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  • Facts About the Catskills

    Once legendary for being America's wilderness, the Catskill Mountains still attract thousands of visitors from around the world. Full of amazing history and breathtaking natural beauty, the Catskills are a vacation hot spot all year round. (Pictured below: The overlook above the Pepaction Reservoir from the Shaverton Trail in Andes, New York)
     
    Facts About the Catskills

    Location

    The Catskills are located in southeast New York in four separate counties. The counties are Delaware, Greene, Sullivan and Ulster. The Catskills are located northwest of New York City and southwest of Albany.

     
     

    Activities

    Activities at the Catskills include biking, hiking, kayaking, boating, motorcycling, skiing, climbing, horseback riding, wildlife watching, canoeing, camping, gliding, shipping, swimming, fishing, tubing, skydiving and more.

    Geography

    The Catskills encompass over 4,000 square miles and include 98 mountain peaks that are over 3,000 feet high. The area has the Mohonk Preserve, five key rivers, rich valleys, Catskills Park, uncultivated forests and sparkling lakes.

    Historical Home

    The Winter Clove Resort is in the Catskills. It is the oldest single family-owned inn in the area and was built in 1838. It has 49 guest rooms, 400 acres and still serves as a getaway for travelers.

    Trail

    The Catskill Scenic Trail is 19 miles long and is used for hiking, cross-country skiing, horseback riding and biking. The trail only alters in elevation by 400 feet and is considered an extremely gentle grade.

    Article Written By Diane Dilov-Schultheis

    Diane Dilov-Schultheis has been writing professionally since 2000. She is a food and travel writer who also specializes in gaming, satellites, RV repair, gardening, finances and electronics. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and has been published online at the Travel Channel and Intel.

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