belleayrelogo.jpgLocal, Environmentally Conscious Recreation makes for a Green and Great Summer Highmount, NY, June 15, 2009 - The Beauty of Belleayre? Its vistas, its variety, and its proximity make Belleayre Mountain mandatory for visitors' calendars the next few months. Summer views are nothing but Green at New York's Department of Conservation facility in Highmount of Ulster County. A Day-use facility, Belleayre Mountain provides countless ways to enjoy the beauty of the surrounding Catskill environment without expensive costs. The Belleayre Music Festival ( offers quality, musical entertainment on weekend evenings, while the Aqua School at Belleayre Beach diligently promotes affordable water- safety instruction for vacationers and local residents. Hiking to the Mountain's summit and barbequing at the Pine Hill Lake make the perfect weekend. The four season facility is eagerly resourceful for its guests, generating numerous complimentary programming activities to offset the financial strains families may be feeling this summer vacation. If there was ever a time and a place for travelers to "go green" and be easy on the wallet, Belleayre Mountain ( would be that recreation destination for 2009. An upcoming Eco Adventure Program, free of charge and held at the Belleayre Beach, includes a "Learn about Solar Energy" presentation, on Saturday, June 20th at 2:00pm. Join Meckes Alternative Energy Options in learning about how harnessing sun power can offset home expense costs and battle fossil fuel consumption. The presentation will be tailored to all audiences with an interactive children's activity and an opportunity for inquiries from adults, homeowners, and solar enthusiasts. Belleayre Mountain is excited to promote energy sustainability and educate others about its positive potentials. Saturday evening, June 20th at 7:00pm offers another learning opportunity; the Department of Conservation Lecture Series presents a free Bear Lecture at the Discovery Lodge. New York State biologist Larry Bifaro will present an informative slideshow with fantastic photos and accounts of the area's native Black Bear. Bifaro will address questions and share stories of accounts that New York State Department of Conservation have encountered, as well as advise to the public, about how to coexist with the animals. Also, mark your calendars for upcoming Lecture Series on Bats on August 1st. Outside of the "classroom," Belleayre's facilities offer adventure and excitement. Superior hiking trails begin at the Belleayre Beach, move through the cross-country area, and meander up to the mountain's summit, providing moderate to challenging climbs. Be sure to pack a picnic lunch to eat at the Lean-to or visit the Fire tower. Plenty of photo opportunities make hiking at Belleayre a quality and unique experience. Belleayre Mountain also offers guided hiking tours and themed hikes with Eco-Adventurers, listed on  The Belleayre Beach at Pine Hill Lake will be open full-time beginning on Saturday, June 20th. Weekday hours will be open from 10am-6pm; swimming and boating close at 7:30pm on weekends and holidays. Well-known for its impeccable upkeep, Belleayre Beach promotes recycling, as it is a carry-in/carry-out facility. Its green lawns and fine, white-sand beach provides an affordable ($8 a car load) and relaxing way to spend the summer months. The Aqua School at Belleayre Beach is currently registering for swimming lessons and specialty one and two day workshops. On-line purchasing is available, as well as phone purchases through Belleayre's sales department at (845) 254-5600 X2474. Be sure to check Belleayre's summer website at for a full listing of summer aquatics programming. The lake area also offers rentable boats, kayaks, and Adirondack chairs. BBQ areas and rentable pavilion spaces are available for reunions and parties through Labor Day. Basketball courts and horseshoes pits also outfit the summertime area. Belleayre Mountain is a year-round outdoor recreation area in the Catskill Mountains operated by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. 


Contact: Georgia LoPresti Meckes Belleayre Mountain Marketing Department Phone: 845-254-5600 X2426 Email: Web: Belleayre Snow Phone: 800-942-6904