Catskills Outdoor Guide

Outdoor news from around the Catskills

By Julia Reischel on Tuesday, Sep. 27, 2011 - 9:07 pm
This weekend marks the start of Lark in the Park, a ten-day outdoor extravaganza of hiking and outdoors events throughout the Catskills region. In honor of the event, we are running this dispatch from Paul Misko, an avid member of the Catskill Mountain... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Thursday, Mar. 3, 2011 - 11:29 am
Want to nurse injured deer back to health, or hunt squirrels with a trained raptor? The New York Department of Environmental Conservation is holding its exams for both falconry apprentices and wildlife rehabilitators on April 22. To take the exams, you... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Tuesday, Mar. 1, 2011 - 3:45 pm
Can you spot the bald eagle in the above photo? Flickr user Ted Kerwin took the picture in the Roundout Reservoir in 2003. I Love New York wrote a blog post last week to remind likely Manhattan day-trippers that March is prime bald-eagle-watching season,... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Friday, Feb. 25, 2011 - 4:58 pm
The New York Department of Environmental Conservation and the Attorney General have struck a blow for paddlers and canoeists with a legal filing in a case that pits Adirondack landowners against the editor of the Adirondack Explorer, according to the... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011 - 1:02 pm
Photo of snow on a Stamford hillside by Flickr user McGahee. Posted in the Watershed Post Flickr pool. Michael Frank, writing for the online-only Adventure Magazine this week, has a special Valentine's message for the Catskills: he's sorry he ever thought... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010 - 12:43 pm
Phil Brown, who pens the Adirondack Dispatches blog for the Times Union, had a great post on Monday about two accomplished "ski mountaineers," Mike Whelan and Ron Konowitz, who have teamed up to make a mini-documentary about skiing down Slide Mountain:... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010 - 1:57 pm
Tonight at 7pm in the town hall on Rte. 28, anyone interested in the Delaware County town of Middletown will have a chance to weigh in on its 112-page draft comprehensive plan. The plan attempts to outline how Middletown, which contains the villages of... Read more
By Aaron Bennett on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010 - 12:46 pm
In honor of Lark in the Park, this week's festival of outdoors activities in the Catskills, I'd like to issue a call to arms: If the Catskills are ever going to become an outdoor recreational mecca, we have a lot of work to do. We need to tear down the... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Wednesday, Jul. 21, 2010 - 6:07 pm
Flickr user mountaintrekker2001 came across this handsome eastern newt (Notophthalmus viridescens) on a recent hike in the Mohonk Preserve. Within a few years, if it's lucky enough to survive, this bright juvenile -- called a "red eft" -- will find a nice... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Friday, Jun. 18, 2010 - 1:39 pm
Photo of an American Mountain Man from the Adirondack Museum. This weekend, the Schoharie Creek Dam will ring with musket blasts and the thwunk of tomahawks, as the American Mountain Men pitch their tents at the Blenheim-Gilboa Visitor's Center to give... Read more
By WP Newsroom on Wednesday, Jun. 2, 2010 - 10:48 am
The Liberty Indy bemoans the mighty ruts left behind by local dirt warriors: For over 4-years we worked hard, hundreds of volunteer hours, thousands of dollars, endless campaigning, all to get this trail opened - and in 30 seconds it all gets thrown out... Read more
By WP Newsroom on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010 - 11:56 am
Adventures in the Outdoors reports from a cross-country ski trip from South Lake to Boulder Rock, with photos. The trip out to Boulder Rock from South Lake is probably the 'classic' backcountry cross-country ski trip in the Catskill Mountains. It is not... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010 - 6:39 pm
One word: Whee. For those unfamiliar with Zipline, take warning, it is not for the faint of heart. It consists of two raised platforms connected by a long cable from which hang harnesses that people strap themselves into. Then they fling themselves off... Read more


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