This weekend: National Trails Day hikes and lectures

Above: The view west from Split Rock, a hike on the Finger Lakes Trail. Photo by Lisa M. Lyons.

Outdoors groups around the Catskills are hosting hikes, walks and lectures to celebrate National Trails Day on Saturday, June 6.

In the Greene County village of Tannersville, the Mountain Top Historical Society is hosting a day of hiking, lunch, and history at the historic Deer Mountain Inn. A hike along the inn's trails begins at 9 a.m., followed by a gourmet bag lunch and a lecture about the19th-century naturalist John Burroughs by Paul Misko and Burroughs' granddaughter, Joan. A "Burroughs Trivia Quiz" is planned. Reservations are required. Call 518-589-6657 or email

In the Ulster County town of Woodstock, the Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program is hosting a stream walk from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. along the Little Beaver Kill. Bobby Taylor of the Ulster County Soil & Water Conservation District will discuss stream science and streamside flora and fauna. Meet at the southeast entrance of Kenneth Wilson Campground on Cold Brook Road in Woodstock. Pre-registration is required: contact Jennifer Bowman at or call 845-688-3047 ext. 8.

In the Sullivan County hamlet of Livingston Manor, Rick Roberts of the Catskill Mountain Club will lecture about the Finger Lakes Trail at Morgan Outdoors on Main Street at 1 p.m. and then lead a 2.5-mile hike to Split Rock along the trail at 2:30 p.m. Registration is required; call 845-439-5507 to sign up.