People have been coming to the Catskill Mountains to relax and unwind for hundreds of years. It’s easy to lose yourself in the natural beauty of the rolling hills, forested mountains, river valleys and crystal clear streams, and there are numerous ways to connect with the natural surroundings.
Look closely as you explore the area, and you’ll probably spot an assortment of native creatures which include whitetail deer, wild turkeys, coyotes, porcupines, a wide variety of birds and butterflies, and even an occasional black bear.
Blue Hill Lodge is located within minutes of hiking, mountain biking and cross country skiing trails, as well as publicly accessible areas for fishing and hunting. These are just a few of the most popular ways to enjoy the area:
Hiking / Mountain Biking
Hundreds of trails are available to suit all fitness and skill levels. The Slide Mountain Wilderness Area features 35 miles of trails that are open to foot travel only, while the Willowemoc Wild Forest allows hiking, mountain biking and a variety of winter activities.
There are 35 peaks in the Catskills that reach more than 3,500 feet. Three are located in nearby Sundown Wild Forest: Peekamoose, Table and Lone mountains. The peaks can be seen from hiking to the Red Hill Fire Tower, one of five remaining steel towers built between 1917 and 1927. The Red Hill Fire Tower offers panoramic views of the Catskill High Peaks to the west and north, and the Roundout Reservoir, part of New York City’s water supply network.
Some of the best known waters include the Beaverkill, one of the most historic trout rivers in the country, the Neversink and the Willowemoc.
While much of the land along the Neversink is privately owned, The Cabin at 933 has acres of access to the the Neversink River for you to fly fish or to just relax by the rushing water.
Public fishing access is also available along the Willowemoc and below Roscoe for the Beaverkill. Public Fishing Rights maps are available from the New York State DEC.
Hunting and fishing is permitted in New York State forests, but prohibited in posted areas. The state tourism site provides an overview of everything you need to know before visiting the area.
Canoeing, kayaking and tubing are popular on the Esopus Creek, and the East and West Branches of the Delaware River, as well as numerous lakes and ponds scattered throughout the area. Catskill Mountain Club is a great resource for water sports as well.
Skiing / Cross Country Skiing
There are plenty of opportunities for cross country skiing, ice skating, snowshoeing and sledding nearby. Check with our staff during the season. We will be happy to recommend activities based on current conditions.
For downhill skiing, Belleayre Mountain is about a 45 minute drive. Belleayre offers 39 trails and is owned and operated by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
There are several golf courses to choose from including Concord Golf Club (Kiamesha Lake), Grossinger’s Golf Club (Liberty), Tarry Brae Golf Course (Loch Sheldrake) and Tennanah Lake Golf & Tennis (Roscoe).