There are many areas of the country that are rich with hiking spots, but none that can compare to the Catskills Mountains which are located in upstate New York. Don’t be deceived by the term upstate, as most New Yorkers refer to everything in the state above New York City as being “upstate”. Upstate New York has many natural wonders, including Niagara Falls, the Finger Lakes, and the Adirondack Mountains, but the Catskills is a special area that is renowned for its hiking trails. With so many Catskill trails to choose from, it can be difficult to know which route to take. For the uninitiated, check out our list of Catskill trails to see which one is right for you!
Kaaterskill Falls- Located in the Kaaterskill Wild Forest which lies just west of Highway 87 near the town of Catskill, Kaaterskill Falls is a gorgeous waterfall that is surrounded by rolling hills. The best time of year to visit this waterfall is during autumn, when the leaves are changing colors on the hills that surround Kaaterskill Falls. The difficulty of the Kaaterskill Falls trek is low, as the paths have already been blazed and the distance is just under 3 miles. The ease of access makes this trek more crowded many others, but the beauty of Kaaterskill Falls makes the journey well worth it.
Breakneck Ridge- If it’s a more challenging hike that you’re looking for, then Breakneck Ridge is right up your alley. This trek measures just under 9 miles long, and requires visitors to ascend a trail that brings you to a scenic overlook that is definitely photo worthy. To say the view from the overlook is beautiful is an understatement, as you look out from high above the mighty Hudson River to the surrounding mountain peaks. The trail head is easily accessible from Breakneck Road which runs along the Hudson River, so be sure to check out this trail and enjoy its majestic panoramic views. Despite its difficulty, this trail also brings quite a few visitors each year, so pack your patience and enjoy the ascent to the top. Like the previously mentioned trail, Breakneck Ridge is best visited during the changing of the colors in the fall.