Below are links that give full descriptions about some of the 'wilderness' and 'wild forest' lands that contain some of the best hiking and biking trails in the Catskill Park. Both text descriptions and maps will open in a new browser window. Maps may becomed 'scaled' in the new browser window - be sure to click on the image to enlarge it to 100%.
We do not recommend using these maps for hiking/directional purposes. Hiking maps are available at most local bookstores and online. To obtain copies of these free map, contact the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation at 845.256.3000 (Region 3) or 607.652.7365 (Region 4).
Region 3 - the Southern and Eastern Catskill Mountain Region
Region 4 - the Northern and Western Catskill Mountain Region
If you need hiking/camping supplies, trail maps, or other accessories, visit one of the many local outfitting shops.
Canoeing, Kayaking, and Tubing
Water is everywhere in the Catskill Mountains. More annual precipitation falls on the Catskills than any other place in the northeast! Canoeing and kayaking are very popular on the Esopus Creek, the East and West Branches of the Delaware River. Numerous lakes and ponds where NYSDEC campgrounds and sites exist (Alder, Colgate, Onteora, and North Lakes, in addition to Big, Little, Mongaup, and Mud Ponds). These lakes and ponds offer less challenging opportunities.
Mountain biking has become very popular throughout the country, and here in the Catskill Mountains it is no different. Cyclists can choose to ride the very challenging terrain of the hiking trails, or you can opt for any of the local ski centers that offer downhill riding opportunities during the spring, summer, and fall months.
The Catskill Region is known for its great downhill skiing. With three ski areas inside the Catskill Park (Belleayre Mountain, Hunter Mountain, and Ski Windham), and two more (Bobcat Ski Center, and Ski Plattekill) just outside the boundary, you are never too far away from great skiing.
The Catskill Mountains are known as "the birthplace of American fly-fising" as many of the region's world-famous streams as still some of the most popular in the country. These world-class fisheries include the Esopus Creek, the Willowemoc Creek, the Schoharie Creek, and the Beaverkill. In addition, the East and West Branches of both the Neversink and Delaware Rivers provide some of the best fishing and stream access in the region. Aside from fly-fishing, six huge water supply reservoirs provide opportunities for canoe and rowboat fishing, not to mention the many state-owned ponds and lakes. Ice fishing is also very popular on Onteora Lake, and Big Pond.