The Great Northern Catskills—Offering Outdoor Exploration & Friendly Competition

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Don’t Miss Exhilarating Outdoor Activities & Sporting Events All Summer Long

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This summer, awaken to adventure in the Great Northern Catskills! Get outside and explore, from the highest mountain peaks, to the historic Hudson River and everything in between. Located just two hours from metro New York and 3 hours from Boston, the Northern Catskills are the perfect family vacation destination, offering an array of Catskills outdoor activities and sporting events, all summer long.

The Northern Catskills boast 5 of the 10 highest peaks of the Catskill range, all with elevations over 3,500 feet. There are opportunities for all-day excursions or easy walks through the woods. Take a scenic hike to Kaaterskill Falls, the highest cascading waterfall in New York State. It's a 260 foot, two-tiered waterfall that has attracted tourists, poets and painters since the early 1800s. Other popular Catskills hiking trails include Diamond Notch Falls, the Hunter Mountain Fire Tower Hike, Newman’s Ledge and the Catskill Mountain House site at North-South Lake State Park.

The region’s vast wilderness also lends itself it to camping adventures of all kinds—from the area’s two state campgrounds - Devils Tombstone and North-South Lake, to nearly a dozen privately-owned campgrounds and an assortment of cabins. Or if you prefer, pitch your tent under a pine grove and experience the solitude of a starry mountain night.

For thrill seekers and biking enthusiasts, don’t miss the UCI MTB World Cup Bike Race at Windham Mountain, July 7-10, 2011, featuring cross country and downhill events. Or check out the 4th annual Tour of the Catskills, America’s largest Pro/Am stage race, on August 5th and 7th. For a longer ride, sign up for the 7th annual 6-day, 200-mile Great Hudson Valley Pedal through the historic Hudson Valley on August 16-21, 2011.

Other summer sports competitions include the 11th annual Great Hudson River Paddle, Rumble in the Catskills III—an amateur boxing tournament, the Windham Warrior Dash—a 3.2 mile obstacle course race, and the Round Top Rally Mountain Bike Race— the New York State Championship Series Finale.

The Great Northern Catskills are a four season, affordable family vacation destination offering popular New York all-inclusive family resorts, fun attractions and endless opportunities for outdoor exploration. From bike races, to scenic hikes, to boxing matches and obstacle course races, there is no shortage of action-packed sporting adventure. Discover the many unique Catskills events and activities held throughout the summer. Awaken to adventure in the Great Northern Catskills!

About The Great Northern Catskills of Greene County:
Greene County is located in the Great Northern Catskill Mountains and the verdant Hudson River Valley. The region is home to five of the 10 highest Catskill peaks and the Catskill State Park. Greene County is renowned as the home of Thomas Cole’s Hudson River School of Landscape Painting and the inspiration for Washington Irving’s literary legend, Rip Van Winkle, and was named in honor of American Revolutionary War General Nathanael Greene. This 286,000 acre wilderness offers abundant year-round outdoor recreation and unique cultural events. For more information please visit or connect with the Great Northern Catskills of Greene County on Facebook.


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