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Close to New York City, the Catskills region features legendary mountains and splendid accommodations ranging from world-famous resorts to dude ranches. Free from the maddening crowds, Catskill activities are for all seasons - antiquing, historic sites, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, hunting, canoeing, skiing, snow shoeing.

Ski resorts offer entertainment year round, from art fairs to music and ethnic dance celebrations. A Catskill streams and rivers yield some of the best trout fishing in the nation, and the Catskill Fly Fishing Center offers a variety of programs to delight anglers.

In the Catskills you can choose from a full range of exciting activities or simply enjoy the fresh mountain air and quiet charm of this delightful vacation region.

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The Catskill Mountains or the Catskills are a large area in the southeastern portion of the U.S. state of New York. They are located approximately 100 miles north-northwest of New York City and 40 miles southwest of Albany, starting just west of the Hudson River. Many visitors, including owners of weekend or vacation homes in the region, seem to consider almost anything that is west of the Hudson and sufficiently rural, yet within a short drive of New York City, to be in the Catskills.

Esopus Creek is a 65.4-mile) tributary of the Hudson River, starting at Winnisook Lake on Slide Mountain. It flows across Ulster County to the Hudson River at Saugerties. The Esopus is noted for making an almost 270 degree turn around Panther Mountain, following a buried 6-mile impact crater rim. It is famous for tubing, a sport of rafting down a river in an inner tube. Many tubers begin their trip at Phoenicia, New York and head down the creek towards the Ashokan Reservoir at Olive, New York. The Ashokan Reservoir is part of the New York City water supply system, fishing is allowed under permit but swimming and most other recreational uses are forbidden. River canoeing and kayaking are popular. There are 42 kayakable rapids ranging from class I to V+.

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The Catskill Mountains have one of the largest and most complex natural areas in the eastern half of the United States. There are about 600,000 acres in the Catskill Park which include many hiking and camping locations. Some notable spots to camp in the Catskills would be Little Pond, Bear Spring Mountain, North-South lake, and Mongaup Pond.

There are five main downhill ski areas. They include Hunter Mountain in Hunter, New York, Windham Mountain in Windham, New York, Belleayre Mountain in Ulster County, New York, Plattekill Mountain in Roxbury, New York, and Holiday Mountain Ski and Fun in Monticello, New York. Belleayre Mountain is run by the Olympic Regional Development Authority. In addition to snow boarding and skiing, Windham Mountain is also the home of the Adaptive Sports Foundation which provides the physical and intellectually disabled with lessons on how to ski, snow tube, snowboard, bike ride, and a various amount of other types of sports.

Road and mountain bicycling are popular in the range. Bicycle racing includes The Tour of the Catskills, a three-day road stage race held in Green and Ulster counties each summer, and the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Windham. Other cycling resources include the Catskill Scenic Trail and the Headwaters Trails in Stamford. Several ski centers provide downhill mountain bicycling in the warmer months.

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