Trails in portions of the Catskills are closed until further notice

The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation has closed all trails on the Forest Preserve of the Catskill State Park in Ulster and Greene Counties until further notice as of Thursday, September 8, 2011.

Per DEC: "Unsafe conditions remain in much of the backcountry of the Catskills due to the aftermath of Hurricane Irene and heavy rains which continue to cause flooding, bridge wash outs, trail wash outs, downed trees and other debris. In addition, many local roads are closed or only single lane traffic. As a result, DEC has received local requests to close trail heads in these impacted areas in an attempt to keep the roads open for local residents and emergency vehicles."

The information on the DEC website can be found here.

The Trail Conference is maintaining a Trail Status Page here.

Trails in the Catskill region in Sullivan and Delaware Counties (including the Dry Brook Ridge and the Huckleberry Loop Trails) remain open for use if the trailheads are accessible and roadways are not washed out.

We will be providing updated information on this story as it develops.