The Catskills are one of the oldest mountains in the world and used to be connected to the Alps before the continental divide. Aside from its natural splendor, the area offers such activities as canoeing, hiking, horseback riding, and cross country skiing. For avid downhill skiers, the noted Belleayre and Hunter Mountain resorts are within easy reach. For cultural pursuits, Menla Mountain is located near the famous town of Woodstock, noted for its art galleries, music, and shopping.
The Catskill ecosystem is also home to the bobcat, coyote, and fisher cat. The rivers, ponds and streams of the Catskill Mountains are also home to beaver, the largest rodent found in the United States.
The black bear is a native of the region, though there is no cause for alarm, as they are rarely seen and tend to be more afraid of humans than humans are of them.
Smaller Mammals Smaller mammals living in the Catskill territory include the mink, woodchuck, muskrat, red fox, gray fox, and opossum. Various types of moles, such as the eastern mole and the star-nosed species, inhabit this section of New York, as do meadow and woodland voles.
Reptiles and Amphibians
LOCAL ACTIVITIES & INTERESTS WITHIN EASY DRIVING DISTANCE
1) The Catskill Forest Preserve is 300,000 acres of unspoiled woods, which the New York State constitution has deemed “Forever Wild,” never to be commercially developed. The Catskills offer numerous hiking trails, from easy strolls through the woods to very challenging hikes with rewarding views. Maps are available at Morne Imports and the Phoenicia Library.
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1) Brio’s offers something for everyone. Order omelettes or pancakes for breakfast, or burgers and sandwiches for lunch. For dinner choose from Tex-Mex, seafood platters, barbecued ribs, New York sirloin strips, gourmet pizzas, and much more. Right next door, you’ll find the Sportsman’s Alamo Cantina Tex-Mex Bar and Grill.