NY: Catskills Region- Woodstock- Overlook Mountain (Hiking)

Not too far from CT, a couple of hour drive, is an achievable hike to the Overlook Mountain Fire Tower in Woodstock, NY.

The 2.5 mile hike up offers the remnant of an old Stone Hotel around mile marker 1.9.

It’s an easy hike up when you consider you are walking up a gravel road. However the grade is pretty steep at points. There were rocks along the sides where you could in theory sit a moment but the area speaks of timber rattlesnakes as a true concern.

The top of the creaky fire tower offers 360 views. I could only make it to the third platform as I was too chicken. The tower is listed on the National Historic Lookout Register

I hear this is where the rattlesnakes are most prevalent so stay on the trail. Apparently they come out mid day for some sun. I read there are the most here in comparison to any of the other Catskill mountain hikes.

Then there was the overlook on a ledge with expansive views of the Catskills, Ashokan Reservoir and the Hudson River. Some folks were able to sit right to the edge! No way. This was close enough for me.

There are even ranger volunteers at the top sharing a bit of history as well as providing some water for a donation of your choice.

Parking is for about 20 cars. I recommend going early if it’s a hot day.

Definitely enjoy a walk and lunch following in the town of Woodstock. I treated myself to a lovely meal at Cucina and a small “Joe Cocker” cupcake as a little reward at Peace, Love and cupcakes.

I’ll be honest, I was pooped! But it was a physically and mentally rewarding day!

Published by Belinda Sheets

This is a non-promotional blog. I am not a photographer nor am I selling anything through this blog. Professionally I am a Business Transformation Specialist focused on gaining efficiencies and reducing costs for major corporations. Recent life experiences made me better appreciate the present and all that can be seen by increasing my focus and attention on my surroundings. I always enjoyed going out and exercising and I would look but I did not see as my attention was on resolving some problem. Captured through pictures and sharing insights about various locations, I hope others can enjoy my research and insights and allow themselves to pause a few moments and truly appreciate and learn new things. When you follow me that is my only gift. To know I have touched you enough to want to follow the blog. Respectfully (Stay Safe), Belinda Sheets Business Transformation professional with interests in photography, hiking, bicycling and kayaking and learning how to be present.

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