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lots of fun activities. there are lots of good restaurants. the food is great. there are great... read more

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Beautiful Catskills mountain

I have stayed here only 2 days but I was running behind time and chasing each small town in the... read more

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Reviewed November 13, 2016

I was born and grew up on the southern fringe of the Catskills and worked summers at camps there. It is a truly beautiful area but I didn't really fully understand this till I moved to flat, flat New Jersey. We return often to the Catskills, most recently last month, and the fall leaves were gorgeous.

Date of experience: October 2016
2  Thank LWL3333
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Reviewed November 12, 2016

There are about 300 miles of hiking trails in the Catskill, many of them maintained by the Trail Conference.

The 356 mile Long Path, which runs from the George Washington Bridge in New York City to Thatcher State Park just southwest of Albany, passes through the Catskill Mountains region for approximately 100 miles between Wawarsing in the south and Windham in the north. The Long Path follows the main ridges of the Catskill Mountains passing over the Burroughs Range (Slide, Cornell and Wittenberg Mountains), along with the Devil's Path range, which has been called one of the most difficult hikes in the east. The Long Path also makes its way through wild and untouched wilderness areas and follows the eastern face of the Catskill Mountains, offering amazing views of the Hudson Valley and the Taconic, Bershire and Green Mountains beyond.

I have had the pleasure of hiking almost all of those 100 miles at various times, and this month was able to do a great hike over Wittenberg Mountain. Colors were magnificent.

Date of experience: November 2016
1  Thank robcurtross
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Reviewed October 19, 2016

The fall colors were vibrant and beautiful this past weekend Oct 14-16. I was lucky to hit peak season There are many scenic roads to drive or hikes you can take to enjoy the nice fall colors. The towns are very quaint and historic in the mountains. It's a serene and peaceful getaway from the city. I'd go back there again for sure.

Date of experience: October 2016
3  Thank MitchelE3
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Reviewed August 8, 2016

We spent a weekend at the Launt Pond (non-horse) campground (2 adults, 2 kids 11 and 12.) The map on the DEC site is not terribly accurate- upper spots are on the side of a hill and the shower house is at the top, so each road loop is higher than the one below which does give more privacy. Best sites are on the outside of the loop. The center sites are on a grass runway with a grill plopped down every 30 feet- no shade, no privacy. Avoid sites 10, 9, 8, 6 and 21. Best; 24, 3, 1, 2. Sites by the lake are well separated and under towering pines, but no shrubs for privacy and a long hike to the shower house. Shower house is nice and new, cleaned every day and any mess is your fellow campers slobs. There is a large wash up sink outside the shower house. Swimming area is tiny and unguarded, but the kids had a fine time. Composting toilet by the swim area can be "scented." Nice amount of wildlife; if you get up early there are deer, Great Blue Heron, Kingfisher, Solitary Sandpiper (very early -a calling Barred Owl) and around most of the time; Juncos, Chipping Sparrows, Cedar Waxwings, Goldfinches, Sapsuckers, Blue Jays, Crows, chipmunks. Seen in the area- eagles along the East Branch and ravens. Nice native plant habitat. At night there is little light pollution and we had fun stargazing- it's dark enough to see the milky way and shooting stars. Bring a star chart. The walk around the pond was pretty but barely marked and more like a soggy deer trail - lots of springs and seeps. Chief complaint would be that at some DEC sites the wardens go the extra- here not so much- that small trail is theirs to maintain and it was clear nothing had been done this season. No hiking maps available, except for horse trails. Old faded posters on the sign board. No activities posted- and there is a small outdoor theater, so they once had talks and movies I'm guessing. Not much cell reception- you are in the mountains.
In the area- avoid the Downsville Diner - mediocre food at NYC prices. $34 for breakfast for 4 and that was with a kids meal. Do take a drive up to Andes - scenic drive along the reservoir along 30, cross the bridge to 1 and do stop at Woodys Country kitchen for breakfast, lunch or ice cream. Andes is full of lots of little antique shops and fun stuff. Lots of places to do tubing or canoe along the East Branch. There is good hiking but make sure you get that info in advance

Date of experience: August 2016
3  Thank jwpines2016
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Reviewed August 3, 2016

I stayed 3 nights at Bear Spring Mountain Campgrounds over July 4th weekend. It was a great stay. If you go stay in the upper campgrounds near the lake (sites 1-27). An important note- the only pit toilet in the upper campgrounds is by the lakefront sites, not in the main ring like the reserveamerica map shows. There's a brand new comfort station with showers and flush toilets. I was at site 13 which was awesome- very private, quiet and close to the bathroom, but not the biggest. Sites 5-9 didn't have much privacy, not much separation or trees between sites. Sites 19, 25-27 down by the lake are nice too, but very open with huge pine trees. Pit toilets are the closet ones down there also. Site 24 also looked pretty private and also huge.

The hiking nearby was pretty good. Some horse trails were overgrown and impassable on foot, would be fine on horseback. The lake was clean but the swim area is way too small, no lifeguard on duty. The nature trail around the lake was also pleasant. Grocery stores are about a 15 min drive into a town in either direction off Rt. 206 to Walton or Downsville.

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank Maureen K
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