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Outdoor Recreation / Hiking

The Great Western Catskills has long been an outdoor sports and adventure destination! With our lush valleys, crystal-clear waters and dramatic high peaks, Delaware County offers visitors amazing views with equally incredible experiences. Whether you’re seeking the challenge of downhill skiing, snowboarding and tubing; the tranquility of a leisurely walk through fields and forests or a steep trek; hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, extreme mountain biking, or miles of country roads for the biking enthusiast; the Great Western Catskills provides visitors with places to experience all of the great outdoors during any season! Enjoy the wildlife and fall in love with the breathtaking views.

  • All Trails

    At home or on the road, find your perfect hike, bike ride, or trail run by length, rating, and difficulty level. Filter by dog or kid-friendly trails, or find trails with great views.

  • Andes Rail Trail

    The Andes Rail Trail is an easily accessible hiking trail in an idyllic setting, suitable for individuals and families of all ages. The trail starts at the beautiful pergola and gate, at 266 Depot Stree.  Pass the historic Depot Building, erected in 1907. The first section of the trail continues for one very flat mile (2 miles round trip) along the old rail bed, and provides a peaceful experience of field and woodland beauty and wonderful mountain views.

  • Bear Spring Mountain State Park

    Bear Spring covers over 7100 acres and is the only state park in New York intended specifically for horseback riding. Riding enthusiasts enjoy 24 miles of trails. Also available are 24 horse tie stalls and a trailer parking stateion. The park trails are also suited for mountain biking, hiking, snowmobiling and cross country skiing. Most of Bear Spring Mountain is a Wildlife Management Area. This area includes all the horse trails and hiking trails. Some of these trails are marked for snowmobile use. Cross country users can use any trail. The lower campground at Spruce Grove is kept open for the Big Game Hunting Season on a first come, first serve basis. Campers can use this area beginning the day before archery season until the end of the late muzzle loading season. Bear Spring Mountain also offers primitive camping and Launt Pond in all its beauty. The campgrounds beach, boat rental, and multi-use trail system offers fun for all ages.

    512 East Trout Brook Road,
    Downsville 13755
    Phone: (607) 865-6989
  • Bramley Mountain Trail

    Bramley Mountain Trail (4-mile loop, moderate difficulty), was built by the Catskill Mountain Club, and leads to the summit of Bramley mountain, where there are open views, a former fire tower, and an abandoned bluestone quarry. Impressive cliffs and caves line the footpath between the summit and the quarry. Access the trail by parking on Glen Burnie Rd, one mile south and uphill of its intersection with County Road 18, Delhi.

    Glen Bernie Road
    Delhi 13753
  • Catskill 3500 Club

    The Catskill 3500 Club was founded in 1962, to foster interest in hiking in the Catskills. Membership is open to anyone who has climbed on foot each of the 35 Catskill peaks above 3500 feet in elevation.

  • Catskill Mountain Club

    The CMC offers volunteer led hikes and workshops throughout the Catskill Forest Preserve and on other state lands. From hiking to ice fishing, nature walks, plant identification and survival talks, we seek to share our love for the Catskill Park with you.

    PO Box 404
    Margaretville 12455
    Rick Roberts
    Phone: 607-746-9694
  • Catskill Outdoor Adventures

    Are you looking to catch that trophy trout, to bag a wild turkey or to explore New York's fabulous outdoor adventure lands?  Charles "Sonny" Somelofski has the skills and experience to ensure your next outdoor adventure exceeds all your expectations.

    P. O. Box 497
    Margaretville 12455
  • Catskill Park/Catskill Forest Preserve

    The Catskill Park is nationally unique because it is a checkerboard of public and private land; a grand experiment in how nature, even wilderness, and human society can coexist in a landscape. Hiking opportunities abound in the Catskill Park. There are approximately 300 miles of marked, maintained hiking trails on public Forest Preserve land. Stewardship and development of these trails is shared by the New York State Forest Rangers and local chapters of hiking clubs such as the New York/New Jersey Trail Conference and the Adirondack Mountain Club. There are 35 Catskill peaks boasting heights greater than 3500ft elevation, and people who hike to the summits of each of these peaks earn membership in the Catskill 3500 Club. One of three spots where you can access the trail from a village center can be found in Margaretville. For more information on the Park and hiking and other outdoor activites visit the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.

  • Catskill Scenic Route 30

    From Hancock to Grand Gorge, Catskill Scenic Route 30 follows the East Branch of the Delaware River through 5 towns; HancockColchesterAndesMiddletownRoxbury and their many villages and hamlets. Along the entire route, bluestone quarrying, logging and farming were historically the most important industries and continue to be important today. Easily accessible via Exit 90 from Route 17 (soon to be I-86), Route 30 in Delaware County passes through 61 miles of beautiful hills and valleys, passing many historical sites, and offering many attractions and recreational activities through all four seasons of the year.

    PO Box 97
    Downsville 13755
    Caroline Martin
  • Catskills Scenic Trail

    The Catskill Scenic Trail lies on top of the former rail bed of the Ulster & Delaware Railroad. This 26-mile Rails to Trails project offers a hard-packed surface that makes it perfect for hiking, biking, horseback riding during the warm months. Only a four hundred foot change in grade over the entire trail.

    PO Box 310
    Stamford 12167
    Catskill Revitalization Corporation
    Phone: 607-652-2821
  • Community Fitness Trail

    The Delhi Community Fitness Trail is a half mile in length and features six fitness stations, two picnic tables, benches, and bird houses. Free and open to the community, the trail is easily accessible from either the large main parking lot back from the main hospital entrance or from the small parking lot behind the Flint Building.

    460 Andes Rd
    Delhi 13753
  • Over The Border

    Finger Lake Trail System

    The mission of the Finger Lakes Trail Conference is to build, protect, enhance and promote a continuous footpath across New York State. Forever!

    6111 Visitor Center Road
    Mt Morris 14510
    Phone: 585-658-9320
  • Headwaters Trails

    Hiking, mountain biking, snowmobiling with access from various points in and just outside Stamford. There are approximately thirty miles of trails that are open to the public due to the generous cooperation of several landowners. The trails offer a variety of experiences for all levels of physical activity. Combined with the Catskill Scenic Trail, which is nearby and is 26-1/2 miles of hard-packed surface lying on top of the former rail bed of the Delaware & Ulster Railroad, the trails offer some of the most beautiful scenery in the state. This is a cooperative public and private trail system so please be respectful to the land and others on the trail.

  • Over The Border

    New York/New Jersey Trail Conference

    The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference partners with parks and recruits volunteers to create, protect, and promote 2,000 miles of public trails.

    156 Ramapo Valley Road
    Mahwah 7430
    Phone: 201-512-9348
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    Plattekill Mountain


    Best known for its winter offerings, Plattekill boasts big mountain terrain and friendly, family-oriented small mountain charm.  Choose from 38 trails, 4 lifts and 1,100 feet of vertical, you’ll find 2-mile long beginner cruiser trails and some of the steepest double-black diamonds around.  There’s something for everyone including a snowtubing park and snowshoeing too! Full Rental Facility onsite as well as Snowsports School, Cafeteria, Bistro and Lounge.

    In the "off" season... the action continues with mountain biking, hiking, scenic chairlift rides and free concerts all offered on the first weekend of every month starting in July, and wraps up with "Plattepalooza Family Fall Festival" Saturday of Columbus Weekend. Plattekill is also available for rental for a variety of private events and functions including corporate outings and mountaintop wedding ceremonies.

    469 Plattekill Road
    Roxbury 12474
    Phone: 607-326-3500
  • Script Trails

    Script Trails are a series of accessible exercise trails throughout Delaware County developed to increase physical activity in all communities. Explore the trails on getoutandwalk.org.

  • The Trout-Lily Trail


    The Trout-Lily Trail is on the property of John Burroughs' Woodchuck Lodge, a registered National Historic Landmark. The trail is modest and gentle, suitable for young and old alike, running through a small forested area, into the meadow for spectacular views of Delaware County.

    The trail is part of a partially restored footpath that was discovered winding up into the hill behind the woodshed, allowing you to walk in the footsteps of the great naturalist writer John Burroughs, who was credited with giving the wildflower “Trout-Lily” its name.


    Woodchuck Lodge, 1633 Burroughs Memorial Road
    Roxbury 12474
  • West Branch Preserve

    An energetic climb at this preserve takes you part way up a mountainside and through forests which are the habitat of abundant wildlife. Directions: Turn right on Route 10 (nine-tenths of a mile beyond the junction with County 26) into the preserve entrance and parking area.

    Hamden 13782