Experience all that our area has to offer: river explorations, Catskill Mountain hikes, local farms, pick-your-own fruit, farmer's markets, and all sorts of off-the-beaten-path adventures. Check out the Great Northern Catskills website for an exhaustive listing of everything to do in the area. Hunter Mountain and Windham Mountain are quick day-trip destinations in the area offering some of the best hiking, zip lining, skiing, and mountain biking in the Catskills. Below, we have listed out some of our very favorite adventures!
The Catskills are also fast becoming one of the best places in the country to plan a destination wedding or unique event. Host your event at venues as varied as historic iron foundries, rustic barns, woodland cabins, or an 1800s stone manor house! Check out some of our awesome local venues below!
Hudson Ferry Co. | Providing an eclectic variety of sightseeing tours and sunset cruises aboard either a flagship 1965 Army Corp of Engineers vessel or aboard the Schooner Apollonia, a carbon-neutral sailboat. Also hop aboard their regular weekend cross-river service between the village of Athens and the city of Hudson. Riverfront pick-up in Athens or Hudson.
Rip Van Winkle Adventure Guides | Customized, guided hikes for all levels focused on the Catskill Mountain Park as well as guided Kayak Tours exploring the islands and tidal flats of the Hudson River.
Screaming Eagle Outdoor Adventures | Kayak rentals, guided tours, and sunset paddles. Just 10 minutes away in Athens! 28 North Warren St., Athens.
Upstate Kayak Rentals | Self-Serve Kayak rentals in Coxsackie's Riverside Park. Book ahead online or go directly to the kiosk located by the Coxsackie Boat Launch. Kayaks are only rented two at a time for safety! Coxsackie Riverside Park Boat Ramp.
Cohotate Preserve | Hike through a mature forest as the trail leads you steeply downhill to the river. A large flat clearing by the river is perfect for picnics! Also the site of an environmental field station. 450 Route 385, Athens.
Four Mile Point Preserve | The official hike is a short, kid-friendly walk near the river. A longer walk continues on along 4 Mile Point Road (watch out for the occasional car!) as it winds beside the river and through Vosburg Swamp, a protected wildlife management area. 169 Four-Mile Point Rd, Coxsackie.
Hannacroix Creek Preserve | Featuring 4 main trails taking you along the creek and through native woodlands. Irving Trail takes you down to the New Baltimore swimming hole. Be careful as the rocks around the falls are slippery!
Rt. 144 north of New Baltimore.
Kaaterskill Falls via Kaaterskill Rail Trail | Check out NY State's tallest two-tiered waterfall at the end of a 1.5 mi hike through mature woods. The hike along the rail trail takes you past several overlooks for viewing the Falls. Parking is at the Mountain Top Historical Society building in Haines Falls where you will find the trailhead. 5132 Rt. 23A Haines Falls, NY 12436.
Mawignack Preserve | A gorgeous walk through mature woodlands and open wildflower fields take you down to the peaceful Catskill Creek. Perfect place for a picnic and birdwatching! 52 Snake Road, Catskill.
RamsHorn-Livingston Sanctuary | 2 miles of trails follow an old farm road past a 28-foot observation tower, then narrow as they meander through forests and skirt RamsHorn Marsh. 84 Dubois Rd., Catskill.
Willows at Brandow Point | Hike through expansive wildflower fields and then down through forested land until you reach the river. 480 Rt. 385, Athens.
Check out this greatnortherncatskills.com for even more hiking options further up the mountain!
Coxsackie Farmer's Market | Held at the end of Reed St. in Riverside Park every Wed. evening from 4-7pm during the warmer months (May-Oct). This Farmer's Market offers a great mix of produce from local farmers, food products, fresh bread, a food truck for picking up dinner, and live music. The Village's weekly social event! Riverside Park, Coxsackie.
Boehms Farm | Pick-your-own apple farm, pumpkins, pie, jams, etc. (seasonal hours - check website). 26 County Road, Climax.
Lime Kiln Farm | Gorgeous farm with cows, goats, sheep, and a bakery on site making pies and cheesecakes. Pick up farm fresh meats as well! Schedule a visit ahead of time. 523 Lime Kiln Rd., W. Coxsackie.
Samascott Orchards | A quick day-trip about 40 minutes away, this orchard produces some of the most mouth watering produce and fruit in the region and much of it is available in their U-Pick fields. A market stand close by is also well stocked if you don't want to do the picking. 5 Sunset Ave, Kinderhook.
Story Farms | Pick-your-own strawberries, seasonally, and a great farm stand for fresh produce. Seasonal hours during the winter. 4640 Rt. 32, Catskill.
EVENT / WEDDING VENUES
Basilica Hudson | A repurposed industrial factory located right on the River. Awesome music, markets, and events year round. 110 South Front Street, Hudson.
Gather Greene | 100+ acres of open field, woods, and a quarry pond with views of mountain ranges all around. 17 mini-cabins and a breathtaking 2-storey pavilion that must be seen to be believed! 176 Levett Road, Coxsackie.
Meadow Ridge Farm | Weddings and events in an original English-Dutch style dairy barn surrounded by 100+ acres of woods, fields, and river views. 2745 Route 385, Coxsackie.
Owls Hoot Barn | Weddings, events, and weekend stays at a lovingly restored 1800s Dutch Barn complex. 386 Bronck Mill Road, West Coxsackie.