The 15th Annual Catskills Lark in the Park

The 15th Annual Catskills Lark in the Park is on the way! The series of events kicks off Saturday September 29th and runs through Monday October 8th. The 2018 Lark offers over 40 events ranging from hikes, boating/kayaking, mountaintop yoga and fly fishing instruction, to cycling and Catskills themed cultural events. The tradition of highlighting the outstanding outdoor recreation available in the Catskills and the history of the Catskills region continues!

The Catskills Lark in the Park was founded in 2004 to recognize and celebrate the centennial of the creation of the Catskill Park. Since its inception, the Lark has brought together thousands of people that have participated in hundreds of events, all aimed at enjoying the recreational assets of the Catskill Mountains region and Catskill Park.

The first event in Delaware County honoring the Catskills Lark in the Park will be the “Mill Brook Ridge Ramble” on September 30 from 9:30 a.m.-3:00p.m. in Margaretville, NY. Hike leader Bill Rudge brings you on a 10 mile journey through Alder Lake to Balsam Lake Mountain to enjoy stunning scenery and expansive vistas all along the way. This event is for more experienced hikers, and participants are encouraged to bring lunch, sunscreen, bug spray, something to drink, and good hiking boots and rain gear. Group size is limited to 12, so register early. You can register online at the event webpage.

Also on September 30, the “Headwaters Trail Hike” will be taking place from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and will start from the DEC Offices located in Stamford, NY. The group will walk around the lower section of Bald Mountain and climb up and old ski trail where at the top, hikers will be graced with a 270 degree view of the Catskills. Hikers are encouraged to bring plenty of water, a lunch, and a camera. Group size for this hike is also limited to 12, and online registration must be submitted no later than September 29, 2018.

“Watershed Hike with Yoga,” on the Seager Trail will be held on October 1 from 9:30a.m.-12:00p.m. in Arkville, NY led by Pamela Martin. Participants will embark on a short woodland walk abutting and sometimes crossing the babbling Dry Brook, leading to a small waterfall in a clearing where Martin will lead a brief session of yoga stretches, meditation and a discussion about the protection of waterways in our area. Visit the event webpage to learn more details and to register.

Michael Kudish and David Turan will lead the “Michael Kudish Natural History Preserve hike to Churchill Mountain,” on October 1 from 10:00a.m.-3:30 p.m. in Stamford, NY. This hike brings participants to the ledges on the west shoulder of Churchill Mountain, where you will find beautiful views, but the primary reason for this hike is to determine the origin of shrub thicket. For more information about this hike and to register, visit the event listing webpage..

The “Outdoor Sculpt” event will be held on October 2 from 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. at the Catskill Recreation Center in Arkville, NY. This event will focus on strength building. To find directions to the Catskill Recreation Center, please visit the event page for more information.

The “Meeker Hollow Mountain-North Plattekill Mountain Bushwhack,” will be held on October 3 from 8:30a.m.-3:00p.m. beginning at the trail-head in Roxbury, NY. This 5 mile hike brings participants up Meeker Hollow Mountain  to North Plattekill Mountain, where hikers will see spectacular autumn views. Both mountains are listed as one of the Catskills 100 highest peaks.  To learn more about this event, what to bring and to register, visit the event web page.

“The Hobart Community Bike Ride on the Catskill Scenic Trail” is one of the many featured cycling events for this years Lark in the Park event.  The event is scheduled for October 4 from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., and begins at the Hobart Community Center in Hobart, NY. The 5 mile bike ride allows participants to travel the path of the historic Ulster and Delaware Railroad which passes through beautiful farmland as well as the weaving waters of the West Branch of the Delaware River. This event is listed as at an “easy difficulty” level, and is perfect for all ages and experience levels. Participants must have their own bicycle and helmet. More information about this event can be found here.

Join CMC board member Howard Raab on October 5 from 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. for the exiting “Kelly Hollow Night Hike,” beginning at the Kelly Hollow trail-head in Margaretville, NY. The first half of the hike will be in daylight where hikers can appreciate the lovely forest scenery on the way to the beaver pond lean-to. After snacks and a brief interlude at the lean-to, hikers will descent in the dark using head lamps and flash-lights through a spooky spruce forest and back to the parking area! Directions, details and registration for this event can be found at the event webpage.

“Paddle the Lower East Branch of the Delaware River” will be held on October 6 from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. This beautiful canoe or kayak ride begins from Al’s Sporting Goods store in Downsville, NY  to Shinhopple, NY. Boaters will pass under a historic wood covered bridge, and travel down river through farmland and beautiful river valley scenery. Attendees can use their own kayak or canoe or rent watercraft from Al’s Sporting Goods store. You can register for this event here.

“Pepacton East Bike Tour” will be held on October 6 from 9:00 a.m.-11:00a.m. Participants will meet at the Shavertown Bridge Parking Area in Andes, NY and will bike down Back River Road (BWS Rts 8, 9, 10) along the Pepacton Reservoir to the Old Stone Schoolhouse and back. This ride is suitable for road or hybrid bikes, and helmets are required. For details about this event and to register, please visit the event webpage. 

Join participants in the “Rock Rift Fire Tower Loop Hike” on October 6 from 10:00a.m.-3:00 p.m. at the Finger Lakes Trail head at the Cannonsville Reservoir for a beautiful hike to the Rock Rift Fire tower. The hike begins with an 1,100 foot ascent to the Rock Rift Fire Tower, followed by a similar descent which eventually brings hikers along the shoreline of the reservoir. Although the fire tower is currently closed, participants will have a beautiful and immersive experience in the wilderness that surrounds the pristine waters of the Cannonsville Reservoir. For registration and hike details, please follow this link to this event.

Join artists and art enthusiast for a gallery reception for: “Inspired by the Land: Art Created by Conservation Easement Land Owners.” The reception will be held on October 6 from 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. at the Erpf Gallery-Catskill Center in Arkville, NY. The Catskill Center currently holds 17 conservation easements which totals to 2,550 acres in the Catskills. Exhibits will highlight the art, writing, photography and crafts inspired by these landscapes. Light refreshments will be served, and no preregistration is required. You can find directions and contact information for the event here.

For a full list of this year’s Catskills Lark in the Park events, visit the Catskills Lark in the Park event calendar page.