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See the Catskills Like Never Before

It’s a short drive from the big city to world-class trails that offer something for every level of hiker. Want to ascend a 2,000-foot mountain and climb a fire tower to reveal breathtaking views? Or walk through the woods to find a secret waterfall? Or even just take a pleasant hour-long stroll around a quiet country lake? You’ll find all this in the Catskills, and when your hike is over, the fun is just beginning. This is a region filled with art and culture, incredible food, and family-friendly activities from fly fishing to the largest indoor water park in the US. Stay the night, too: the Catskills region offers wonderful lodging options for any budget, from well-equipped campgrounds to quaint inns to luxury boutique hotels. See the Catskills like never before!

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New Ways to See it All

New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation presents new guided hiking excursions (Hike With Us • Catskills) and a new hiking adventure (Catskills Fire Tower Five Challenge) with rewards for climbing some of the Catskills’ most stunning peaks!

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Hiking Itineraries in the Catskills

The Catskills region features four counties and plentiful options for a hike. Here, we present 15 well-planned itineraries: click on the county of your choice and find a hike, along with nearby activities, food, and lodging, to create your own Catskills memories.

Be a responsible hiker. Visit Leave No Trace for minimum impact practices and NY's DEC hiking safety guidelines.

getting there

By Train

The Catskills are not directly accessible by major train lines, but Amtrak and Metro-North both stop at stations throughout the Hudson Valley, with Catskills destinations accessible by taxi or rental car.

By Plane

The Catskills region is served by the Greater Binghamton Airport, the Albany International Airport and Stewart International Airport with taxi and rental-car services to take visitors to the Catskills.

By Car

(varies by location; drive times below are to Woodstock):
• From NYC: 2 hours
• From Albany: 1 hour
• From Buffalo: 5 hours
• From Boston: 3.5 hours
• From Philadelphia: 3.5 hours
• From Montreal: 4.5 hours

By Bus

Trailways bus lines make regular stops with service from New York City, Albany, Newburgh, and more.