Catskill Hotspots

Bethel Woods MuseumBethel Woods (Bethel, NY) The Museum at Bethel Woods is a destination for anyone who lived through The Sixties or wished they had. Family-friendly and traveler-friendly, the Museum is a perfect day-trip from New York City, eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, or upstate New York. Each year, visitors from around the world make the pilgrimage to the place where the Woodstock festival took place—where the spirit of the festival lives today.

Bald Eagles (Delaware River / Rio Reservoir) Bald eagles love Sullivan County in the winter. Every year, more than 100 of them migrate here from Canada and other points north because parts of the Upper Delaware River and some of our reservoirs have open water where the eagles can find their favorite food-fresh fish! We also have undisturbed habitat-1,200 acres that New York State purchased specifically for eagle protection-just 20 minutes from Monticello!

In the spring, most migrant eagles return to their home territory, but in recent years more eagle pairs have been making Sullivan County their permanent home. Thanks largely to the efforts of Peter Nye, director of the New York Endangered Species Unit, Department of Environmental Conservation, there are more than 30 breeding pairs of eagles in the state, up from no reproductive eagles in 1976. At least eight of those pairs of eagles are nesting and raising young in this region.

To find them use binoculars or a spotting scope. The eagles are usually found perching and flying to and from the ice and treeline surrounding the water.

Fort DelawareFort Delaware is an authentic depiction of the life of the Delaware Company Pioneers who settled in the Upper Delaware Valley in 1754. A tour of the facilities includes demonstrations of early settlers’ lifestyles and craft-making, with lectures, demonstrations and events. A gift shop, vending area and picnicking facilities are located on the grounds.

Walnut Mountain (Liberty, NY) In the 1930’s Walnut Mountain was considered a winter sports mecca. Long gone are the tow ropes, wood skis and the hot cocoa. With the work of a few dedicated individuals, Walnut  Mountain is now a public park consisting of 265 acres of hiking and biking trails. The park also features picnic areas, a softball field, soccer field and a playground. There are excellent views from the south side of the mountain and always a good opportunity to spot wildlife.

Walnut Mountain is the highest peak in Sullivan County, at about 2200 ft. At the summit, look out for the stone fireplace to the old hotel. Click here for a trail map.

Akim and HorseHorseback riding workshop Enjoy a horseback ride in the beautiful hills of Sullivan county and learn all about the care of horses at an established horse farm in the area.

Catskill Brewery The Catskill Brewery in Livingston Manor makes fresh ales and lagers using the best natural ingredients available. As long-time residents of Sullivan County, the owners implement sustainability practices and share their love of the region.

Livingston Manor Livingston Manor, NY is a vibrant historic town in the southern Catskills set alongside the Willowemoc river at the edge of the 300,000-acre Catskill Park. Located 100 miles north of New York City, “the Manor” a perfect combination of easy outdoor access and small town charm and hospitality. Livingston Manor is the birthplace of American fly fishing and a gateway to the majestic Catskill Mountains, with a vibrant artistic community.

New Paltz Historic District In 1678, a group of Huguenot families established a community in the Hudson Valley of New York in the hope of creating a home where they could worship as they chose.  In 1894, their descendants formed what is now Historic Huguenot Street to protect their legacy in the buildings, objects, and stories they left behind.

kaaterskill falls nyKaaterskill Falls is a two-stage waterfall of Kaaterskill Creek, located in the eastern Catskill Mountains of New York, on the north side of Kaaterskill Clove. The two cascades total 260 feet in height, making it one of the highest waterfalls in New York, and one of the Eastern United States’ tallest waterfalls.

The waterfalls are one of America’s oldest tourist attractions, being described in many books, essays, poems and paintings of the early 19th century. Beginning with Thomas Cole’s first visit during 1825, they became a subject for painters of the Hudson River School, setting the wilderness ideal for American landscape painting.

Whitewater tubing The Esopus Creek is a class II whitewater which means 1 to 3 foot waves and rapids. It is not a man-made amusement park ride…. rocks and trees can get in your way. Tubers must be physically capable of maneuvering around obstacles and have the ability to recover when tossed out of the tube. That being said, it’s outrageously fun for those with an adventurous spirit!

Zipline  Family-friendly adventures adhere to the strictest safety and construction guidelines in the industry. These zipline adventures are designed as challenge-by-choice, combining adventure, entertainment and safety.