Headwaters of the Beaver Kill Trail

Belle Ayr, New York 12455

Headwaters of the Beaver Kill Trail

Headwaters of the Beaver Kill Trail Professional Review and Guide

"The Beaver Kill is one of the Catskills’ most celebrated fly fishing streams, and as such much of its length is posted by sportsmen’s clubs and other private landowners. However, a major land transaction in 1979 added several miles of the kill’s upper reaches to the Forest Preserve, in effect creating one of the largest blocks of contiguous state land in the park.

In addition to the kill, a handful of small ponds and open beaver meadows are hidden in these woods, which fills the valley between Graham and Doubletop mountains to the north and the Beaver Kill Range to the south. A marked hiking trail penetrates this valley, but in order to experience a wilderness landscape unparalleled in the Catskills you need to get off that trail and explore the valley towards the Graham-Doubletop notch. This is a route for the winter explorers for whom solitude and wide-open spaces are a key requirement. The rolling terrain and open forests are eminently suitable for winter camping, and with the 150-foot setback rule in mind you could camp just about anywhere."

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Trail Information

Belle Ayr
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
3–4 hours minimum
2,540 feet
Trailhead Elevation
Top Elevation
NYS DEC New Paltz Office
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USGS Seager
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Nov 2018