Explore the Catskills' Incredible Contributions to American Art & History on a New Discovery Trail

Greene County, N.Y. - The Great Northern Catskills of Greene County unveil a new self-guided discovery trail through the historic mountains and river valleys of literary fame and artistic acclaim: The Kaaterskill Clove Experience.

The Kaaterskill Clove Experience provides visitors with renewed contextual access to the area's important historic sites, hiking trails and cultural attractions. Recognized for its scenic beauty, the Clove's landscape has inspired countless artists for generations, and the experience's stops represent key places in American history.

Begin at the Greene County Visitors Center in Leeds to explore the Kaaterskill Clove Experience and travel along the 23A corridor, stopping at destinations that inspired the Hudson River School, and author Washington Irving. Visitors will learn about historic figures who journeyed to the Catskills to paint, draw, write, work and live - from Thomas Cole, the" Father of American Art," to Washington Irving, creator of Ichabod Crane's Sleepy Hollow, and Rip Van Winkle, the Dutch colonial who took a 20-year nap in the Clove.

Set the pace with four downloadable itineraries crafted for families, leisure and adventure travelers to explore a total of 19 stops, from the Rip Van Winkle Skywalk over the Hudson River, to Hunter Mountain Ski Resort's zipline canopy tour and SkyRider experience. Hike to Kaaterskill Falls, the cascading heart of Greene County, immortalized by countless painters, including Cole, wander through Frederic Church's Middle Eastern-inspired mansion, or enjoy a unique event at Woodchuck Lodge, the home of American essayist John Burroughs, like The Magic of Nature offering family-friendly music and stories with McKenzie Willis, on May 2.

Find more information and download Kaaterskill Clove itineraries at www.greatnortherncatskills.com/Kaaterskill-Clove.

About Greene County:
Greene County is in 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.Facebook.com/GreatNorthernCatskills, and on www.Twitter.com/CatskillTourism.


Rebecca Steffan
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