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Outdoor Recreation / Biking

The Great Western Catskills has long been an outdoor sports and adventure destination! With our lush valleys, crystal-clear waters and dramatic high peaks, Delaware County offers visitors amazing views with equally incredible experiences. Whether you’re seeking the challenge of downhill skiing, snowboarding and tubing; the tranquility of a leisurely walk through fields and forests or a steep trek; hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, extreme mountain biking, or miles of country roads for the biking enthusiast; the Great Western Catskills provides visitors with places to experience all of the great outdoors during any season! Enjoy the wildlife and fall in love with the breathtaking views.

  • Bear Spring Mountain State Park

    Bear Spring covers over 7100 acres and is the only state park in New York intended specifically for horseback riding. Riding enthusiasts enjoy 24 miles of trails. Also available are 24 horse tie stalls and a trailer parking stateion. The park trails are also suited for mountain biking, hiking, snowmobiling and cross country skiing. Most of Bear Spring Mountain is a Wildlife Management Area. This area includes all the horse trails and hiking trails. Some of these trails are marked for snowmobile use. Cross country users can use any trail. The lower campground at Spruce Grove is kept open for the Big Game Hunting Season on a first come, first serve basis. Campers can use this area beginning the day before archery season until the end of the late muzzle loading season. Bear Spring Mountain also offers primitive camping and Launt Pond in all its beauty. The campgrounds beach, boat rental, and multi-use trail system offers fun for all ages.

    512 East Trout Brook Road,
    Downsville 13755
    Phone: (607) 865-6989
  • Headwaters Trails

    Hiking, mountain biking, snowmobiling with access from various points in and just outside Stamford. There are approximately thirty miles of trails that are open to the public due to the generous cooperation of several landowners. The trails offer a variety of experiences for all levels of physical activity. Combined with the Catskill Scenic Trail, which is nearby and is 26-1/2 miles of hard-packed surface lying on top of the former rail bed of the Delaware & Ulster Railroad, the trails offer some of the most beautiful scenery in the state. This is a cooperative public and private trail system so please be respectful to the land and others on the trail.

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    Paddle and Pedal Outdoors

    Enjoy outdoor adventure by paddle and pedal throughout the rivers, reservoirs and valleys of the pristine Upper Delaware River and the
    Great Western Catskills of Delaware County, NY.

    159 East Front Street
    Hancock 13783
    Jim Costolnick
    Phone: 607-637-3296
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    Plattekill Mountain


    BIKING:  Plattekill is best known as Plattekill “Bike Park” May thru October with over 60 miles of biking-specific trails to choose from for all abilities. Plattekill also offers a full line of mountain bike rentals and gear for all sizes. New to biking? Plattekill has beginner packages for both 2-hour and full-day options with everything you’ll need including rental, gear, ticket and a full guided tour. All trails are serviced with lift accessed. Chairlift operates weekends 10am-5pm and is also open for scenic chairlift rides.

    SKIING: Discover big mountain terrain and friendly, family-oriented small mountain charm at Plattekill Mountain. With 38 trails to choose from, 4 lifts and 1,100 feet of vertical, Plattekill has it all. Choose from "Powder Puff" a gentle 2-mile beginner cruiser to some of the steepest of double-black diamonds around on their “Blockbuster” trail. Plattekill also offers snowtubing and snowshoeing as well as guided snowshoe tours by reservation. Rentals, Snowsports School, Cafeteria and Lounge all onsite.

    469 Plattekill Mountain Road
    Roxbury 12474
    Phone: 607-326-3500
  • Roxbury General

    Roxbury General is a modern general store on Roxbury’s Main Steet offering a variety of beautiful and useful goods, much locally sourced. Examples include seasonal clothing, local crafts, home goods, hardware, pantry items, toys, jewelry, stationery, handbags, art, books, and novelties, and small practical items.

    Roxbury General also offers a fine stable of 24-speed Schwinns to carry you effortlessly through the Catskills countryside. Rental are full-and half-day, with helmet, and just 1.4 miles from he Catskills Scenic Trail and other great local rides!

    Open 7 days a week!

    53538 State Highway 30
    Roxbury 12474
    Doug McLaurine
    Phone: 607-326-6118