Best Views in the Catskills

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Top 5 Catskill Summits

Twin Mountain


If you want a serious challenge with an even more serious reward, look no further. Though at times, this trail seems easy enough, you will come to multiple points where you’ll need to give it all you’ve got. That said, the view from the top is breathtaking and well worth the hike. This will take the average hiker about 6 hours round trip but we recommend stopping for lunch along the way, this hike will be the plan of the day!

Nearest Tentrr Campsite: Schoharie Creek


An address for your GPS to get very close to the trailhead -

1 Prediger Road Elka Park, NY 12427

Once you reach this address, follow Prediger Rd until it ends in the DEC parking lot. GPS coordinates of the parking area: 42.13405, -74.10433.

Poet’s Ledge


The name was inspired by many a poets who come here for inspiration, the view from the top is the muse of many. Though the hike is rather steep and a bit technical at times, the top will speak for itself and you will not want to begin the descent too soon. Be aware that this hike is basically a straight line from trailhead to summit taking you up about 2100 feet, so don’t forget the water in the car!

Nearest Tentrr Campsite: High Peak Meadow


Parking is just east of the Katerskill Bridge in Palenville, NY. After you park, walk west about .3 miles over the bridge. Just after you cross the bridge make a left onto Maldin Avenue (unmarked) and walk south past the dead end barrier and over what used to be Maldin Avenue until you come out through the barrier about .4 miles south. After walking about another .2 miles you will reach the Fernwood Inn on your right. Just past the Fernwood Inn on the right is a dirt road, follow this road until you reach the trailhead.

This will thoroughly feel like somebody’s back yard, if you feel like this then keep going, you’re almost there! When you get near the top, it gets narrower and narrower until you see the view from the ledge!

West Kill Mountain


Starting your hike from Spruceton Rd will make this hike a tiny bit easier, but still not a walk in the park by any means. Starting on this side, you’ll end up at The Buck Ridge Lookout which has an open view of the surrounding summits and you will pass by not only the Diamond Notch Falls which are worth the walk itself. The Diamond Notch Falls have a bridge that crosses West Kill, this is very picturesque.

Nearest Tentrr Campsite: The Farm


Take Rt. 42 north from Shandaken off Rt. 28. In Spruceton make a right on Spruceton Rd. along the West Kill. Continue for several miles passed the large parking lot on the left. Park at the next parking lot on the right. Walk up the road and look for the gate on the blue-blazed Diamond Notch Trail. Walk .7 miles along the West Kill to Diamond Notch Falls. Walk over the bridge and make an immediate right to walk along the other side of the West Kill. The trail now ascends quickly and steeply. There is a spring about .7 miles after the falls. After another .7 miles there is an interesting rock overhang that could be used as a shelter. Another .9 miles brings you to the Buck Ridge lookouts. There are good views here to the north, east and south. The summit of West kill (3880 ft.) is just another .1 miles to the west. To complete the hike retrace your steps down the mountain. Coordinates for the trailhead: 42.1812, -74.2679

Catskill Scenic Trail


This amazing trail is famous for formally being the Ulster & Delaware County Railroad! This 26 mile hiking trail is loaded with amazing mountain vistas, river views and farm stops. Whether you walk 1 mile or the entire thing, you’re going to love this one. Starting in Bloomville and ending in Roxbury, make sure you take a look at the map and decide which part of the trail you’re going to hike and when you’re going to turn around!

Nearest Tentrr Campsite[s]: Zeleny Lés and The Hollow


The Bloomville trailhead is located on Route 10 just north of Bloomville, look for Agway Road aka Feed Store Road. There is parking for hikers at this trailhead! This is the perfect trailhead to head to if you’re staying at Zelany Lés!

The Roxbury trailhead is located on Route 30 just north of Roxbury. Look for Hardscrabble Road and head to the end! There is parking here for hikers. This trailhead is perfect for campers staying at The Hollow!

Giant Ledge and Panther Mountain

This is a moderate hike that most can do if you pace yourself. A great hike to start in the morning and make a day out of spending time at the 5 giant ledges you encounter along your way to the summit. The views are breathtaking and immensely picturesque, some of the best views the Catskills have to offer. Even if you only make it to the first ledge, you will not regret the outing!

Nearest Tentrr Campsite: Terrapin Acres


Perfect for campers staying at one of our Big Indian campsites, the trailhead is just a hop, skip and a jump away. Head south on Route 47 out of Big Indian. Go about 7.5 miles and you’ll see a the parking lot for the trailhead. You’ll know you passed it if you start heading uphill on a sharp turn!

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