best hikes near Woodstock NY: catskills sunrise/sunset view

The 7 Best Hikes Near Woodstock NY

The very best hikes near Woodstock, New York. And they’re all family-friendly!

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Best Hiking Boots of 2024

Hot brand information and my recommendations for the best hiking boots right now.

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Catskills Fire Tower Challenge 2024

Everything you need to complete the Catskills Fire Tower Challenge.

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cascade’s open rocky summit

Cascade & Porter Hike

This entry-level Adirondack High Peak hike is a great introduction to the rigors of mountain hiking: rough trails, rocky scrambles and incredible views make this short day-hike super rewarding.

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Hadley Mountain Fire Tower

Delightful trails and gorgeous views. Hadley Mountain Fire Tower has a lot you’ll love.

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Ditch the Switch: The Case for Year-Round Daylight Saving Time

Our twice-yearly switch between Daylight Saving Time and standard time is disruptive, damaging, and dangerous. It needs to end.

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Indian Head Catskills Hike

Indian Head is my absolute favorite single-mountain hike in the Catskills.

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Fall Foliage Catskills

Catskills & Adirondacks Fall Foliage Reports 2023

The best Catskills Fall Foliage Report because it’s direct from the Catskills!

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Sean Dix Range

Why Turning Around is the Boldest Move

Press on or turn back? This split second decision can be life-altering.

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12 Best Fall Foliage Hikes in the Catskills

When the fall foliage hits, the Catskills offer a true golden spectacle. Here are a the most popular Catskills hikes to view the autumn extravaganza.

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The 10 Essentials: What to Pack for Every Hike

The 10 Essentials is a list of items you should carry on every trip into the backcountry.

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Hiker at Ashokan Quarry Trail

6 Easy Catskills Hikes

Want a deep Catskills experience without the angst of a rigorous mountain hike? These are the hikes for you.

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Walk Through Mud

Here are three great reasons to always walk directly down the middle of every trail, and especially through any mud puddles or water you find on the trail.

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Tick Season Tactics for Hikers

Tick season sucks. When to worry, where to look, how to avoid, the best ways to prevent, and how to treat any tick bites you find.

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view from balsam lake fire tower of balsam forest below

Balsam Lake Fire Tower (updated)

Incredible 360° wilderness views make this hike spectacular at any time of year.

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hiker in Diamond Notch Hollow

Diamond Notch Falls via Diamond Notch Road

This excellent alternate route to Diamond Notch Falls is moderately challenging with a great scenic view.

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