Catskills Outdoor Guide

Outdoor news from around the Catskills

By Lissa Harris on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 - 3:41 pm
It's a little late for a Valentine, but it looks like Belleayre Ski Center will be getting some love from New York State after all this year. In a press release Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced $8 million in funding for upgrades at the ski center in... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 - 3:08 pm
An Orange County man suffered a fatal fall while skiing on an expert trail at Hunter Mountain on Wednesday, according to a statement from state police.  58-year-old Edwin Wood was skiing on the Annapurna Trail, an expert-rated double black diamond trail,... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017 - 7:35 pm
Two hikers were injured in unrelated falls on Greene County trails over the weekend: one on Kaaterskill Falls, and another in Platte Clove.  Both hikers suffered head injuries, according to a New York State Department of Conservation press release. At... Read more
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By Jessica Porter on Monday, Nov. 7, 2016 - 7:13 pm
Tannersville recently welcomed a new outdoors store, Hunter Mountain Outfitters. The shop celebrated its grand opening on Memorial Day weekend, and is gearing up for its first winter season. But it’s the indoor rock wall that makes the store unique in the... Read more
Drought-stricken Esopus Creek
By Lissa Harris on Friday, Nov. 4, 2016 - 3:22 pm
New York State environmental officials have issued an emergency ban on fishing in the upper Esopus Creek, citing prolonged drought that has left water levels in the creek alarmingly low.  Fishing is prohibited in an 11.9-mile stretch of the creek, from... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Monday, Oct. 3, 2016 - 11:49 am
Gabriel Espinosa took this shot of a hot air balloon rising into the sky at the first annual Jeffersonville Festival of Balloons, which was held in the Sullivan County village on Saturday, Oct. 1 and Sunday, Oct. 2. The festival hosted about six hot air... Read more
 The view down a portion of the new 200-step stone staircase that leads up the side of Kaaterskill Falls
By Julia Reischel on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016 - 12:02 pm
Every October, right as the leaves begin to turn on the high peaks of the Catskills, outdoorsfolks of all stripes collaborate on a week-long celebration of the Catskill Park called the Lark in the Park. The Lark, which began on Saturday, Oct. 1 and runs... Read more
Vroman's Nose
By Timothy Knight on Tuesday, Sep. 13, 2016 - 2:54 pm
Twice this year, hikers have tumbled off the cliffs of Vroman's Nose, a mountain that looms over the Schoharie Valley and is a popular hiking destination for locals and tourists.  Now, a local fire chief is calling for changes to be made at the attraction... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Monday, Aug. 29, 2016 - 7:45 am
An 18-year-old man from Brooklyn drowned while swimming across the Delaware River on Saturday, Aug. 27, according to the New York State Police and the Times Herald-Record. Jonathan Hernandez, who was visiting the Sullivan County hamlet of Barryville, was... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016 - 12:10 am
Widespread confusion and and eerie coincidence surround the death of a 56-year-old Westfield, New Jersey woman who fell off a cliff alongside Kaaterskill Creek in the Greene County Catskills on Friday, Aug. 19. The woman, Marcy K. Yates, was hiking on... Read more
By Alan Via on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016 - 6:11 pm
Few hikers think about the Catskills’ four ski areas during warm weather, but these lightly-used mountains have some great foot trails for summertime adventurers. Windham Mountain in Greene County, Belleayre Mountain Ski Center in Ulster County and... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 - 10:08 pm
Above: A clown and a float at Andes Community Day in 2007. Photo via the Andes Community Days Facebook page. In past years, the main event of Andes Community Day was the parade, featuring the members of the local fire department and other town worthies,... Read more
By Timothy Knight on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016 - 8:19 am
Photo by Breigh Hammarlund, via Flickr.  In an attempt to make hunting more appealing to young girls, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a new law into effect on July 21 that okays the use of florescent pink camouflage as an alternative to the traditional... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Thursday, Jul. 28, 2016 - 9:38 am
Above: Kaaterskill Falls. Photo by Andy Arthur via Flickr.  Despite extensive safety improvements at Kaaterskill Falls, another person has died after falling off the famous waterfall while hiking. A 17-year-old New Jersey man died on Wednesday morning,... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Monday, Jul. 25, 2016 - 10:12 pm
Above: Photos from the Bramley Mountain Trail via the NYC DEP's Flickr page. A long-awaited new hiking trail will open in the Delaware County towns of Delhi and Bovina on Friday, July 29. The four-mile Bramley Mountain Trail is multi-part loop that leads... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Thursday, Jul. 21, 2016 - 3:17 pm
Above: Environmental Conservation Officer Myles Schillinger and Nuisance Wildlife Agent Roy Lane removing a three-foot Eastern Timber rattlesnake from a Mount Tremper home on July 1. Photo via the NYS DEC. An environmental conservation officer and a snake... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Saturday, Jul. 16, 2016 - 9:55 am
Above: The Esopus Creek. Photo by Flickr user ScubaBear68. A 78-year-old retired doctor from New Jersey had a heart attack and died while fishing the Esopus Creek near the hamlet of Phoenicia on Thursday, July 14, according to a press release from the... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Wednesday, Jul. 13, 2016 - 11:33 am
Above: A dumpster full of trash at the Peekamoose Blue Hole trailhead in Denning on July 7. Photo by Joe Ferrara.  Volunteers are invited to help clean up trash and litter this Sunday, July 17 at Peekamoose Blue Hole, a popular swimming hole in the Ulster... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Tuesday, Jul. 12, 2016 - 7:24 pm
Above: County Road 42 in Ulster County, near Moon Haw Rd. in the town of Olive where a hiker was lost on Monday, July 11. Photo by Doug Kerr, via Flickr. New York State Forest Rangers and local first responders spent Monday, July 11 searching for a hiker... Read more
By Timothy Knight on Wednesday, Jul. 6, 2016 - 12:46 pm
Above: Members of the Middleburgh Fire Department's water rescue team move Mike Silocott, a 60-year-old Troy man, across the Schoharie Creek after he fell 15 feet off of a cliff into the water on Sunday, July 3. The photo was originally posted on the... Read more


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