Visit the Catskills Visitor Center
Situated on 60 acres of forest, fields and wetlands in the hamlet of Mount Tremper, the Catskills Visitor Center is home to our Visitor Center and Gift shop. In addition to the Center itself, the site features: walking trails totaling just over 1.5 miles; a sculpture park showcasing local Catskill artisans; picnic areas; a covered pavilion; wildlife viewing; access to the Esopus Creek; and more.
Visitor and Interpretive Services
The Catskills Visitor Center is your gateway to the Catskill Region and the Catskill Park. Our staff and volunteers are on hand to help you plan your Catskill adventure and vacations, from information about our communities, to the best trails for a variety of users. In the Catskills Visitor Center we offer:
Brochures and guides to the many different recreational, cultural and historical attractions and resources of the Catskills
Maps for hiking, fishing, mountain biking, scenic byways and more
Information on events across the region
Trained staff and volunteers to help answer any questions you may have
Public restrooms, free wifi and cell service
The Catskills Visitor Center's Gift Shop has a wide variety of books and guides about the Catskill Park, the Catskill Mountains and the surround areas. We also carry a large selection of quality trail maps and trail guides to help you have a safe and enjoyable adventure on the trails, whether you are hiking or mountain biking.
In addition to books, maps and guidebooks, the Catskills Visitor Center Gift Shop offers local products, fire tower merchandise include Catskill Fire Tower patches and a number of items to help you enjoy your stay in the Catskills!
If you need something right now, the Gift Shop is also online!
Did you know? Catskill Center members receive a 10% discount at the Gift Shop when they show their membership cards!
The Catskills Visitor Center currently has three different trails available for visitors to enjoy:
The Interpretive Loop Trail is approximately 1/2 a mile long loop trail that circles the Visitor Center site. The trail was constructed to ADA accessibility standards and is available to walkers and visitors of any ability! Along the trail, there are multiple interpretive panels, telling the story of the Visitor Center site and the Catskills.
The Upper Ridge Trail is approximately 1/2 mile long and ascends the slope behind the Visitor Center and ends at a rustic picnic area. The trail, originally built by the NYNJ Trail Conference showcases trail building techniques used throughout the Catskills on new, sustainable trails and trail reconstruction projects.
The Esopus Creek Trail is approximately 1/2 mile long and travels from the Visitor Center, across Route 28 and to the bank of the Esopus Creek. This trail is constructed to ADA accessibility standards and provides a family-friendly route to the banks of the Esopus where you can enjoy the mountain and river view and access the Esopus Creek.
Download the trail map for the Catskills Visitor Center property.
The Upper Esopus Fire Tower
The newest addition to the Catskills Visitor Center property is our very own newly restored 80’ fire tower. The cab will be open and staffed by a fire tower steward on weekends through November 11, 2019 and again at the start of the 2020 Summer Season. If you are interested in visiting at another time, we recommend calling the Catskills Visitor Center at 845-688-3369 before you head out to confirm that the tower is open. Views from the fire tower include the Esopus Valley, nearby Mt. Tremper, Ashokan High Point, and the Phoenicia East Branch Trail. Please note there is a limit of six people in the cab of the tower at one time.
Access to the Fire Tower is available via the Interpretive Loop Trail.
Picnic Areas, Wildlife Viewing and Esopus Creek Access
The large field surrounding the Catskills Visitor Center makes the perfect place for a picnic! The Visitor Center site includes picnic tables with umbrellas throughout the open area. A second, more rustic picnic area is available after a short climb on the Nature Trail. This picnic area features a view of Romer Mountain and Mount Pleasant to the south.
The Catskills Visitor Center offers a covered pavilion open to the public for picnicking, for workshops and presentations and for special events. The pavilion has capacity for approximately 100 visitors and is available to individuals and groups for special event rentals (please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information).
Wildlife viewing opportunities abound on site and include birds, mammals and amphibians in several different habitats on site.
Access to Esopus Creek is available via the Esopus Creek Trail. This trail provides direct access to the bank of the creek for wildlife viewing, fishing and recreation.