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.
Join us for an evening paddle on the headwaters of the Delaware River. The gentle flat water accommodates beginner and experienced paddlers alike. Observe Catskill Mountain wildlife such as bald eagles, heron, osprey, Canadian geese, ducks, turtles, beaver, muskrat, & more. Take in the abundant plant life along the meandering shores.
Oquaga Lake is a clear spring-fed lake cradled high in green forested hills where the air is fresh and exhilarating and makes you feel alive again. Here you'll find Scott's Oquaga Lake House, perfect for your next vacation or weekend get away.
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.
Shephard Hills was originally part of the estate of Helen Gould Shepard, daughter of railroad magnate Jay Gould, a Roxbury native son. The bent-grass 9 hole course was designed by one of the country's leading Golf Course architects with construction beginning in 1916. Upon completion of the course in 1918, Shephard Hills was recognized as one of the finest estate courses in the region - similar to those in the Hudson Valley. The course included a man made lake and a stone cottage (presently used as the clubhouse) that was used as a residence for the Shepard's summer visitors. Yardage: 6,254. Ratings: 71.2 Slope: 120 Par: 72. Today, Shephard Hills remains one of the regions most challenging golf courses enhanced by its historic charm and hometown hospitality.
The northern Catskill Mountains provide the setting for the venerable Stamford Golf Club. Historic Mt. Utsayantha dominates the surrounding heights, with the trails of the adjacent Scotch Valley Ski Area visible in the distance. The views are sweeping and spectacular as the beauty of the countryside unfolds in all its glory with each season. The course is appealing to both experts and high handicappers alike. Rolling terrain and undulating greens add to the challenge that is uniquely Stamford. The greens are a challenge for even the best golfers. Especially appealing, there is usually no waiting time to tee off, even on weekends and holidays, and completing a round in 3 1/2 to 4 hours is the norm. The clubhouse also affords a well equipped pro shop, locker rooms and showers. We have a driving range and practice putting green to help hone your game. Private golf lessons are available by appointment. A stop at the clubhouse for a cocktail, sandwich, or dinner provides the opportunity to relax and enjoy the magnificent view from the porch while watching players approach the amphitheater 18th green directly below. Stamford Golf Club is a semi-private club open to the public. We have special pricing packages for events as well as foursomes.
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.
With more than twenty years of combined experience, our goal is to provide a superior level of wilderness guidance, while maximizing the guest’s experience. Whether you are joining us for a bushwhack or a leisurely day hike, UAG will provide the guidance to complete your adventure safely. With one of our licensed New York state guides by your side, you will complete your trip with a plethora of new knowledge and skills. We will cover topics ranging from survival basics, meteorology, to back country etiquette. Our guests will finish their trips refreshed, enlightened, and equipped for a life time of exploration. Choose from one of our various packages or contact us to customize your own adventure.
We are a fly fishing resort and shooting preserve, offering 26 luxury cabins on 200 acres of exquisite mountain scenery. With 3 miles of private catch and release water on the West Branch of the Delaware, you can choose to fish the river here at the resort, go on a guided river trip with one of our pro guides, fly fish our stocked trout and bass pond, shoot sporting clays or hunt our preserve. Our log cabins range from cozy studio size all the way up to luxury personified, with the multi-bedroom CEO's and Executive cabins sporting a host of amenities.
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.