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.
The Andes Rail Trail is an easily accessible hiking trail in an idyllic setting, suitable for individuals and families of all ages. The trail starts at the beautiful pergola and gate, at 266 Depot Stree. Pass the historic Depot Building, erected in 1907. The first section of the trail continues for one very flat mile (2 miles round trip) along the old rail bed, and provides a peaceful experience of field and woodland beauty and wonderful mountain views.
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.
The Catskill Park is nationally unique because it is a checkerboard of public and private land; a grand experiment in how nature, even wilderness, and human society can coexist in a landscape. Hiking opportunities abound in the Catskill Park. There are approximately 300 miles of marked, maintained hiking trails on public Forest Preserve land. Stewardship and development of these trails is shared by the New York State Forest Rangers and local chapters of hiking clubs such as the New York/New Jersey Trail Conference and the Adirondack Mountain Club. There are 35 Catskill peaks boasting heights greater than 3500ft elevation, and people who hike to the summits of each of these peaks earn membership in the Catskill 3500 Club. One of three spots where you can access the trail from a village center can be found in Margaretville. For more information on the Park and hiking and other outdoor activites visit the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation at http://www.dec.ny.gov.
The Catskill Scenic Trail lies on top of the former rail bed of the Ulster & Delaware Railroad. This 26-mile Rails to Trails project offers a hard-packed surface that makes it perfect for hiking, biking, horseback riding during the warm months. Only a four hundred foot change in grade over the entire trail.
The 18-hole "French Woods" course at the French Woods Golf & Country Club facility in Hancock, New York features 6,018 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 70 and it has a slope rating of 113. Designed by R. Bass/C. Anderson/E. Skinner, the French Woods golf course opened in 1999. Russell Bass manages the course as the President.
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.
YEAR-ROUND ADVENTURE AT 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.