits and more.
Hudson River Adventures: Stand Up Paddleboarding to Micro-Brews
Experience the rich history of the Hudson River along the shores of Greene County. Once the site of a Native American
tool-making workshop, Four-Mile Point Preserve in Coxsackie offers ample fishing, bird-watching, kayaking and walking trails that the whole family can enjoy.
In Athens, Crossroads Brewery boasts 10 micro-brews and several New York State wines to quench your thirst, as well as a perfectly paired pub menu featuring locally sourced meats, cheeses and produce. After dinner, enjoy moonlit sail aboard Hudson Cruises water taxi, offering service between Athens and Hudson every weekend in the summer.
If you're looking for an adventure, earn your sea legs paddleboarding with a SUP rental from Paddlehead Boards on Water Street. Not up for the water, then rent a beach
cruiser bike and discover all the nationally registered historic homes in Athens.
Hudson-Athens Lighthouse Tours
Located in the middle of the Hudson River, the historic Hudson-Athens Lighthouse is only accessible by boat. Explore the lighthouse with the former lighthouse keeper's
daughter and step back in time as she tells her family's story. Tours are available on the second Saturday of the month throughout August, September and October, and reservations are suggested. To reserve a spot, call (888)
764-1844. Tickets cost $25 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and under.
About Greene County:
Greene County is the Great Northern Catskills, home to five of the 10 highest peaks in the Catskill Park, family resorts,
outdoor adventure and year-round entertainment. Known as the nation's first wilderness, and renowned as the home of Thomas Cole's Hudson River School, the Catskills are a haven for outdoor recreation and artistic inspiration. Greene
County was also the inspiration for Washington Irving's literary legend, Rip Van Winkle. Connect with the Catskills at Facebook.com/GreatNorthernCatskills, and on Twitter.com/CatskillTourism.