_Colgate Lake Wild Forest
East Jewett, NY
A small lake that is great for fishing, paddling, car top boat launch access, and enjoying wildlife.
_Devil’s Tombstone State Campground
Hunter, NY 12442
Devil's Tombstone is one of the oldest campgrounds in the Catskill Forest Preserve, offering mysteries of the Devil's Tombstone and a haven for primitive camping. The campground is an ideal base camp for serious hikers with trails leading to some of the highest peaks, such as Hunter with the highest historic fire tower in New York State, Indian Head and West Kill Range. Children will enjoy the playground and participating in the Junior Naturalist Program
_Escarpment Trail-Pine Orchard to Sunset Rock
_This hike starts at the site of the Catskill Mountain House which is next to North/South Lake. While on RT 23 between Tannersville and Haines Falls, follow the signs to North/South lake. Take a left when the road splits and park near the camp ground. Hiking this trail is pretty easy, but it is a little over 2.5 miles round trip. The elevation is over 200ft, and a nice trail to start off with. The views are very nice, these are the same views that brought up the high society during the 1800's and early 1900's to the famous Catskill Mountain house
Haines Falls, NY 12436
Highest cascading waterfall in New York State. Scenic marked hiking trails with views of the Hudson Valley. Access to the bottom of the falls from Route 23A. Access to the top of the falls by taking Route 23A to North Lake Road to Laurel Lane Road
_Mountain Top Arboretum
_County Road 23c
Tannersville, NY 12485
Open dawn to dusk every day with Free admission. A non-profit organization that features a loving collection of both exotic and native trees and shrubs. The 21 acre site contains botanically-identified plantings of flowering trees, evergreens, and shrubs in a beautiful natural setting surrounding the Catskill Mountains
_North South Lake
_Haines Falls, NY
Day use, camping, picnic pads, grills, picnic tables, camping pads, showers, water access, rest rooms, observation platform, and a pavilion. Also, there are accessible horse-mounting platforms at Sleepy Hollow trailhead, trail side campsite, and the Scutt Road trailhead for the nearby Kaaterskill Horse Trails
Oleh's Guide Service
PO Box 111
Lexington, NY 12452
Have a blast on our Fly Fishing Trips and Guided Hikes as we introduce groups and individuals to New York's Great Northern Catskills. We love to pass along our knowledge and teach those who are new or have never fished or hiked in the Northern Catskill Mountains. We customize trips to our guest's abilities, interest and comfort levels, always with safety as a priority. Oh, and yes, experienced outdoor enthusiasts are more than welcome.
_Overlook Mountain Fire Tower
_Woodstock, NY 12498
Fire observers once watched the forests of New York State and the Catskill Mountains from 108 towers, searching for the dangerous tell tale signs of forest fires. In the 1,102 square-mile Catskill Park, only 5 steel towers built between 1917 and 1927 remain this is one
Saenger Outdoor Sports
1317 Platte Clove Road
Elka Park, NY 12424
Guided hunting experiences in New York’s Catskill Mountain region. Turkey, deer, coyote and bear. Bows and firearms. Specializing in hard core “run and gun” for the Eastern Wild Turkey on foot or mtn. bike through rugged Catskill Mtn. terrain. Also skilled with kids and first- time hunters.
_Tannersville Bike Path
_Lake Rip Van Winkle
Tannersville, NY 12485
Running from Clum Hill Road across from Cortina Valley, down and around portions of Tannersville Lake, all the way to Bloomer Road, covering approximately 2 miles long. Walkers, hikers, and cross-country skiers welcome
_The rules for using Department of Environmental Conservation public lands in New York State for are relatively simple.
Backcountry camping is allowed on Forest Preserve lands in The Catskills as well as State Forest lands outside the Preserve. Camping is prohibited on Unique Areas, Wildlife Management Areas and a few other categories of state land. Hiking is generally permitted anywhere on State lands, however, special restrictions apply to both mountain biking and horseback riding.
Rules and guidelines for the use of public lands managed by DEC are generally as follows:
• Camping is prohibited within 150 feet of any road, trail, spring, stream, pond or other body of water except at areas designated by a "camp here" disk.
• Groups of ten or more persons OR stays of more than three days in one place require a permit from the New York State Forest Ranger responsible for the area.
• Lean-tos are available in many areas on a first come first served basis. Lean-tos cannot be used exclusively and must be shared with other campers.
• Use pit privies provided near popular camping areas and trailheads. If none are available, dispose of human waste by digging a hole 6"-8" deep at least 150 feet from water or campsites. Cover with leaves and soil.
• Do not use soap to wash yourself, clothing or dishes within 150 ft of water.
• Drinking and cooking water should be boiled for 5 minutes, treated with purifying tablets or filtered through filtration device to prevent instances of giardia infection.
• Fires should be built in existing fire pits or fireplaces if provided. Use only dead and down wood for fires. Cutting standing trees is prohibited. Extinguish all fires with water and stir ashes until they are cold to the touch. Do not build fires in areas marked by a "No Fires" disk. Camp stoves are safer, more efficient and cleaner.
• Carry out what you carry in. Practice "leave no trace" camping and hiking.
• Keep your pet under control. Restrain it on a leash when others approach. Collect and bury droppings away from water, trails and camp sites. Keep your pet away from drinking water sources.
• Observe and enjoy wildlife and plants but leave them undisturbed.
• Removing plants, rocks, fossils or artifacts from state land without a permit is illegal.
• The storage of personal property on state land is prohibited.
• Carry an approved personal flotation device (pfd) for each person aboard all watercraft.
• Except in an emergency or between December 15th and April 30th, camping is prohibited above an elevation of 4,000 feet in the Adirondacks.
• Except in an emergency or between December 21st and March 21st, camping is prohibited above an elevation of 3,500 feet in the Catskills.
• At all times, only emergency fires are permitted above 4,000 feet in the Adirondacks and 3,500 feet in the Catskills.
Camping & Hiking
• Shelter – Tent, tent stakes and tie down lines. Tent should be large enough for you and perhaps one other person, lightweight, yet durable.
• Sleeping bag – A synthetic-fill (down is useless if it gets wet) bag with a zip-off cover will provide year-long comfort.
• Sleeping mat – A lightweight inflatable sleeping mat can make all the difference in your sleep and increase your bag’s ability to keep you warm.
• Camp Shoes – Once you set up camp you’ll want to remove your hiking boots/shoes. A pair of sandals or lightweight shoes that can also serve as replacement hiking shoes in the event you have a problem with your regular hikers.
• Para cord/clothesline – Can use to hang food out of reach of wildlife
• Carabiners – Several of the small carabineers to use with the Para cord to hang your food out of reach or clip cups/cooking pot or camp shoes to your backpack.
• Shovel – a lightweight foldable shovel will ensure you can bury your body waste.
• Backpack – Should contain a water bladder compartment, abundant places to strap or hook other gear, lightweight but durable, large enough to carry your needs.
• Hiking Shoes – More serious hikers are going to hiking shoes to avoid the blisters often associated with hiking boots. Waterproof is nice, although synthetic materials will hold up better to getting wet.
• Hiking Poles – Once you hike with a hiking stick or pair of hiking poles you’ll wonder how you ever hiked before without them. Whether going downhill, uphill or crossing streams, a hiking stick can be a knee and life saver.
• Knife – A good rugged folding lock back knife that is a must.
Pepper Spray – When heading into bear country you really can’t afford not to carry a can of Counter Assault Bear Spray.
• GPS – A global positioning system when used in conjunction with a topographic map can keep you from knowing exactly where you are.
• Compass – A good compass when used with a map will help even if you don’t have a GPS.
• Compression sacks – Work similar to those vacuum seal bags in that you can put your clothes in and cinch down tight and make more room in your backpack.
• 2-way radios – If you are a hiking companion, a pair of 2-way radios will help you keep in touch.
Whistle – to signal for help if necessary
• Flashlight/Headlamp – A headlamp flashlight is an absolute must for hands-free backpacking. Whether hiking or working around camp after dark a headlamp light makes tasks so much easier.
• Batteries – If your headlamp or flashlight uses batteries, remember to take extra batteries. Even if you only plan on being gone a couple of days, accidents happen and you could find yourself in the dark without extra batteries.
• Miscellaneous – watch (waterproof), multi-tool, zip ties, sunglasses, collapsible fishing pole/gear, map (waterproof)
• First Aid Kit – A small first aid kit should be included in every backpack. Accidents do happen and even a small cut can become dangerous without proper care.
• Hand sanitizer – when you can’t wash, sanitizer will kill germs on your hands.
• Camp Towel – A small and lightweight towel will dry you off after a swim or downfall, yet dries easily.
• Dental Floss – For flossing and to use as string
• Toothbrush – a foldable toothbrush with a cover
• Toilet paper – biodegradable, remove cardboard core and flatten and carry in a zip lock bag
• Miscellaneous – lip balm, travel size: toothpaste, lotion, body wash/shampoo combo, bug repellent/bug spray, comb/brush, sunscreen
• Water Filter – A good pocket water filter is an absolute must. Make sure you also take an extra filter.
• Water Purification Tablets – Even if you have a water filter you should have a backup source of water purification.
• Water Bladders – If your backpack has a water compartment, a couple of water bladders will enable you to keep hiking by simply switching the drinking hose between bladders when one runs dry.
• Water bottle – A wide-mouthed water bottle with a filter that can clip to your backpack is a real necessity
Water – Start the trip with the water bladders and water bottle filled.
• Fork/spoon combo – Metal or heat-resistant plastic tinsels
• Food – Mountain House has a number of lightweight and nutritious meals.
• Snacks/Beverages – Nutrition bars, hard candy and packets of instant beverage powder.
• Fire Starter/Matches – Waterproof matches or a flint and steel fire starter will ensure you can have a campfire or light your camp stove.
• Backpacking stove – A lightweight, multi-fuel canister stove to cooking.
• Stove Shield – A heat/flame resistant wind guard that protects the stove from the wind will help food cook faster and preserve fuel.
• Pan/Bowl – a lightweight metal bowl/pan combo with a lid will let you cook and eat out of the same container will be a real space saver.
• Biodegradable Soap – Enables you to wash dishes away without harming the environment. Note: Never wash your dishes in the river or stream or in your camp.
• Miscellaneous – small plastic pot scrubber
• Rain Jacket – A lightweight shell to repel the rain and serve as a windbreaker, with underarm vents is the perfect addition to your warm fleece jacket.
• Backpacking Rain Poncho – You’ll need one large enough to protect you and your pack in the event you are hiking thru the rain; keeps you and your gear dry.
• Fleece Tops – A couple of zippered tops that with layering under the rain jacket will keep you warm and dry.
• Hiking pants – A pair of hiking pants convertible to shorts with zip-off legs made of quick drying material is absolutely mandatory. Denim jeans are the WORST possible pants for hiking!
• Wicking shirts – Get rid of the cotton T’s, these synthetic material will retain your body heat even if they’ve gotten wet, and they’ll dry faster than a cotton shirt even could.
• Cap/Hat – A simple knit watch cap will reduce the considerable heat loss that happens thru your head.
• Gloves – Even if the weather isn’t cold a pair of light gloves will protect your hands. If you’re expecting cold weather, make sure you have a pair of waterproof gloves.
• Warm up pants – Wear at night to keep warm
• Miscellaneous – Gortex sock liners, belt (non-leather is best), swimsuit, brimmed hat, extra underwear, extra synthetic or wool socks, handkerchief or bandana
• Miscellaneous Equipment Used for Hiking & Camping -Small sewing kit, Zip lock bags, Duct Tape, Safety Pins, Money, Itinerary (left with someone), Ground sheet/tarp, Trash bags/ties