In conjunction with the Catskill Mountain Club, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection are busy cutting trails on DEP acquired lands. NYC has invested in these small parcels of land (hundreds of acres) to protect the NYC watershed. Besides preserving the city’s water, it’s now providing some excellent hiking for people with various ability levels.
Heavily impacted by humans, these small tracts of land are unusual. But before you turn your nose up at them, these gems have a lot to offer. Just about all have lovely and unique views, and most have other cool features that show the property’s history.
In the coming months, we’ll be hiking these properties and adding them to our “Catskill DEP Collection.” As we hike them we’ll be adding them to our site and this page. Enjoy.
Bramley Mountain is a 2817′ peak located in the western Catskills. You’ll hike by an impounded pond, many rock walls and past foundations, an abandoned bluestone quarry, and excellent views. This hike is one to savor.
Shavertown Trail: Snake Pond and the Beautiful Tremperskill Overlook
The Shavertown Trail is two trails that lead to incredible views of the Pepacton Reservoir and surrounding mountains in the Western Catskills. The visit to Snake Pond will please hikers of all ages. For the techies in the crowd or folks that like to see unusual things on the trail, the Pond Loop Trail heads past a remote weather station. Seasonal wildflowers and lilypads will add to the excellent year-round views.
Palmer Hill Trail in the Catskills. Fun but Unusual.
At 3.7-miles, the Palmer Hill Trail system provides the hiker with views from once farmed meadows and rolling hills. Short forest walks on footpaths that offer the canopy’s coolness will please the hiker, especially on warm sunny days. Add the stunning view from the trailhead; this is a must-do hike.
Andes Rail Trail & Bullet Hole Spur
Some hikes are family-friendly, and this is undoubtedly one of the Catskill’s most appropriate for young families looking for a short (or longer) walk with some remarkable views and history along the way.
Essentially divided into two sections (1) The Andes Rail Trail and (2) The Bullet Hole Spur, the round trip can be 1.8 or 4-miles.
Ashokan Quarry Trail
An easy hike for almost anyone. The NYCDEP Acorn Hill Unit is 220 acres of incredible forest and history. In this unit, you’ll find the Ashokan Quarry Trails that will take you 165’ up to excellent ledges with great views of Ashokan High Peak, Ashokan Cobble, South Mountain, Friday, Dink, Cornell, and Samuel’s Point, Wittenberg. Looking up the Esopus Valley, you’ll be able to see Mt. Pleasant, North Dome, Mt Tremper.
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Backwoods wanderer with a passion for backpacking, hiking, kayaking, and exploring the wilds of the Catskills and Adirondacks in New York. A Catskill 3500 Club Member and Adirondack Forty-Sixer. Climbed Mount Rainier. Professionally an Exercise Physiologist.