Free Trail Maps

Name of mapsort icon State Region Park Date Provider
Appalachian Trail – Dutchess & Putnam Counties Trail Map Brochure NY Appalachian Trail Region | Hiking the AT in NY and NJ Appalachian National Scenic Trail 04/05/2012 *NYNJTC
Appalachian Trail – Dutchess County Trail Map Brochure NY Appalachian Trail Region | Hiking the AT in NY and NJ Appalachian National Scenic Trail 04/05/2012 *NYNJTC
Appalachian Trail – Pochuck Boardwalk Trail Map NJ Appalachian Trail Region | Hiking the AT in NY and NJ Appalachian National Scenic Trail 09/08/2010 *NYNJTC
Bear Mountain Day Hikes Map NY Harriman-Bear Mountain State Parks Region Harriman-Bear Mountain State Parks 07/29/2013 *NYNJTC
Blue Mountain Loop NJ West Jersey Trails Stokes State Forest Stokes State Forest
Camp Smith Trail NY East Hudson Highlands Region Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve 01/01/2002 *NYNYTC
Campgaw Mountain County Reservation Map NJ Ramapo Mountains Region Campgaw Mountain County Reservation 10/21/2015 *NYNJTC
Catskill Fire Towers – Balsam Lake Mountain Trail Map NY Catskill Mountains Region Catskill Park 05/05/2014 *NYNJTC
Catskill Fire Towers – Hunter Mountain Trail Map NY Catskill Mountains Region Catskill Park 05/05/2014 *NYNJTC
Catskill Fire Towers – Overlook Mountain Trail Map NY Catskill Mountains Region Catskill Park 05/05/2014 *NYNJTC
Catskill Fire Towers – Red Hill Trail Map NY Catskill Mountains Region Catskill Park 05/05/2014 *NYNJTC
Catskill Fire Towers – Tremper Mountain Trail Map NY Catskill Mountains Region Catskill Park 05/05/2014 *NYNJTC
Catskills – Kaaterskill Falls & North/South Lake Trail Map NY Catskill Mountains Region Catskill Park 09/05/2014 *NYNJTC
Dover Stone Church Preserve Trail Map NY Dutchess County Region Dover Stone Church 08/06/2015 Dutchess Land Conservancy
Fahnestock State Park Brochure Map NY Fahnestock State Park Region Fahnestock State Park [Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park] 04/01/2008 *NYNJTC
Franklin Lakes Nature Preserve Trail Map NJ Watchungs Region Franklin Lakes Nature Preserve 04/22/2015 *NYNJTC
Garret Mountain Reservation Trail Map NJ Watchungs Region Garret Mountain Reservation 11/25/2009 Friends of Garret Mountain Reservation
Granite Knolls Park Trail Map NY Westchester County Region Granite Knolls Park 06/19/2015 *NYNJTC
Hilltop Reservation Trail Map NJ Watchungs Region Hilltop Reservation 04/01/2014 Hilltop Conservancy
Historic Rivertowns Circuit NY East Hudson Highlands Region 04/23/2013 Rivertowns Tourism Board
Huckleberry Ridge State Forest Trail Map NY Shawangunk Ridge Trail | Hike the Shawangunk Ridge Trail Huckleberry Ridge State Forest 08/06/2015 *NYNJTC
Jenny Jump State Forest Trail Map NJ Kittatinnies Region Jenny Jump State Forest 06/22/2011 *NYNJTC
John Boyd Thacher State Park Trail Map NY Long Path North John Boyd Thacher State Park 06/01/2008 *NYNJTC
Long Path – Northern Minnewaska Trail Map NY Shawangunk Mountains Region Minnewaska State Park Preserve 09/17/2012 *NYNJTC
Long Path Relocation in the Catskills, 2014 Trail Map NY Catskill Mountains Region Catskills — Central 06/05/2014 *NYNJTC
Mayapple Hill NJ Watchungs Region South Mountain Reservation 12/07/2012
Mountainside Park NJ Trail Map NJ Morris County Region Mountainside Park (Pequannock, N.J.) 09/27/2011 *NYNJTC
Neversink Gorge Trail Map NY Catskill Mountains Region 11/19/2010 *NYNJTC
NJ State Park Maps NJ 08/11/2015 *NYNJTC
Norvin Green Trail Map Brochure NJ Wyanokies Region Norvin Green State Forest 06/10/2013 *NYNJTC
Pyramid Mountain Detail Map NJ Morris County Region Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area 04/20/2011 *NYNJTC
Ramapo Valley County Reservation Trail Map NJ Ramapo Mountains Region Ramapo Valley County Reservation 04/07/2015 *NYNJTC
Rockefeller State Park Preserve NY Westchester County Region Rockefeller State Park Preserve 11/07/2011 OPRHP
Rockefeller State Park Preserve NY Westchester County Region Rockefeller State Park Preserve OPRHP
Rockleigh Woods Sanctuary & Lamont Reserve Trail Map NJ Palisades Region Rockleigh Woods Sanctuary 07/01/2015 *NYNJTC
Shavertown Trail in Catskills Trail Map NY Catskill Mountains Region 04/16/2014 *NYNJTC
Shawangunk Ridge Trail Maps NY Shawangunk Ridge Trail | Hike the Shawangunk Ridge Trail 09/05/2014 *NYNJTC
Silas Condict County Park Trail Map NJ Morris County Region Silas Condict County Park 08/09/2011 *NYNJTC
Stephens State Park Detail Map NJ Morris County Region Stephens State Park 04/20/2011 *NYNJTC
Sylvan Glen Nature Preserve Trail Map NY Westchester County Region Sylvan Glen Park Preserve 06/19/2015 *NYNJTC
Taconic Trails NY East Hudson Trails Taconic State Park 01/09/1991 Taconic Trails Project
Taxter Ridge Park Preserve NY Westchester County Region Taxter Ridge Park Preserve 07/27/2012 Town of Greenburgh Parks & Recreation
Teatown-Kitchawan Trail Map NY Westchester County Region Teatown Lake Reservation 10/06/2010 *NYNJTC
Ted Stiles Preserve at Baldpate Mountain Trail Map NJ Central Jersey Region Ted Stiles Preserve at Baldpate Mountain 01/04/2012 Mercer County Park Commission
Turkey Mountain Nature Preserve Trail Map NY Westchester County Region Turkey Mountain Nature Preserve 06/19/2015 *NYNJTC
Walkable Westchester Locator Map NY Westchester County Region 02/28/2014 *NYNYTC
Wappinger Greenway Trail, Northern Section Map NY Dutchess County Region 06/23/2011 Wappinger Greenway Committee
Wonder Lake Trail Map NY Fahnestock State Park Region Wonder Lake State Park 02/14/2012 *NYNJTC
Woodlands Legacy Field Park Trail Map NY Westchester County Region Woodlands Legacy Field Park 06/19/2015 *NYNJTC

Catskill 3500’s

There are 35 mountain peaks in the Catskills that exceed 3500 feet. All but two are within the Catskill Park. Many have trails to the summits but some must be “bushwhacked”. Suggestions for hiking the trailed peaks are usually pretty clear. Several different routes may be used and, at times, some cautions are in order. Directions for hiking the trailless peaks are more varied. First, make sure you have a good map and compass. A GPS can be very helpful also particularly in locating the canisters that are at the summits of many of these peaks. Many of these ascents simply consist of parking somewhere and going up.

Click on any peak’s name to get a description of some of the routes that you can take to approach that peak.

RANK NAME ELEV LOCATION ACCESS LAT – LONG
1 Slide 4180 Southern Catskills Trail N41.9992 W74.3862
2 Hunter 4040 Central Catskills Trail N42.1775 W74.2308
3 Black Dome 3980 Northern Catskills Trail N42.2700 W74.1231
4 Blackhead 3940 Northern Catskills Trail N42.2677 W74.1053
5 Thomas Cole 3940 Northern Catskills Trail N42.2708 W74.1369
6 West Kill 3880 Central Catskills Trail N42.1678 W74.2900
7 Graham 3868 Southwest Catskills Bushwhack w/o canister N42.0392 W74.5500
8 Doubletop 3860 Southwest Catskills Bushwhack w/ canister N42.0275 W74.5286
9 Cornell 3860 Southern Catskills Trail N42.0014 W74.3572
10 Table 3847 Southern Catskills Trail N41.9586 W74.4053
11 Peekamoose 3843 Southern Catskills Trail N41.9531 W74.3986
12 Plateau 3840 Central Catskills Trail N42.1380 W74.1747
13 Sugarloaf 3800 Central Catskills Trail N42.1311 W74.1506
14 Wittenberg 3780 Southern Catskills Trail N42.0081 W74.3478
15 Southwest Hunter 3740 Central Catskills Bushwhack w/ canister N42.1625 W74.2439
16 Balsam Lake 3723 Southwest Catskills Trail N42.0458 W74.5944
17 Lone 3721 Southern Catskills Bushwhack w/ canister N41.9692 W74.3897
18 Panther 3720 Southern Catskills Trail N42.0564 W74.3950
19 Big Indian 3700 Southwest Catskills Trail w/ short bushwhack N42.0350 W74.4969
20 Friday 3694 Southern Catskills Bushwhack w/ canister N41.9875 W74.3625
21 Rusk 3680 Central Catskills Bushwhack w/ canister N42.2006 W74.2775
22 Kaaterskill High Peak 3655 Northern Catskills Trail w/ short bushwhack N42.1619 W74.0806
23 Twin 3640 Central Catskills Trail N42.1256 W74.1294
24 Balsam Cap 3623 Southern Catskills Bushwhack w/ canister N41.9769 W74.3578
25 Fir 3620 Southern Catskills Bushwhack w/ canister N42.0275 W74.4694
26 North Dome 3610 Central Catskills Bushwhack w/ canister N42.1733 W74.3494
27 Eagle 3600 Southern Catskills Trail N42.0619 W74.5097
28 Balsam 3600 Northwest Catskills Trail N42.0908 W74.4886
29 Bearpen 3600 Northwest Catskills Bushwhack w/o canister N42.2652 W74.4741
30 Indian Head 3573 Central Catskills Trail N42.1161 W74.1150
31 Sherrill 3540 Central Catskills Bushwhack w/ canister N42.1756 W74.3733
32 Halcott 3537 Central Catskills Bushwhack w/ canister N42.1800 W74.4383
33 Vly 3529 Northwest Catskills Bushwhack w/ canister N42.2453 W74.4464
34 Windham High Peak 3524 Northern Catskills Trail N42.3147 W74.1439
35 Rocky 3508 Southern Catskills Bushwhack w/ canister N41.9721 W74.3731

 

LEG CRAMPS

: Leg cramps can be a problem during or after a hike. Leg cramps are caused by your body not having enough Potassium. There are certain foods that are high in potassium.
    Bananas (400 mg per 100 grams of food)
    Yogurt (531 mg per 8 oz)
    Dried Apricots (1380 mg per 100 grams of food)
    Nuts (600 mg per 100 grams of food)
    Figs (900 mg per 100 grams of food)
    Raisins (1020 mg per 100 grams of food)
    Dried Fruit (880 mg per 100 grams of food)
    Baked Potato (600 mg per 100 grams of food)
    Beans (700-1300 mg per cup of food)
You need 3,500 mg of potassium per day. 18,000 mg of potassium per day is considered too much. Keeping your potassium level up days before hiking will help prevent cramps. You should also take potassium rich foods right after a hike to prevent cramping in the evening. Sodium (salt) rich foods will compete with the potassium and deplete your body of potassium.

The second part of the equation for preventing leg cramps is being hydrated. Water is needed to wash the lactic acid out of your muscles. If you are dehydrated then your body cannot get rid of the lactic acid. This will cause you to cramp significantly more. It is important to keep hydrated during your hike. Right after you finish your hike drink lots of water until you are fully hydrated. Fully hydrated means that you have to use the bathroom often, and your urine is pale yellow.

If you continue to get cramps use Aleve, Advil, etc to reduce cramps.

LEDGES & WATERFALLS:

 Ledges and Waterfalls are where most serious injuries and deaths occur. Most people underestimate the danger. There are several ways of falling off ledges or waterfalls. Some people walk in the water on the edge of the water falls. Algae often grows on the rocks, and people slip on the slick algae covered rocks. Do not walk in the water near the edge of the falls. People try to cross the stream above the waterfalls and fall in the water and are swept over the falls. Standing on the edge of any ledge can cause you to be sucked over the ledge. Whenever the wind is blowing it causes the wind to blow up the cliff pas the ledge. There is a concept called the Bernoulli’s Principle. Bernoulli’s Principle will cause a suction perpendicular to direction of the wind. This can cause you to be sucked off the ledge. So, always stay back from the edge of the ledge.
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The picture on the left is the the top of Kaaterskill Falls. There have been many death over the years at Kaaterskill Falls. Only one person has survived from falling off the upper falls.

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The All Trails Hiking Challenge: Redlining the Catskills

How well do you know the Catskills? Measuring nearly 60 miles by 40 miles as the crow flies, the Catskill Park covers over 1100 square miles, making it one of the largest parks in America. There are nearly 350 miles of hiking trails within the ‘blue line’ that marks the boundaries of the Catskill Park on maps. The Park contains well over 700,000 acres, and nearly 300,000 acres of those are constitutionally protected forest preserve. When most people think of hiking in the Catskills, they naturally think of climbing mountains, especially the high peaks. Many hikers look at the maps and are aware of all the trails that lead to smaller mountain summits, to waterfalls, and to ponds. Perhaps they hike a few of them, but most never quite get around to the others, if they think of them at all. They don’t know what they’re missing!

Redlining, or hiking all of a trail or a set of trails, has been popular for many years. Of America’s many long distance trails, two pass through the Catskills: the Long Path and the Finger Lakes Trail. Many backpackers and day hikers come to the Catskills to hike the Park’s two best known wholly contained trails, the Escarpment Trail and the Devil’s Path.

The Catskill Mountain Club is happy to announce an initiative to help raise awareness of all these uniquely interesting trails, each one leading to features that promise an outdoor experience worth having. The awarding of a Certificate of Completion plus a Catskills All Trails (CATs) Patch to those who hike all of the designated hiking trails in the Catskill Park will provide an additional incentive to make that extra effort. We hope you take this Catskills All Trails Challenge and discover for yourself all that the Park’s trails offer. And we hope you will share your experiences and knowledge with others.

You can get started any time! Simply download the List of Trails and go. Both the Excel and the Word files can be edited by you so that you can keep track of the dates of your hikes and of any comments about your experiences that you’d like to make. Additionally, there is a PDF file to use for a printed list that you can carry with you for note taking. And be sure to check the Qualifications so that you can maintain adequate records and fulfill all requirements. In them you’ll find out more about the award and about the Application for recognition of your achievements. See you at the awards ceremony!

Want to join a group to report Catskills Trail Conditions? Click here.