New York

Hiking in the Catskills

Experience the Hudson River Valley on foot as local experts share the wonders of the Catskill Mountains, hiking to secluded ponds, breathtaking vistas and meandering rivers.
Rating (3.5)
Program No. 20627RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

The Catskill Mountains are home to a network of hiking trails that lead visitors on a fascinating geologic journey. On your adventure in this storied area of America, begin each morning with a nutritious breakfast before setting out for the day. Study local geology and ecology along the trail as you trek to secluded ponds teeming with wildlife. Gaze out over Slide Mountain, the Hudson River Valley and other breathtaking vistas. Test your courage on an optional cable bridge across the Neversink River, unwind with evening performances, hear tales of local history and much more.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Challenging
Hiking up to 10.4 miles on maintained trails, uneven terrain; elevation gains up to 2,000 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Hike past local flora and fauna as you explore a variety of trails, from old coach roads to escarpment trails.
  • Explore the history of the area including the use of towers as a method of fire prevention and a presentation about times past.
  • Meet local artists and learn from visitors who will teach us about wild animals of the Catskills.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a value-priced single room. This retreat center does not provider an optional morning exercise, community engagement, or a live performance or event.
Featured Expert
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Will Soter
Will Soter is licensed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, specializing in hiking and paddling in the Catskills. He serves on the board of the Catskill Mountain Club and works to increase awareness and safe access to outdoor recreation in the region. Will also uses his training as a Leave No Trace Master Educator to lead visitors to understand their role in sustainable, responsible recreation. Will holds certifications in Wilderness First Aid, CPR and is a Water Safety Instructor.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Will Soter
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