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New York’s Catskill Park

Old, haunted New York mountains, thick with legend.

Contact Information:

For Sullivan and Ulster Counties:

Department of Environmental Conservation

Region 3 Headquarters

21 S. Putt Corners Rd.

New Paltz, NY 12561

(914) 256-3000

For Delaware and Greene Counties:

Department of Environmental Conservation

Region 4 Subregion Office

Jefferson Rd.

Stamford, NY 12167

(607) 652-7364


Catskill Park is in southern New York, 100 miles from New York City. If park visitors are looking for a local town, Hunter is a good bet for lodging and restaurants.

Getting There:

From the New York City area, take I-87 north to Kingston. Rt. 28 will then take you into the heart of the park. From New England, take I-90 west to I-87, and then south to the park.

Seasonal Information:

Fall is the recommended season to visit. Fall temperatures are generally in the 60s in the day and in the 30s at night.

Winter can bring extreme conditions, and spring — particularly around June — has the disadvantage of black flies.

For recorded weather information, call (518) 476-1122 for Albany; (914) 331-5555 or (914) 331-1494 for Kingston; or (914) 791-9555 for Sullivan County.


Whitetail deer, fox, coyote, and hawks call the Catskills home.


No information is available.

Plant Life:

The valley below is low, rolling land covered with hemlock and birch. Along with wildflowers, there are also spruce and maple.


There are quite a few designated campgrounds in the park.

Otherwise, camping is primitive backcountry at dispersed lean-tos in the Catskills. But it is recommended that travelers bring a tent, since there may not be any vacancies.


No information available.


Permits are necessary for groups of 10 or more, or for more than three nights’ stay. They must be obtained from the DEC forest ranger nearest to your trailhead.


  • Camping above 3,500 feet is prohibited between March 20 and December 20, except in an emergency.
  • Building an open fire above 3,500 feet is prohibited.


Be prepared for the worst in terms of weather. Winter hikers should carry snowshoes unless you know you won’t need them.

Leave No Trace:

All LNT guidelines apply.


The New York/New Jersey Trail Conference’s Catskill Forest Preserve maps are topographic maps that show existing and proposed trails as well as private-land boundaries. They are available from:

NY/NJ Trail Conference

232 Madison Ave.

New York, NY 10016

(212) 685-9699.

Guide to Catskill Trails and Hiking the Catskills, published by the NY/NJ Trail Conference, are excellent sources.

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