This Catskill Mountains loop, a popular favorite, travels the escarpment and wooded outskirts of North–South Lake, snapping up cherished views and passing cultural sites. Waterfalls, azalea and mountain laurel blooms, and fall foliage complement the woodland sojourn. Although the loop rings the spectacle-shaped North–South Lake, it never approaches the lake.
Follow the blue trail left (north), rounding and ascending to Artists Rock, avoiding a yellow spur just ahead. Black oak, maple, pine, azalea, and mountain laurel decorate the escarpment brink. The broad sandstone ledges lay out a natural avenue. The jut of Artists Rock extends a 180-degree Hudson Valley panorama; vultures soar below the point.
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