THE CATSKILLS are a special place. It is a a mountainous environ of peaks, valleys, cloves, notches, ravines, hollows, forests, rivers, lakes, glens, cascades, waterfalls and varying ecosystems.

 

There are quaint towns, rural farms, scenic roads, old barns, stone walls, fire towers, swimming holes, mom-and-pop shops, b&b's and restaurants. You will find hikers and runners, fisherman and tubers, hunters and ice-climbers, kayakers and snow-mobilers, bicyclists and skiers, bird watchers and thinkers, photographers and painters, writers and poets, antiquers and chefs.

 

You will find the introverted artist and the extroverted outdoorsman, the gregarious art galler owner and the hermit-like recluse, the city out-of-towner and the rugged local all devotedly joined together in appreciation of the environ that surrounds them. Indian legends, early pioneer lore, influential 19th century commerce, unique characters and, eventually, natural preservation add even more to the colorful story of this beautiful and remarkable region.

 

Put it all together and you have a region that is nothing short of a nature lover's paradise and a photographer's dream. It is my favorite location on earth.

 

Sunset Rock along the Escarpment Trail is one of the finest views in the Catskills.Sunset RockSunset Rock is one of the finest views in all of the Catskill Park. Its open ledge area overlooks North and South Lakes and South Mountain (2,460 feet), with Kaaterskill High Peak (3,655 feet) and Roundtop Mountain (3,440 feet) hovering in the background to the south west. The ridge of North Mountain can be seen towards the northwest. The Hudson Valley can be seen. Sunset Rock’s picturesque beauty made it a favorite location for both visitors to the famed Catskill Mountain House, once one of the most famous hotels in the world, and many of the early Hudson River School artists of the 19th century, including Thomas Cole and Jasper Cropsey. Today, it continues as one of the most popular hiking destinations in the Catskills.