Saturday looks like a great day to be outside. Come to the Catskill Mountain Story Festival before or after your hike for some delicious food and interesting panels, presentations, and activities celebrating the stories and people of the Catskills! Expect highs in the upper 70s on Saturday, sunshine, and on Sunday a high in the 70s with showers likely.
Catskill Mountain Story Festival: The Catskills Visitor Center is having a celebration of stories in the Catskills this weekend. Enjoy panels and presentations by acclaimed authors, see what's new from local small presses, engage with local libraries and nonprofits, and share your own stories of the Catskills. This year's festival will feature performers and activities for all ages - bring the whole family and spend the day.
Trail Conditions and Stream Information: Stay prepared for changing weather conditions, especially unexpected rain storms, by carrying an extra dry layer and water protection. Waterproof shoes or boots are highly recommended for when you encounter stretches of wet, muddy terrain. All streams and springs marked on a map in the Catskills should be running from the rain we’ve had so far this season.
Forecast (reporting for Mt. Tremper, NY): Friday, chance of showers between 8am and 2pm, high near 65°. Friday night, partly cloudy with a low near 51°. Saturday, mostly sunny with a high near 78°. Saturday night, a chance of showers with a low near 59°. Sunday, showers likely, a high near 77°. Sunday night, a chance of showers with a low around 63°.
Fishing: Fishing season is open for the spring and summer and a fishing license is required. The Catskills Visitor Center (5096 State Route 28, Mt. Tremper, NY 12457) is issuing fishing licenses throughout the season.
Camping: State campgrounds throughout the Catskills have reopened for the season. As sites fill up quickly, it’s recommended that you reserve in advance through the Reserve America website. Take a look at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s guidelines for best camping practices, whether you’re staying at a state campground or backcountry camping.
Carry It In, Carry It Out: The Catskill Park is a carry it in, carry it out park—please be sure to hike out all of your trash and dispose of it properly!
Insects and Ticks: Ticks are here in the Catskills. Some of the best ways to prevent tick bites are to check yourself regularly, wear lighter colors if possible, and consider treating your clothing with permethrin, which stays on fabric through many washes. Permethrin on clothes also helps to keep black flies at bay. Check out our recommendations for tick and bug safety.
The Catskills Leave No Trace Tip of the Week: Essential skills and outdoor ethics are crucial for enjoying the Catskill Park in a safe and responsible manner. Read on to discover a top Leave No Trace Catskills consideration this week.
Travel on Durable Surfaces - It can be tempting to walk on the often less muddy “rails” of the trail, the sides that are not technically part of the trail itself. If you find yourself walking on those areas, be mindful that over time this can increase erosion and soil compaction, depleting trees of the oxygen they need to survive. It also widens trails over time, creating more of an impact by people. When in doubt, hike slower and take caution walking through sections of mud.
In An Emergency: Report backcountry emergencies, such as lost or injured hikers and forest fires to the DEC Forest Rangers at 518-408-5850 or call 911.
Weather: Be aware of and prepared for changing weather conditions in the Catskills. Stay current with the National Weather Service Weather Forecast. The NY Mesonet has stations in and just outside of Catskills that provide real time weather data and forecasts. Hudson Valley Weather provides detailed forecasts for the Hudson Valley and the Catskills.
Thunderstorms and Lightning Safety for Hikers: When lightning strikes, make sure you are out of the way! Lightning Safety Tips for hikers from the American Hiking Society.
The Congressman Maurice D. Hinchey Catskills Visitor Center (CVC) hosts a weather station in the MesoWest Network. Check the current weather conditions. The Center is located at 5096 Route 28 in Mt Tremper, NY. We’re open seven days a week from 9am through 4pm. The Center’s gift shop also carries trail maps, trail guides and more for purchase.
Call us at the Catskills Visitor Center Center: 845-688-3369 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Catskill Stewards at the Peekamoose Blue Hole, Kaaterskill Falls and Platte Clove: The Catskill Center’s Catskill Steward Program has launched for the 2019 season. Stewards will be present at the Peekamoose Blue Hole and Kaaterskill Falls (by the Upper Falls Parking Area) Thursdays through Mondays. A Steward will be present at Platte Clove Saturday and Sundays.