News: I Love My Park Day in the Catskills | May 7, 2016

At this year's I Love My Park Day (which is celebrated in Parks across NY), the Catskills are representing with two events! A litter clean-up at Colgate Lake and a tree planting and stream side buffer restoration project at the Catskill Interpretive Center. Both are free events that are open to the public but do require registration.

Event details:

Start time: 9:30 AM
End Time: 3:00 PM

Colgate Lake Wild Forest is a highly used recreation area for camping, hiking, and fishing during the summer months. This event will involve cleaning up primitive campsites and around Colgate Lake Recreation area, breakdown of unauthorized campsites, and some minor trail work. All ages welcome. Volunteers should wear boots and bring garden/work gloves, water, a snack and lunch, as well as shovels, rakes, and clippers.

Start time: 9:00 AM
End time: 4:00 PM

Volunteers at this event will plant trees, install riparian vegetation, help with the removal of invasive species, and partake in some light trail maintenance. Volunteers should wear appropriate clothing and footwear for planting activities and bring lunch, water and snacks. All ages are welcome.

For more information and to register for either of these events, please visit the Parks and Trails website for I Love My Park Day.

Need more information on hiking and planning your 
trips to the Catskills and the Catskill Park?

Need a hiking map for your hikes in the Catskills? We recommend the Trail Conference's Catskills Trails 6-Map Set. These maps are the best available for hiking and outdoor adventures in the Catskills and the Catskill Park. The Catskill Center offers a regional map of the Catskills that provides an excellent overview of the region, it's roadways, attractions and trails. National Geographic Trails Illustrated also produces a map for the region. 

How about a guidebook? Both AMC and ADK publish trail guides to the Catskill Region and thAdventures in the Outdoors Bookstore carries many more books and maps that will help you as you hike and explore the Catskill Mountains region. 

If you are looking for more information about the extensive history of the Catskill Mountains and the Catskill Park, we would suggest reading The Catskills, From Wilderness to Woodstock and The Catskill Park, Inside the Blue Line. For the most comprehensive natural history of the Catskill Park and the Forests of the Catskill region, we recommend reading The Catskill Forest, a History by Michael Kudish.