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By Julia Reischel on Wednesday, Sep. 9, 2015 - 1:48 pm
The place where 14-year-old Jordyn Engler drowned on the Esopus Creek on Saturday, Sept. 5 was near a notorious local river hazard. But that didn’t stop a Catskills tubing company from dropping her off at an abandoned tubing launch nearby. The hazard, a... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Wednesday, Sep. 2, 2015 - 11:51 am
Peggy Brueckner lives near the Peekamoose Blue Hole, an icy Catskills pool that is recognized as one of the best swimming holes in the country. Her family has visited the hidden spot for 50 years. But this summer, due to hordes of tourists and the tons of... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Wednesday, Sep. 2, 2015 - 9:54 am
Truckloads of trash have been left in wild Catskills spaces every week during the summer of 2015. The problem is growing, officials say.  In partnership with Visit Vortex, the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, the New York-New Jersey Trail... Read more
By Alan Via on Monday, Aug. 24, 2015 - 2:04 pm
The trailhead for beautiful Andes Rail Trail hike is located on County Road 2 (also known as 266 Depot Street) at the edge of the Delaware County hamlet of Andes. The attractive Andes Rail Trail and Train Depot sign surrounded by gorgeous flowers herald... Read more
By Jessica Porter on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015 - 11:12 am
Above: Bike rentals at the Roxbury General Store in Roxbury. Photo via the Roxbury General Store's Facebook page.  The Catskills are a bicycler’s paradise with hundreds of miles of trails and roads perfect for bikers of all skill levels. Whether you’re... Read more
By Jeanine Pascarella on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015 - 1:28 pm
Recreation and the outdoors are not just for able-bodied people. Adults and children with physical challenges benefit from exercise and the balance that comes from nature and fitness. Here are some opportunities that allow everyone equal access to the... Read more
By Tim Luby on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015 - 3:59 pm
While the Catskills have a reputation for rugged, steep terrain, the region also offers plenty of short, exciting jaunts with amazing views that kids can scale. 1. VROMAN’S NOSE. 1.5 miles round trip. A mostly gentle climb, with some steep sections, that... Read more
By Alan Via on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015 - 12:17 pm
Overlook Mountain, located just outside of the Ulster County town of Woodstock, is a magnet for hikers of all ages, abilities, and interests. The five-mile round-trip hike begins on the Meads Road trailhead and follows a trail up 1,400 feet to the summit... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Thursday, Jul. 23, 2015 - 10:05 am
Above: A mountain biker races in Hurley in 2013. Photo by Tim Kleeger of Fats in the Cats. The Catskill Mountains were made for road cycling and mountain biking, with miles of paved, lightly trafficked roads and rugged mountain trails. For those who love... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Thursday, Jul. 16, 2015 - 4:36 pm
A black bear cub that got its head stuck in a plastic jar was freed by Greene County DEC conservation officers after a four-hour stakeout in the Catskills hamlet of Palenville on June 30. The cub, stumbling blindly with its head stuck in a large opaque... Read more

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