Spring Hiking

There is nothing quite like spending a spring day outside in the Great Western Catskills. The air is fresh, the leaves have yet to arrive, and tall grasses are matted down from the winter snow. These spring conditions expose exceptional views that are not visible once everything is in bloom. 

Below are a few favorite hikes to get you in the wild with views that take your breath away. There is a variety of terrain shared below, ranging from easy to difficult. For even more options, visit the hiking page on GreatWesternCatskills.com.

Photo from Palmer Hill Trail

Palmer Hill Trail 
Andes, NY
Located on Finkle Road, off State Route 28
Hike Length: 1.6 miles or 2.1 with a total of 3.1 miles of trail

Palmer Hill Trail is on an old farmstead that offers two looping trails. These gentle trails are well-maintained offering exceptional views of the valley that the entire family can enjoy. 

Bear Spring Mountain Wildlife Management Area
Colchester and Walton, NY
Located on Trout Brook Road and West Trout Brook Road with access points and parking lots on both sides of the road.
Hike length: There are many trails in this park. Follow this link for details on each. 

Bear Spring Mountain consists of 7,000 acres of land with 11 miles of hiking trails accessible year-round. The park encompasses a vast multi-use trail system that can be used for day hikers of every fitness and experience level. The trails vary from easy and gentle with breathtaking vistas to those that are more strenuous with steeper grades and more challenging terrain.

Shavertown Trail
Andes, NY
Located on NYC 4 Road, 0.1 miles from the Shavertown Bridge Parking Lot
Hike Length: 3.3 combined miles, multiple trails with an option for a shorter or longer hike.

The combined length of the Shavertown Trail is now 3.3 miles. It leads to two great views of the surrounding mountains and the Pepacton Reservoir. The trail begins 0.1 mile up the road from the Shavertown Bridge parking area and climbs moderately for 0.3 miles before becoming an easy-moderate hike on a woods road to the pond and then through mixed forest.

Bramley Mountain Trail
Delhi and Bovina, NY
Located on Glen Burnie Road, Delhi, NY
Hike Length: 3.9 mile loop.

Bramley Mountain Trail makes a complete loop and reaches an elevation of 2,817 feet at the summit. There are numerous views at the top with the woods trail passing an abandoned bluestone quarry, impressive rock outcroppings and cliffs. This is a beloved trail, one worth visiting in the summer and fall.

View from the Bramley Mountain Trail. Photo by Daryl Kovalich.