beautiful view of the Catskill Mountains

Boasting upwards of 700,00 acres of pristine protected lands, it’s no surprise that Ulster County is a top destination for hikers eager to tackle some wild terrain!

No matter your skill level, from beginner to expert, the Catskill Park features 350 miles of trails, so you’re sure to find something fit for you.

Whether you’d prefer scrambling up mountains or taking a leisurely stroll alongside a rushing stream, there are plenty of ways to enjoy Ulster County’s wilderness.

Let’s explore some of them! They’re ranked in order of difficulty, from easiest to hardest, for your convenience.

Ashokan Rail Trail (ART)

Open year-round, this 11.5 mile hike doesn’t feature any elevation changes and is considered to be on the easier sides of Ulster County hikes.

The trail itself extends nearly 12 feet wide, and due to its flat surface, it’s ADA compliant as well as accessible for persons with disabilities. 

As it only opened in the Fall of 2019, you might not have even heard of this trail yet! But don’t worry, although newer, it’s not any less better than the rest.

Following the northern edge of the Ashokan Reservoir, between West Hurley and Boiceville, ART offers walkers access to the scenic Ulster & Delaware Railroad corridor, which previously wasn’t accessible without a DEP Access Permit since its construction in 1911.

Almost a hundred years later, you can now explore the area!

Whether you’d like to hike the trail, use a bike instead, or try your hand at snowshoeing or cross country skiing in the winter, there’s many ways to explore the Ashokan Rail Trail.

Giant Ledge

Boasting arguably one of the best views of Catskill Park, this moderate out and back hike makes all the effort worthwhile.

With five ledges each offering an excellent vantage point to soak in scenic surroundings, it’s not just the hike that will leave you out of breath, but the views too.

To make the sights last, you can even camp out on one of the ledges – just imagine the sunsets and sunrises!

During this hike, you will travel 3.75 miles and experience an elevation gain of 975 feet, making this a moderate option. 

Overlook Mountain

You’ll want to make sure you’ve come prepared with the proper equipment and experience as this moderate/difficult hike spans five miles long with an elevation gain of 3,000 feet. 

Once you reach the top, you’ll actually find yourself at a fire tower that offers expansive views of the Hudson River Valley over to the Bershirs, Litchfield Hills and Taconics.

Mount Tremper

Calling all experienced hikers, if you’re looking for a challenge, it’s time to discover Mount Tremper. 

Spanning six miles long with an elevation gain just shy of 3,000 feet, this out and back trail certainly isn’t for the faint of heart.

As black bears have often been spotted at the top of the mountain, make sure you use caution as you make your way up. 


If wilderness is calling your name, let an Ulster County hike be your answer.

And, there’s no better way to take advantage of the area's wicked landscape than calling it home. 

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