Catskills Outdoor Guide

Outdoor news from around the Catskills

By Lissa Harris on Thursday, May. 23, 2013 - 10:04 pm
Above: Photo by Eve Bernhard. Submitted to the 2013 Catskills Outdoor Experience Photo Contest.   Clubs and Organizations NYS Department of Environmental ConservationAlmost half of the land in the “forever wild” Catskill Park is owned by New York State.... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Thursday, May. 23, 2013 - 5:10 pm
Above: The Admiral's Dress Grey Caddis. Fly and photo by Anthony Ritter of Gone Fishing Guide Service. Fishing is a Catskills tradition. The cold, bubbling streams are the birthplace of a distinctly American style of "dry fly" fishing. Catskills anglers... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Thursday, May. 23, 2013 - 4:55 pm
“Two Boys and a Dog in East Meredith” by Cindy Dunne. Second place winner of the 2013 Catskills Great Outdoor Experience Photo Contest.   We could tell you where our favorite secret Catskills swimming holes are, but then we'd have to kill you. Odds are if... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Thursday, May. 23, 2013 - 4:08 pm
Train travel in the Catskills these days is more about recreation than transportation. Alas, only a few working segments still remain of the old Ulster and Delaware Railroad, which once traversed the Catskills from Kingston to Oneonta, ferrying coal and... Read more
By Anne Pyburn Craig on Thursday, May. 23, 2013 - 2:59 pm
Ruins of the Overlook Mountain House. Photo by Jenna Scherer. If you'd like a side order of history with your exercise, these spots offer plenty of food for thought along with the scenery. Catskill Mountain House/Escarpment Trail This rambling loop offers... Read more
By Rich Muellerleile on Thursday, May. 23, 2013 - 2:44 pm
Photo taken on Cathedral Glen trail at Belleayre by Julia Reischel. The Catskill Mountains provide myriad activities for the avid adventurer, but they can also be risky for the unwary. Two activities notorious for thrusting unsuspecting souls into... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013 - 5:07 pm
If you're going out tonight, the National Weather Service advises you to bundle up. Delaware and Sullivan Counties are under a wind chill advisory from midnight Tuesday through mid-morning Wednesday. Temperatures are expected to drop to between zero and... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 - 2:29 am
Above: The Cannonsville Reservoir looking serene, if a bit low on water, in July of 2012. Photo by Flickr user mountain_man_ny_2; published under Creative Commons license. The agency that manages New York City's water -- and its vast upstate watershed --... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 - 1:07 pm
In the country, a little snow often reveals that you have more neighbors than you think you do. John of Catskills Photography captured this shot yesterday in Monticello, before last night's snow obliterated the evidence. Readers: Any thoughts on what kind... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012 - 9:41 am
Winter has its grip on the Catskills, but nature is already laying plans for the return of life to the landscape next spring. Mark Zilberman snapped this shot of a luminous seed head against an early-winter sky in Andes recently. For a larger view, see... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Monday, Dec. 3, 2012 - 9:49 am
Two stranded hikers were rescued from Slide Mountain on Sunday after the pair spent an unplanned night outdoors. At 5:48am on Sunday, according to a New York State Police press release, troopers in Kingston received a 911 call from Ulster County about two... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012 - 11:16 am
Above: The 2012 USARA Adventure Race National Championship from the point of view of its second-place winners, Term Tecnu. Video by Aaron Johnson. Most people you find biking uphill through sleet on a rainy October weekend in the Catskills are tough. The... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012 - 4:35 pm
To the Editor: The Catskill Mountain Club (CMC) views the Catskills as a region, not as a conglomeration of disparate counties and chambers of commerce competing for their own recognition among tourists. We are trying to sponsor activities not only to the... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012 - 4:46 pm
Canoes line up at the Adventure Race National Championship on the Pepacton Reservoir yesterday morning. Photo by Carol O'Beirne.  For the past two days, the Catskills have played host to a grueling 30-hour trial of physical strength and endurance: the... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Monday, Oct. 1, 2012 - 1:51 pm
Photo of Muzzy arrows by Flickr user Justin D. Miller. Published under Creative Commons license. Early October is usually prime time for leaf-peeping in the Catskills. This year, it's time for deer-hunting too, thanks to a rule change by the state... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Saturday, Jun. 23, 2012 - 4:48 pm
Above: Taylor Allison at Plattekill. Photo by Ehrin Macksey. When she was just ten years old, Taylor Allison was already donning full-body armor to race mountain bikes down the steep, shale-strewn slopes of Plattekill Mountain. Now, at 16, the Roxbury... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Friday, Jun. 22, 2012 - 3:05 pm
Above: A sailboat glides on the surface of the Pepacton Reservoir on May 26, 2012 the opening weekend for boating on the reservoir. Photo by Tina Schvejda; posted in the Watershed Post's Flickr group pool. On Memorial Day weekend, three new Catskills... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Wednesday, Jun. 6, 2012 - 11:30 am
Above: Andes trail-lovers  -- Bob Moses and Nick Verni of the Catskill Mountain Club and Bill Feldman of Andes Works! -- get muddy on Saturday while building a section of the Andes Rail Trail. Photo contributed by Ann Roberti.  Last Saturday, June 2, was... Read more
By Aaron Bennett on Friday, May. 18, 2012 - 5:25 pm
Above: The Pepacton Reservoir in August 2011, before it opened for public recreational paddling. Photo by S58y, via the Watershed Post Flickr pool. Aaron Bennett is the consultant to the Enhanced Recreational Access Project for the upper East Branch of... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Monday, Apr. 9, 2012 - 12:41 pm
The Catskills are catnip for artists, and have been ever since Thomas Cole painted his first majestic waterfall. Filmmaker David Becker is the latest aesthete to respond to the lure of the mountains, and he's making a whole film about the subject. In his... Read more


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