Vacation Spotlight: A trip to New York’s Catskill Mountains
There is a parking lot located on Route 23A. You will find a parking lot there. From here, you will follow the signs and walk along the road until you reach the trail. Be careful as a lot of accidents take place here each year! Bastion Falls, another smaller, yet still scenic waterfall, greets you as you begin the trail.
A few views of Bation Falls
The Ashokan Reservor
Ashokan Reservoir, located in Ulster County, provides drinking water for New York City. There is a 1.5 mile paved path around the reservoir, which provides amazing views of the Catskill Mountains. We decided to take the 10 minute journey from Emerson one afternoon to take in the beautiful mountain views.
We spotted a deer on the drive over
Walkway over the Hudson
The Walkway over the Hudson, which opened in 2009, is the longest pedestrian bridge in the world. The path is 1.28 miles each way, making it acceptable for any fitness level. We saw walkers, joggers, and bikers along the path. History buffs will love the plaques along the way detailing the bridge building process.
Beautiful river and bridge views from the walkway
Photographers will appreciate the many opportunities for landscape photos, particularly of the surrounding Catskill mountains and Hudson River. This walkway is frequently voted as one of the best places in New York for fall foliage. Unfortunately we were just a few weeks too early! Nevertheless, we still enjoyed our peaceful walk. The bridge is open everyday from 7:00am until dusk. Restrooms, picnic tables, and food are available at the start. Free street parking is available at 87 Haviland Rd. Highland, NY
Overall, Mike and I loved our trip to the Catskill Mountains. There is so much more to see and do in the area that we are planning a return trip sometime this fall or winter. We would love to take a scenic train rides (closed on weekdays). Ulster County is also home to the Sleepy Hollow Headless Horseman Haunted Hayride, which has been featured on the Travel Channel as one of the top Halloween attractions.