Catskills Outdoor Guide

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By Julia Reischel on Monday, Feb. 23, 2015 - 3:42 pm
Top: The sign for the Hi-Way Drive-In. Photo courtesy of “Enjoy Your Intermission.” Some Catskills families run farms or general stores; for Roger and Sharon Babcock, the family business is the Hi-Way Drive-In Theatre on Route 9W in the Greene County town... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015 - 12:04 pm
"All sounds are sharper in winter." That quote, attributed to famed 19th-century naturalist John Burroughs, is how arts writer Jennifer Kabat begins her hour-and-a-half-long guided audio walk through the winter landscape of the Catskills.  It's part of a... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 - 1:25 pm
Above: A map of multi-use trails at the beginning of the Elm Ridge Trail in the Elm Ridge Wild Forest in Windham in 2011. Photo by Andy Arthur, via Flickr. Mountain biking, hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are getting so popular in the Greene... Read more
By Jennifer Strom on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 - 3:13 pm
A climber ascends a pitch at Viola Ravine in Kaaterskill Clove. Photo by Marty Molitoris of Alpine Endeavors ( When winter cloaks the Catskills’ many crevices and waterfalls in ice, devotees of a slow-going but fast-growing sport... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015 - 4:30 pm
A 74-year-old Schoharie man driving an ATV backed into the path of an oncoming car on Terrace Mountain Road in the town of Schoharie on Tuesday, Feb. 3, according to a press release from the Schoharie County Sheriff's Office. The man, George K. Lawton,... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015 - 1:10 pm
Above: A video promoting the annual Ice Harvest Festival at the Hanford Mills Museum.   It's the deepest, coldest part of winter, which means that it's time to harvest ice. Ice harvesting, a lost rural tradition that once was the only way to stockpile ice... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015 - 11:20 am
Above: A sheepdog guards its flock during a Catskills snowstorm on Monday, Jan. 2. Photo by Mark Zilberman, via Flickr.  After the fakeout from last week's snowstorm-that-wasn't, a foot of snow is falling across the Catskills today, Monday, Feb. 2. Many... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 - 5:34 pm
John of Catskills Photography went to the Livingston Manor Ice Carnival on Sunday, Jan. 25 and took some great photos, which he shared with us in the Watershed Post Flickr pool. Above are figure skaters Valerie Levine (left) and Victoria Calderone (right... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 - 3:53 pm
Above: Tyler Borchet, center, searches the driftwood pile at the Jan. 23 driftwood giveaway in Olivebridge. Photo by Julia Reischel.  Driftwood is the Catskills version of the iPhone -- people line up around the block to get it. Hundreds waited in below-... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 - 1:27 pm
Above: The royal court at the 2011 Livingston Manor Rotary Ice Carnival. Photo via the Livingston Manor Rotary Ice Carnival's Facebook page. For 56 years, Livingston Manor's Rotary has thrown a huge party in the depths of January. The annual Livingston... Read more
By Laney Salisbury on Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 - 12:22 pm
Above: A bear snacks on birdseed after smashing a bird feeder at a home in Andes in 2006. Photo by Peter Possenti (using a telephoto lens.) Used with permission.  The spot Tim Meservey found at the base of a tree early one Saturday morning in September ... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 - 12:01 pm
Above: After two people fell to their deaths while hiking Kaaterskill Falls in 2014, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation installed a new fence and signage at the top and bottom of the waterfall. Photo via NY DEC.  The New York State... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014 - 2:58 pm
Above: Snowfall predictions for the Catskills, via the National Weather Service's Binghamton office.  The forecasts for a whammy of a winter storm are getting more serious: Delaware, Greene, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster counties are all under a winter... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 - 8:11 am
Above: Snow-covered Hamden in Delaware County, looking toward Franklin, shot from the air at 7:50 a.m. on Nov. 14 by Jessica Vecchione of Vecc Videography. It snowed throughout the night in the Catskills, according to Hudson Valley Weather's Facebook page... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 - 1:43 pm
Above: A paddler heads down to the shore of the Pepacton Reservoir during the 2014 boating season. Photo via the NYC DEP's Flickr page.  In the three years since the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) opened four of its upstate... Read more
By Jenna Scherer on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 - 10:21 am
David Becker released "To Be Forever Wild," a documentary film about the Catskills, in the summer of 2014. The project has been four years in the making—we interviewed Becker back in 2012 about his plans for the film, which was shot and edited... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 - 4:22 pm
Above: Greg Henderson stands next to Stratton Falls in a video shot in June 2014. Still from "The Roxbury at Stratton Falls - Dream Stage" video. Greg Henderson and Joseph Massa have purchased Roxbury's historic Stratton Falls waterfall and its adjoining... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 - 12:24 pm
Above: A zombie lurking along the race route. Photos contributed by Bobbi Ryan.  Ninety-eight runners turned up to try to outrun hordes of zombies at the New York Power Authority's Blenheim-Gilboa Visitor's Center on Saturday, Oct 25, according to Bobbi... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014 - 4:28 pm
Photos and video by Julia Reischel.  State bigwigs and local officials doused the massive new concrete spillway of the Gilboa Dam with buckets of reservoir water on Friday, Oct. 31 to celebrate the completion of the dam's $138 million rehabilitation... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 - 10:00 am
On Oct. 10, Watershed Post reader Tim Cox visited Blue Hole, a legendary swimming hole in the Ulster County hamlet of Sundown, and shared his shot in our Flickr Pool. (No word on whether he took a dip.) 


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