Explore the most popular hiking trails in Catskill State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Absolutely serene clean walk! Beautiful views. I managed to get 6 miles out of the walk doing some loops around the circle where we parked! 60 minutes from Middletown NY for me worth the drive

The trail was muddy in spots due to rain the night before. The day was sunny and cool. The summit offered limited views but there were views prior to summit. iWe had planned to hike on to Cornell but instead took an alternate trail (East Branch) for some nice views during our descent..

We hiked a portion of this trail as an alternate trail down from Slide Mountain. It offered some challenges and nice views at points. It had rained heavily the night before and trail was muddy in spots. Nice section of the trail.

Summited Twin from Pecoy Notch. 6.8 miles round trip. The quarry and rock living room was so cool and had nice views of KHP and Twin. Right past the quarry are a number of cascading waterfalls, the biggest about 15-20ft. A few great scrambles and a number of open, expansive viewpoints up on the summits. My favorite Catskill hike so far

Lovely moderate hike. We we to take-in the beginning of the Fall and see the foliage. We started at the North Lake ground, as suggested, and followed the Blue trail to Artist Rock and Sunset Rock (both amazing views). Then continued all the way up to North Point. That was an amazing spot to sit and take in the stunning views. We followed the red trail back down through the forest, which was also pretty great. Note that the red path finishes on the road, and you have to walk on the road for 10 minutes to complete the loop.

Great hike. I was happy with my decision to go counterclockwise. Hike starts out mellow and works up to a fun scramble up the west side if Sugarloaf. Trail was wet and covered with leaves which made it a little tricky. Once up and over the top of Sugarloaf the descent on the east side is steep but fun. I then hiked up to Twin Peaks. Another really fun scramble, challenging in a few spots. Great view from the top. On the way out I stopped and relaxed at the quarry for a few minutes. Nice view from there also. Hike took about 6.5 hours. I would recommend wearing a good pair of hiking boots as the ground is uneven on most of the trail.

Beautiful views, tough trail. Very muddy, and one particularly steep section (read: you must climb up a rock face). Overall, this trail is dedicated to my trekking poles, without whom I would have face-planted many times.

We also went up twin mountain from here: highly recommend. The view from there is breathtaking.

Great hike with beautiful views. Views from giant ledge are better than panther. Deff longer than 6.3 miles if you go up to panther.

A lovely and peaceful hike on wide flat pavement with beautiful views of the reservoir and mountains. There are benches along the path to stop and relax and admire the scenery. It's a very special place and provides a great way to be out in nature for those of all ages and skill levels. There's a monument right off the path at one spot and I'm told that eagles nest in an area right off the path as well. It's a great place to rejuvenate and reconnect with nature that's accessible to all.

Very rocky trails, there are lean to’s at echo lake and right before the beginning of the Indian head trail. Tough hike though definitely recommend for a weekend

Very pleasant, easy hike. Lovely views throughout.

hiking
5 days ago

Very well marked trail. First mile is difficult, very steep, but after that it's quite easy. Just watch your footing. Lots of roots and muddy patches.

6 days ago

Beautiful view. Short trail but rather steep. Wear shoes with ankle support.

Very pleasant.

We went back to this beautiful trail yesterday. The trails were mostly dry views were amazing! Foliage should be peak by the weekend.

Amazingly beautiful, and the views from Hurricane Ledge are breathtaking, but very muddy, rocky and almost unmarked in the section up to High Peak and down to Hurricane Ledge. I was glad that I could use the GPS over the Alltrails map to track my location. I would not recommend to inexperienced hikers.

Pretty flat trail (because it’s also used for snowmobiles). Not a lot of views, but there are a lot of toads!

Prepare for a long day ahead if you’re taking this trail! There are steep inclines heading up fox hallow, but once you’re over panther it becomes smooth sailing.

This trail is beautiful especially after it rains. There are pop up waterfalls along the path.

This hike isn’t easy, but it isn’t hard either. There just are points were you feel like you’re rock climbing rather then hiking. Just prepare for that. Also plan to get there either early or super late; the parking area fills up quickly!

This trail is absolutely lovely — it has just about everything you could want in a short 5-7 mile hike. This is one that I could do over and over again. Artist’s Rock (almost right at the trailhead) and Newman’s Ledge are essentially the same view — but Sunset Rock is the real star. There is a terrific variety of views and terrain / landscapes (blue and yellows offer some tremendous views / scrambles to start while the reds offers some wet deep forest action). Note that there are certainly some steep climbs / descents that require hand usage to scale; especially if you are taking the loop all the way to North Point.

We started on the Blue Trail from the North Lake parking lot (note that the trail head is just ahead of / before the parking lot entrance). It tends to get somewhat busy so I would recommend getting on the trail before 10/11am or so. While there are some moderately challenging sections, it is an awesome hike for folks all along the skill spectrum.

Tip: All of the scenic lookouts are along the first blue / yellow sections of the trail if that is what you are specifically looking for.

Fun challenging hike u have to pay $6 per night to park in the lot. Found a place to camp at about 1.5 miles but the ground was not even. Got to the first peak on day two but too foggy to see anything. Also tough to find a good opening to stargaze where i was.

I did this as a 2-day backpacking trip in late September, starting in the afternoon and hitting the first two peaks, setting up camp for the night at one of the marked camp sites between Cornell and Slide Mountains. There are additional camp sites when you get past Slide. Very fun, challenging hike. If I did it again, though, would do it as a day hike as climbing over some of the ledges and scrambles with a full pack was seriously tough. Views from Slide Mountain are limited; I got better views from Wittenberg and Cornell. Be advised that a good portion of the loop is along a road, which is kind of boring, but the trail is incredibly pretty.

backpacking
9 days ago

A beautiful hike.

Beautiful view. Seriously muddy and heavily trafficked. Some good ascents. Lots of roots and rocks making the trail a bit more difficult to navigate.

Challenging but really fun hike. We parked at the Slide Mountain parking lot and heading east at noon towards Slide Mountain. NOTE: water between Slide Mountain and Woodland Valley is hard to come by! So bring plenty. Also, there is a nice little waterfall, just under Slide Mountain. Would do good to bring a water filter and fill up here.

Great walk through pretty forest and along escarpment. Beautiful views. Add the path to the low waterfall towards the end of the walk for some beautiful scenery. This section is busy and can get very slippery. There are also steps to climb done to the falls (183)

My sister calls this our ‘reverse Hunter hike’ if you like to hike you will like this trail. A long meandering hike up, steep in short sections, but also several sections of flat walking. A gorgeous forest, with streams and little water falls everywhere. Very well marked and easy to follow. Challenging only in the length and steep parts. The way down is very steep but it goes super quick and again the forest is just plain picturesque. Not a lot of views, there are little side trails here or there that lead to scenic views. No views from the top except from the fire tower. Do not expect solitude here on a nice day or weekend. Highly recommend this hike at anytime of year.

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