From New Trails to Legendary Waterways - Discover Outdoor Adventure This Spring in Greene County
Greene County, N.Y. - The Great Northern Catskills of Greene County are home to a variety of spring outdoor recreation options - from challenging mountain biking trails, to the fabled haunts of Rip Van Winkle and Thomas Cole, discover new adventures just two hours north of New York City and three hours west of Boston.
Hike the Catskills of Greene County
This spring, explore the Catskill Park's highest peaks in Greene County, home to five of the tallest mountains offering incredible hiking opportunities, including:
• Hunter Mountain - (5 miles RT) With an elevation of 4,040 feet, it's the second tallest peak in the Catskills. Multi-use trails for mountain biking and horseback riding wind to the summit where a firetower sits. There are multiple approaches, but the Colonel's Chair Trail from the ski area lodge is the most popular.
• Blackhead Mountain - (5.1 miles RT) With a summit elevation of 3,940 feet, Blackhead is the easternmost peak in the Blackhead Mountain Range, offering incredible views of the surrounding peaks. Park at the DEC parking lot on Greene County Highway 56 about four miles east of Maplecrest.
• Thomas Cole - (6.7 miles RT) Named for the father of American Art, Cole has a peak elevation of 3,950 feet. Part of the Blackhead Range, hike Cole in conjunction with Black Dome and Blackhead for a challenging trek. The trailhead for all three can be found at the end of Big Hollow Road in Windham.
• Black Dome - (6.2 miles RT) - Enjoy spectacular views of surrounding peaks from the summit elevation at 3,980 feet, the tallest peak in the Blackhead Mountain Range. The trailhead is located at the end of Big Hollow Road in Windham, and hikers must pass by Cole to get to Black Dome's summit.
• West Kill Mountain - (6.45 miles RT) Named for the stream that flows along its northern side, this peak is part of the Devil's Path range and boasts a summit elevation of 3,880 feet. Access via Spruceton road near Hunter Mountain.
Greene County Paddling
In the Hudson River town of Athens, Paddlehead Boards is the place for stand up paddle board (SUP) and kayak rentals for use on the Hudson River. Upon request, the friendly staff provides safety tips, paddle boarding demos and even short lessons on the Hudson for those new to the sport.
Many of the Great Northern Catskills of Greene County's lakes and waterways are non-motorized, including North-South Lake, so you can bring your own board and perfect your SUP skills on placid waterways while enjoying the scenic beauty of spring.
For a backcountry paddling experience, Colgate Lake near East Jewett offers scenic routes without the crowds. Enjoy a sunrise paddle or SUP adventure and stay overnight at the Colgate Lake Wild Forest campsite.
Mountain Biking and Spring Cycling in the Catskills
Greene County's rolling hills, mountains and rural roadways are two-wheel travelers' paradise. From Hunter Mountain's advanced mountain biking, to Windham's competitive cycling events and new multi-use trails, ride scenic routes throughout the Catskills, including:
• The Windham Path - This 1.5 mile multi-use trail that crosses five bridges and winds around the Batavia Kill stream in Windham. There is a parking area located on State Route 296.
• The Tannersville Bike Path - Leisurely 2.7 miles of multi-use riding and walking trails around Tannersville Lake, a public park where visitors can park to enjoy the bike path. This is a great place to take kids for a short, easy ride.
• Elm Ridge Bike Path - Challenging path provides more than 20 miles of terrain and some of the best singletrack in the Catskills. While many of the trails are rated for more advanced mountain biking, The FUN Loop provides beginner terrain for easy riding.
Discover the Great Northern Catskills -whether on the water, on the trail or at the summit, at www.GreatNorthernCatskills.com.
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: www.GreatNorthernCatskills.com, Facebook.com/GreatNorthernCatskills, and on Twitter.com/CatskillTourism.