Suggested Reading List
Adirondacks & Catskills Adventure Guide
Author: Wilbur Morrison
Description: Less than a day's drive from New York, Boston or Philadelphia, here are magical wilderness preserves, teeming with wildlife. Over 5,000 square miles of forests lakes and mountains, the Adirondacks are among the most beautiful preserves in the world. Much closer to the urban centers, the Catskills offer deep gorges, magnificent waterfalls, heavily forested mountains and some of the best fishing streams in the state. They are an unsurpassed playground for adults and children, where you can choose hiking, golf, canoeing, skiing, hunting, horseback riding even shopping on a full-time basis! Here is the best guide to these mountains, replete with tales of the early Indians who roamed the forests, the first explorers, and the ceaseless wars among the French and British, then the American colonists, for control of the land. But the book is primarily a guide to enjoying the Adirondacks and Catskills today. Following sections on how to get there, the quickest and most scenic routes to and through the parks, the author details the places to stay, everything there is to see and do, the public and private campsites, and the best hiking trails. You will also find expert advice on fishing, hunting, trapping, wildlife photography, or simply relaxing by a pristine mountain lake.
AMC's Best Day Hikes In The Catskills
Author: Peter W. Kick
Description: With more than 600 miles of trails within just a few hours of New York City, the Catskills and Hudson Valley are a hiker’s paradise, boasting varied and scenic terrain from Westchester County to Albany. This fully updated guide leads beginner and experienced hikers alike along 60 of the region’s most spectacular trails, from shorter nature walks to longer day hikes.
From classic hikes like Storm King Mountain in the Hudson Highlands, to carriage road walks in the Shawangunks and a historic walk around the grounds of Oleana, to 25 Catskills hikes such as Wittenberg and Cornell Mountains, to ridgewalks along the Taconic Range, this guide offers a variety of trails for all ability levels and interests. An at-a-glance chart highlights the best hikes near public transportation, for kids, and for winter snowshoeing and skiing.