Ride the Catskills

The beauty and mystery of the Catskill Mountains have inspired writers, painters and nature lovers for centuries. Let them work their magic on you! Whether you’re trout fishing a crystal clear stream, enjoying a festival in a quaint mountain town, or threading a mountain bike down a tree-lined slope, you'll find excitement and relaxation for body and soul in these magic mountains.

Ride the Catskills is a Catskills-wide initiative by NYS Department of Environmental Conservation to encourage hiking, biking, paddling, horseback riding or motorcycling in this scenic area.

Here is the suggested route for Delaware County:

Starting in Margaretville, head west on State Route 28/30. After 3 miles turn left onto the NYC/BWS Road and travel west along the south side of the Pepacton Reservoir. After about 10 miles, turn right at the intersection with SR30 and cross the reservoir bridge. Turn left onto the NYC/BWS Road. Once the road turns north and leaves the reservoir’s shore, it changes to Tremperskill Road and continues north to Andes. At the intersection with County Route 2, turn right. CR2 merges with SR28. Continue east on SR28 to the junction with SR30. Continue on SR28/30 east and return to Margaretville.

About 33 miles

Scenic Vistas:

• Route 30 Bridge over Pepacton Reservoir: Great views of the reservoir and mountains. See the kiosk at the bridge’s south end.

• Palmer Hill and Palmer Hill Trail: Panoramic views from the parking lot just off Route 30 on Finkle Road. Two miles east of  Andes at the Finkle Road trailhead, hike through woods and meadows on NY City watershed lands (3.7-mile round-trip; no-cost permit required*).

• Shavertown Trail: From the trailhead at the north end of the SR30 bridge on CR1, hike this ridge with sweeping views of Pepacton Reservoir (5.3-mile round-trip; no-cost permit required*).


• Reservoir Fishing/Boating: Great fishing for trout, bass and panfish; non-motorized boating (boat rentals available nearby; no-cost permit required*).

• Delaware and Ulster Railroad: Hop aboard this leisurely paced excursion through magnificent mountain scenery. Trains run between Arkville and Roxbury.

• Margaretville Street Festivals: Spring Festival in May, Forest & Farm Festival in July, Great Outdoor Experience Festival in August, and Cauliflower Festival in September.


Options abound in Margaretville, with restaurants, cafes and diners to please palates hungry for anything from gourmet to family-style fare.


DEC’s Little Pond Campground offers hiking, fishing, cartop boating and boat rentals and a swimming beach. If camping is not your style, you’ll find motels and bed-and-breakfasts too.