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Gems in Catskill Forest Preserve - 2

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gem Favorite Kaaterskill Waterfall takes on an entirely new character in wintertime.

Kaaterskill Falls

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

Inspiration Point

(4) Palenville, NY

Recommended Routes in Catskill Forest Preserve - 14

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Favorite Sunset on Twin Peak
Difficult

The Devil's Path

23.1 mi 37.2 km 8,104' Up 2470.13 m Up 8,373' Down 2552.14 m Down

Manorville, NY
Favorite Black Dome stands in the distance from the Blackhead West Viewpoint.
Difficult

Catskills Black Dome and Blackhead Loop

6.2 mi 9.9 km 2,245' Up 684.37 m Up 2,247' Down 684.75 m Down

Cairo, NY
Favorite Sunset on Twin Peak
Very Difficult

Manitou's Revenge Ultramarathon

54.4 mi 87.5 km 14,548' Up 4434.32 m Up 15,616' Down 4759.78 m Down

Cairo, NY
Favorite Another glimpse from Huckleberry Point.
Intermediate

Huckleberry Point

4.8 mi 7.7 km 973' Up 296.52 m Up 971' Down 296.07 m Down

Palenville, 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 2,805' Up 854.82 m Up 2,807' Down 855.43 m Down

Shokan, 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 1,964' Up 598.65 m Up 1,973' Down 601.23 m Down

Palenville, NY
Favorite Snowy summit on Balsam Mountain.
Intermediate/Difficult

Balsam Mountain

5.0 mi 8.1 km 1,719' Up 524.09 m Up 1,717' Down 523.43 m Down

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 1,712' Up 521.88 m Up 1,712' Down 521.76 m Down

Shokan, NY
Favorite autumn view from one of the ledges
Intermediate/Difficult

Giant Ledge and Panther Mountain Out and Back

6.9 mi 11.1 km 1,918' Up 584.68 m Up 1,933' Down 589.16 m Down

Shokan, NY

Catskill Forest Preserve Running

  • 662 Miles 1,066 Kilometers of Trail
  • 14 Recommended Routes
  • 2 Gems Gems
  • 50 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 89 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 39 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Catskill Forest Preserve - 164

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8.6 mi 13.8 km #1Burroughs Range Trail (Wittenburg Cornell Slide Trail)
Difficult
Shokan, NY
Difficult
Shokan, NY 18 
2.3 mi 3.7 km #2Overlook Mountain Trail
Intermediate
Woodstock, NY
Intermediate
Woodstock, NY 17 
8.3 mi 13.4 km #3Giant Ledge-Panther-Fox Hollow Trail
Difficult
Shokan, NY
Difficult
Shokan, NY 11 
1.1 mi 1.8 km #4Kaaterskill Falls Trail
Intermediate
Palenville, NY
Intermediate
Palenville, NY 17 
5.6 mi 9.0 km #5Neversink Hardenburgh Trail
Intermediate
Livingston Manor, NY
Intermediate
Livingston Manor, NY
21.5 mi 34.7 km #6Escarpment Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Palenville, NY
Intermediate/Difficult
Palenville, NY
3.0 mi 4.8 km #7Seager Big Indian Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Shokan, NY
Intermediate/Difficult
Shokan, NY
0.4 mi 0.7 km #8Kaaterskill High Peak Summit Path - South
Difficult
Palenville, NY
Difficult
Palenville, NY
3.2 mi 5.1 km #9Kelly Hollow Long Loop Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Livingston Manor, NY
Intermediate/Difficult
Livingston Manor, NY
0.5 mi 0.8 km #10Kaaterskill High Peak Summit Path - North
Difficult
Palenville, NY
Difficult
Palenville, NY

Photos of Catskill Forest Preserve - 258

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Kaaterskill Waterfall takes on an entirely new character in wintertime.
Mar 1, 2017 near Palenville, NY
Ashokan Rail Trail
Oct 24, 2020 near West Hu…, NY
Sunset on Twin Peak
Apr 18, 2019 near Woodstock, NY
The fire tower was covered in plenty of ice amidst the throes of winter.
Apr 2, 2017 near Woodstock, NY
autumn view from one of the ledges
Oct 2, 2019 near Shokan, NY
Woodstock
Apr 11, 2019 near Woodstock, NY
View from the fire tower on Overlook Mtn
Jan 17, 2018 near Woodstock, NY
Every so often, you'll get a peek through the forest to the snow-capped mountains beyond.
Feb 12, 2017 near Shokan, NY