On View

Drive down almost any road in Delaware County no matter how unassuming: this is where the landscape will show its spectacular side. Often unexpected but always stunning, the views in the Great Western Catskills never fail to amaze.

While we have some of our favorites, we also asked some Great Western Catskills regulars to share their best-loved views.

Brenda Beswick offers “the high spot on Dunk Hill Road.” Dunk Hill Road in Walton is off East Brook Road/CR-22.

“Palmer Hill in Andes never fails to bring tears to my eyes,” says Ashling Kelly. “I make a ‘pilgrimage’ there every year.” Access to Palmer Hill is found on NY-28 between Andes and Margaretville.

“The intersection of MacGibbon Hollow and Chambers Hollow in Walton” is the choice of Mary Loker Hafele. Chambers Hollow can be found between Hamden and Walton on NY-10.

Cyndi Wright is a big fan of the vista from “the top of Cabin Hill road as you are headed to Andes.” She also loves the view from Shavertown Bridge at sunrise or sunset. “It’s a beautiful view from the middle of the bridge.” Cabin Hill Road is portion of CR-2 in Andes. CR-2, also known as Andes-Delancey Road, runs from Delancey to Andes. Shavertown Bridge can be accessed by NY-30 in Andes. This bridge crosses the Pepacton Reservoir.

Palmer Hill

John Clark’s favorite view: “the top of Seeley Wood Road near Walton.” Get to Seely Wood Road via Lower Third Brook Road, found off NY-206 in Walton.

“The top of Roxbury Mountain, viewing Roses Brook toward South Kortright” is one of Candace Conlon Rudd’s most-loved prospects. Roxbury Mountain Road can be accessed via CR-41 in Roxbury. Follow it to Roses Brook Road then on to Delhi-South-Kortright Road/CR-18.

“The view of Denver-Vega Valley from the Old School Baptist Church” is Jenny Rosenzweig’s favorite view. The Old School Baptist Church is located at the intersection of CR-36 and Cartwright Road in Denver, New York.

Liz Brosi says the view of “The College Golf Course at Delhi, from any direction” can’t be beat. The golf course is located at 85 Scotch Mountain Rd., Delhi.

Julian Fleisher suggests “the view of Bovina Road Valley from CR-6 about a mile out of town before you hit the Mountain Brook Inn.” This view will be on your right if you are coming from New Kingston via New Kingston Road until you reach CR-6.

Thanks to all who contributed to this compilation of Delaware County’s most delicious views. Make your own using this secret recipe: just drive. With serendipity as your guide, turn down that unknown byway. More likely than not it leads straight to a masterpiece. The numberless breathtaking landscapes in this region amount to your own private gallery of Great Western Catskills beauty. To the wanderer go the spoils.