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393 mi 633 km of trail 13 Hikes

Gems 2 Gems Easy Trails 46 Trails Intermediate Trails 73 Trails Hard Trails 44 Trails
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gem Favorite Katterskill falls

Kaaterskill Falls

(1) Palenville, NY
gem Favorite View from the Escarpment Trail

Inspiration Point

(3) Palenville, NY

Hikes in Catskill Forest Preserve - 12

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Favorite Sunset on Twin Peak
Difficult

The Devil's Path

23.1 mi 37.2 km • Point to Point • 8,104 ft Ascent 2470.13 m Ascent

(18) Manorville, NY
Favorite Black Dome Viewpoint makes for great photo opportunities.
Difficult

Catskills Black Dome and Blackhead Loop

6.2 mi 9.9 km • Loop • 2,245 ft Ascent 684.37 m Ascent

(9) Cairo, NY
Favorite Every so often, you'll get a peek through the forest to the snow-capped mountains beyond.
Very Difficult

Friday Mountain

7.0 mi 11.3 km • Loop • 2,805 ft Ascent 854.82 m Ascent

(3) Shokan, NY
Favorite Another glimpse from Huckleberry Point.
Intermediate

Huckleberry Point

4.8 mi 7.7 km • Out and Back • 973 ft Ascent 296.52 m Ascent

(3) Palenville, NY
Favorite Enjoy the Hunter Mountain Trail in wintertime to experience the majesty only a thick blanketing of snow can create.
Intermediate/Difficult

Hunter Mountain Loop

8.2 mi 13.2 km • Loop • 1,964 ft Ascent 598.65 m Ascent

(9) Palenville, NY
Favorite Snowy summit on Balsam Mountain.
Difficult

Balsam Mountain

5.0 mi 8.1 km • Loop • 1,719 ft Ascent 524.09 m Ascent

(3) Shokan, NY
Favorite Slide Mountain takes on a new character in the winter.
Intermediate

West Approach of Slide Mountain

5.5 mi 8.8 km • Out and Back • 1,712 ft Ascent 521.88 m Ascent

(9) Shokan, NY
Favorite Frozen Hillyer Waterfall. The trail is at the top, so you have to get off the trail to see it.
Difficult

Kaaterskill High Peak

14.3 mi 23.1 km • Out and Back • 4,079 ft Ascent 1243.19 m Ascent

(2) Palenville, NY
Favorite Finally getting close to the shelter
Intermediate

Spruceton Trail Shelter Out-and-Back

4.4 mi 7.1 km • Out and Back • 1,260 ft Ascent 383.96 m Ascent

(1) Palenville, NY
Favorite Katterskill falls
Intermediate

Easy Escarpment Trail Loop

3.9 mi 6.3 km • Loop • 519 ft Ascent 158.13 m Ascent

(6) Palenville, NY
Favorite Canister on the top of Fir Mountain.
Difficult

Fir and Big Indian Mountain

10.2 mi 16.3 km • Loop • 2,166 ft Ascent 660.12 m Ascent

(2) Shokan, NY
Favorite We love the beautiful view from Giant Ledger.
Intermediate/Difficult

Giant Ledge and Panther Mountain Out and Back

6.9 mi 11.1 km • Out and Back • 1,918 ft Ascent 584.68 m Ascent

(2) Shokan, NY

Trails in Catskill Forest Preserve - 150

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8.6 mi 13.8 km #1Burroughs Range Trail (Wittenburg Cornell Slide Trail)
Difficult
Shokan, NY
Difficult
8.6 mi 13.8 km Shokan, NY 15 
8.3 mi 13.4 km #2Giant Ledge-Panther-Fox Hollow Trail
Difficult
Shokan, NY
Difficult
8.3 mi 13.4 km Shokan, NY 11 
1.1 mi 1.8 km #3Kaaterskill Falls Trail
Intermediate
Palenville, NY
Intermediate
1.1 mi 1.8 km Palenville, NY 16 
1.4 mi 2.3 km #4Pecoy Notch Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Manorville, NY
Intermediate/Difficult
1.4 mi 2.3 km Manorville, NY
0.4 mi 0.7 km #5Kaaterskill High Peak Summit Path - South
Difficult
Palenville, NY
Difficult
0.4 mi 0.7 km Palenville, NY
3.2 mi 5.1 km #6Kelly Hollow Long Loop Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Livingston Manor, NY
Intermediate/Difficult
3.2 mi 5.1 km Livingston Manor, NY
0.5 mi 0.8 km #7Kaaterskill High Peak Summit Path - North
Difficult
Palenville, NY
Difficult
0.5 mi 0.8 km Palenville, NY
3.0 mi 4.8 km #8Seager Big Indian Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Shokan, NY
Intermediate/Difficult
3.0 mi 4.8 km Shokan, NY
0.4 mi 0.7 km #9Kelly Hollow Short Loop Trail Connector
Easy
Livingston Manor, NY
Easy
0.4 mi 0.7 km Livingston Manor, NY
1.7 mi 2.8 km #10Vernooy Kill Falls Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Brownville, NY
Easy/Intermediate
1.7 mi 2.8 km Brownville, NY
2.3 mi 3.7 km #11Overlook Mountain Trail
Intermediate
Woodstock, NY
Intermediate
2.3 mi 3.7 km Woodstock, NY 11 
22.0 mi 35.4 km #12Escarpment Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Cairo, NY
Intermediate/Difficult
22.0 mi 35.4 km Cairo, NY
3.4 mi 5.4 km #13Phoenicia East Branch Trail (Yellow)
Intermediate/Difficult
Shokan, NY
Intermediate/Difficult
3.4 mi 5.4 km Shokan, NY
5.3 mi 8.5 km #14Overlook Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Palenville, NY
Intermediate/Difficult
5.3 mi 8.5 km Palenville, NY
3.4 mi 5.4 km #15Spruceton Trail
Intermediate
Palenville, NY
Intermediate
3.4 mi 5.4 km Palenville, NY
13.5 mi 21.7 km #16Pine Hill - West Branch Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Shokan, NY
Intermediate/Difficult
13.5 mi 21.7 km Shokan, NY
6.0 mi 9.6 km #17Black Dome Mountain Trail
Difficult
Cairo, NY
Difficult
6.0 mi 9.6 km Cairo, NY
6.9 mi 11.1 km #18Peekamoose Table Trail
Intermediate
Brownville, NY
Intermediate
6.9 mi 11.1 km Brownville, NY
11.1 mi 17.9 km #19Phoenicia East Branch Trail (Blue)
Difficult
Shokan, NY
Difficult
11.1 mi 17.9 km Shokan, NY
6.2 mi 10.0 km #20Ashokan High Point Trail
Intermediate
Shokan, NY
Intermediate
6.2 mi 10.0 km Shokan, NY

Photos of Catskill Forest Preserve - 245

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Katterskill falls
Jul 14, 2019 near Palenville, NY
Kaaterskill Waterfall takes on an entirely new character in wintertime.
Mar 1, 2017 near Palenville, NY
Katterskill falls
Jul 14, 2019 near Palenville, NY
Katterskill falls
Jul 14, 2019 near Palenville, NY
Sunset on Twin Peak
Apr 18, 2019 near Woodstock, NY
We love the beautiful view from Giant Ledger.
Jun 25, 2017 near Shokan, NY
The fire tower was covered in plenty of ice amidst the throes of winter.
Apr 2, 2017 near Woodstock, NY
Black Dome Viewpoint makes for great photo opportunities.
Jan 27, 2017 near Cairo, NY