Located in New York, the hiking in Catskills offers a half-dozen good hiking route options. The best Catskills hiking based on popularity are considered to be Escarpment Trail, Burroughs Range Trail, Long Path, Willowemoc Wild Forest, and Bear Springs Mountain. For a detailed trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a Catskills hiking trail below.
Above the Hudson River, the 23 mile Escarpment Trail runs a thin ridge of stone above the scenic valley below. The hiking route passes mixed hardwoods and dark hemlock groves on its way north to the Blackhead summit at 3,900 feet.
Running from Fort Lee north to Albany, a 95 mile stretch of the 329 mile Long Path hikes through the Catskill mountains. This stretch is the most rugged and rocky section where it crosses the high peaks trio of Slide, Cornell, and Whittenberg.
South of Walton in the western Catskills, the 7,200 acre Bear Spring Mountain Wildlife Management Area has 24 miles of marked hiking trails rolling through forest and meadows. The scenic routes pass lakes and waterfalls. The best trailhead is located at the campground off East Trout Road.