Between the fall colors starting to emerge, festivals to enjoy, and the cool, dry temperatures, there’s hardly a better time to be outdoors in the Catskills. Continuing following best Leave No Trace practices whether you’re in the woods or out and encourage others to do the same!
Trail Conditions: In the Catskills and region-wide it’s been very dry the last few weeks. If you’re relying on a water source on a map while out hiking, prepare for the possibility that it will be running lower than usual. Pack extra water to be safe! If you’re planning to have a fire at a designated site, be aware that the risks of forest fire go up when conditions are drier. Please visit the DEC’s site Fire Safety When Camping for more information.
Fall Foliage: Throughout the state, colors are emerging! I Love NY has a great, weekly-updated Fall Foliage Report to keep you in the know about the best areas to see leaves changing.
Forecast (reporting for Mt. Tremper, NY): Friday, sunny with a high near 69. Friday night, mostly clear, low around 51. Saturday, mostly sunny with a high of 77. Saturday night, low of 56, scattered showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Sunday, mostly sunny with a high near 69. Sunday night, mostly clear, low around 45. (Source: National Weather Service, NOAA)
Regional Outdoor Events: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has a schedule of free guided Catskills hikes now throughout the fall.
A partnership between several nonprofit hiking and environmental organizations, Lark in the Park is happening October 5th through the 14th all throughout the Catskills region featuring hikes, paddles, art events and more with local experts.
This weekend on Saturday the 28th and Sunday the 29th the Garlic Festival is happening in Saugerties, NY.
Here at the Catskills Visitor Center, we’re having a fun, family-friendly afternoon on Saturday the 28th. Popcorn and a Show! from 1-3 featuring a science show, live music, and free popcorn all happening in our outdoor facilities.
Peekamoose Blue Hole: No permit is required from now through the end of 2019. Continue following Leave No Trace and please Carry Out What You Carry In if you visit the Blue Hole or any other area of the Catskill Forest Preserve!
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.
Hunting: September marks the beginning of the hunting season in New York. At the moment bear hunting is in effect, as is small game including Ruffed Grouse. Before hunting, visit the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s website to review season dates, regulations, and more. Other outdoor recreationists should stick to marked trails and wear brightly colored clothing.
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!
The Catskills Stewards 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 hike safe consideration this week.
How to Positively Influence Your Friends to Leave No Trace: “Wild nature can be said to have its own authority. Nature has her own rules… Wilderness areas are among the few places on earth where we have agreed to allow nature, for the most part, to operate on her own terms.” Authority of the Resource Technique will become your new best friend for defending the outdoors while removing the tension that can often occur in these situations!
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.
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 email@example.com.