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Outdoor Recreation

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.

  • Al's Sport Store

    A fishing store and a whole lot more, Al's Sport Store provides services from gear rental to guided fishing trips. You can rent all the gear you might need for any adventure from paddles and life vests to roof pads and straps to tie down the canoe. Delivery and pickup service can be arranged. Guided fishing trips are available and you can stay in The Downsville Motel right next door to the store if you're traveling from out of town. 

    6964 River Road
    Downsville 13755
    Al Carpenter
    Phone: 607-363-7740
  • All Trails

    At home or on the road, find your perfect hike, bike ride, or trail run by length, rating, and difficulty level. Filter by dog or kid-friendly trails, or find trails with great views.

  • Andes Rail Trail

    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.

  • Backus Farms

    Dairy farm located in Trout Creek, NY. 

    7377 County Highway 27
    Trout Creek 13839
    Phone: 607-865-6639
  • 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
  • Over The Border

    Bellearye Ski Center

    Belleayre stands as a model in the ski industry. With 47 trails, parks and glades and 8 lifts, including our new High Speed Quad, Belleayre Mountain has certainly evolved from humble, yet promising beginnings into an efficient and growing organization - perfection in progress.

    181 Galli Curci Road
    Highmount 12441
    Phone: 845-254-5600
  • Border Water Outfitters

    Located near the junction of the East and West branches of the Delaware River - our guides will help you find the right type of water for your fishing skills. BWO is a place where anglers gather to get the latest river & hatch information, exchange stories, meet friends and get the equipment needed for a successful day on the famed waters of the Upper Delaware & Catskill Rivers.

    159 East Main Street
    Hancock 13783
    Phone: 607-637-4296
  • Bramley Mountain Trail

    Bramley Mountain Trail (4-mile loop, moderate difficulty), was built by the Catskill Mountain Club, and leads to the summit of Bramley mountain, where there are open views, a former fire tower, and an abandoned bluestone quarry. Impressive cliffs and caves line the footpath between the summit and the quarry. Access the trail by parking on Glen Burnie Rd, one mile south and uphill of its intersection with County Road 18, Delhi.

    Glen Bernie Road
    Delhi 13753
  • Broken Spoke Stables

    Boarding, training, riding lessons, trail rides, horses for sale or lease.

    874 Narrow Knotch Rd
    Hobart 13788
    Christy Cole
    Phone: 607-538-9651
  • Brophy Estates Riverview/Lakeview Estates

    Experience all of nature’s luxuries while staying at RiverView Estate by Brophy. Built in 1996, this ethereal mountain and grassland retreat will take you away and captivate your soul while nestling amidst lush gardens, shimmering pools, and cascading waterfalls. Owner Gale Brophy brings you RiverView Estate--her distinguished signature resort overlooking romantic wilderness and exquisite scenic river and valley views.

    1650 Bodoit Road
    Fishs Eddy 13774
    Gale Brophy
    Phone: 607-206-0969
  • Buck Horn Lodge & Cottages

    A "Fisherman's Paradise" and a great location for relaxation and family reunions. Located on the East Branch of the Delaware River. Offering one and two bedroom cottages. Enjoy hiking, fishing, eagle watching, boating and canoeing. Call for more information.

    1577 State Highway 30
    East Branch 13756
    Carolyn Lewis
    Phone: 607-363-7432
  • Catskill 3500 Club

    The Catskill 3500 Club was founded in 1962, to foster interest in hiking in the Catskills. Membership is open to anyone who has climbed on foot each of the 35 Catskill peaks above 3500 feet in elevation.

  • Catskill Adventures & Tours

    A full adventure guide service based in the Central Catskills specializing in kayaking, canoeing, hiking, biking, team building, fishing, camping, and wilderness excursions. We also offer a full line of outdoor equipment rentals. Ask about ziplines!

    42480 State Highway 28
    Margaretville 12455
    Phone: 845-586-2729
  • Catskill Mountain Club

    The CMC offers volunteer led hikes and workshops throughout the Catskill Forest Preserve and on other state lands. From hiking to ice fishing, nature walks, plant identification and survival talks, we seek to share our love for the Catskill Park with you.

    PO Box 404
    Margaretville 12455
    Rick Roberts
    Phone: 607-746-9694
  • Catskill Outdoor Adventures

    Are you looking to catch that trophy trout, to bag a wild turkey or to explore New York's fabulous outdoor adventure lands?  Charles "Sonny" Somelofski has the skills and experience to ensure your next outdoor adventure exceeds all your expectations.

    P. O. Box 497
    Margaretville 12455
  • Catskill Park/Catskill Forest Preserve

    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.

  • Catskill Scenic Route 30

    From Hancock to Grand Gorge, Catskill Scenic Route 30 follows the East Branch of the Delaware River through 5 towns; HancockColchesterAndesMiddletownRoxbury and their many villages and hamlets. Along the entire route, bluestone quarrying, logging and farming were historically the most important industries and continue to be important today. Easily accessible via Exit 90 from Route 17 (soon to be I-86), Route 30 in Delaware County passes through 61 miles of beautiful hills and valleys, passing many historical sites, and offering many attractions and recreational activities through all four seasons of the year.

    PO Box 97
    Downsville 13755
    Caroline Martin
  • Catskills Scenic Trail

    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.

    PO Box 310
    Stamford 12167
    Catskill Revitalization Corporation
    Phone: 607-652-2821
  • Catskills Unleashed

    The Catskills Unleashed team offers customized outdoor adventures to suit most fitness levels and ages! Those adventures include guided hikes, instructive paddling, paint and paddle excursions for those wanting to explore their artistic side, yoga hikes, shinrin-yoku - gentle guided forest walking meditations that support well-being, and more! Our local, licensed guides custom-tailor experiences to empower both novice and experienced adventure seekers with the necessary skills to fearlessly navigate the great outdoors.

    Phone: (607) 435-9031
  • Central Catskill Trail Association

    The club maintains trails connecting DeLancey to Andes and up through Bovina to Stamford and Roxbury. It hosts various poker runs through out the season. Please join up!

    PO Box 87
    Andes 13731
    Phone: 845-676-4912