The Central Catskills Great Outdoor Experience

Governor signs the Catskill Mountains Scenic Byway Legislation



The 52-mile Catskill Mountains Scenic Byway (CMSB) is your gateway to the Central Catskills in southeastern New York State. The Byway begins at the eastern border of the town of Olive on NYS Route 28, about 10 miles west of Exit 19 of the NYS Thruway at Kingston and follows Route 28 North to the hamlet of Andes. The Ulster County portions of NYS Routes 214 and 42 are also part of the State-designated Byway, providing connections to Greene County and the Mountain Cloves Scenic Byway.

The CMSB runs through the Towns of Olive and Shandaken in Ulster County, and Middletown and Andes in Delaware County. Along the route, the byway parts with Route 28 for short distances, entering the hamlets of Phoenicia and Pine Hill and the villages of Fleischmanns and Margaretville before rejoining 28.


The CMSB follows the Esopus Creek, which originates on the flanks of the Catskills’ highest peak (4200-foot Slide Mountain), and the East Branch of the Delaware River. Both are fabled trout fishing streams. A ride on 28 offers pristine mountain views and access to wild lands of the Catskill Forest Preserve. The route traverses the Catskill Park, a tapestry of public and private lands, and passes Belleayre Mountain Ski Center at the boundary between Ulster and Delaware Counties. A stunning panorama peaks awaits the traveler atop Palmer Hill in Andes at the Byway’s western end. Venture up winding Route 214 for a Byway two-fer: CMSB meets the Mountain Cloves Scenic Byway at the Ulster-Greene County line in this narrow mountain pass known as the Stoney Clove. Another side jaunt features Route 42 along Bushnellsville Creek in rugged Lexington.


With much of the region protected as public land, this area has been a mecca for travelers, artists, writers, and seekers of peace and beauty for generations. An authentic, non-commercialized culture is focused largely on natural resource-based industry, small scale agriculture and outdoor recreation like fishing, boating, hiking and hunting. Tourism inspired by the arts, history and a growing local foods movement is an important player in the regional economy. Two giant reservoirs which serve as Byway bookends – the Ashokan and the Pepacton — provide as much as half of New York City’s drinking water, making this a Watershed, Foodshed and Viewshed! Wilderness and wildlife (including the secretive bobcat whose paw is the CMSB logo) coexist with vibrant, quirky small towns.


The Central Catskills Collaborative (CCC), made up of unpaid delegates appointed by the six Byway municipalities (Towns of Olive, Shandaken, Middletown and Andes, and Villages of Fleischmanns and Margaretville) developed the Scenic Byway Corridor Management Plan. The CCC is implementing the plan’s marketing strategy utilizing two state grants. Elected officials who comprise the Route 28 Leaders Group serve as the Byway’s Board of Directors.  The Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce is the business administrator.



Webinar: Wednesday Dec. 9, 2015, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

With many municipalities facing limits on debt ceilings and tax caps, it can be challenging for local governments to install renewable energy or implement energy efficiency upgrades across their facilities. Options have been limited in the past but the field has evolved in recent years with the use of energy performance contracts becoming widespread and the emergence of new financing models. This Climate Smart Communities webinar will introduce one of these new models, Efficiency Service Agreements (ESAs), where no capital outlay is required and ESA payments are based on the units of actual energy savings that is achieved. Webinar participants will also learn about the types of roles NY Green Bank can play in advancing private sector financing at the local level to help improve efficiency and expand the use of clean energy.

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Webinar Agenda
10:30   Introduction and Announcements
10:45   Efficiency Service Agreements, Doug Golden, Director of Business Development, Metrus Energy
11:15   NY Green Bank, Caroline Angoorly, Chief Operating Officer & Managing Director, NY Green Bank
11:45   Questions, Answers and Discussion

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There’s still time to register for the
Rochester Hollow stream walk on Saturday!  

Join AWSMP for a guided walk along the ruggedly beautiful
Rochester Hollow Creek
in the Shandaken Wild Forest of the Catskill Park on
Saturday, September 19th, from 10am to 12pm.   

The walk will meet at the Rochester Hollow trailhead parking lot at 10:00am on Matyas road, in Big Indian. The walk will conclude at 12:00 noon. Please wear proper hiking footwear, bring water to drink, and be prepared for insects and ticks. Hiking poles might be advisable for some off-trail hiking. Please, leave pets at home.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

For more information about the stream walk, contact Watershed Educator, Jennifer Bowman at, or call 845–688-3047, ext. 8 to register.

To learn more about the Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program, visit our website at:

Directions: The Rochester Hollow trailhead parking lot is located off of State Route 28 on Matyas road. A mile west of Big Indian, turn north on Matyas Road and follow the road to its end (about a quarter mile) to the Parking Lot.

A couple of hikes to take before the snow flies.

Hike Phoenicia’s Tan Bark Trail Leave your car on Main Street in Phoenicia and enjoy this moderate, 2-mile loop hike led by the CMC, and then re-fuel afterwards with some of the best post-hike food and drink around right here in town. The hike will follow a portion of a historic tan bark trail and an old quarry road that once provided access to the bluestone quarries and hemlock forests back in the 1800s.

Interpretive signage along the route will help tell us the story. Expect spectacular views of the Esopus Creek valley from both the Grand View Ledge and the Phoenicia Overlook on the slopes of Mount Tremper. The hike has several short, very steep inclines/declines with an overall elevation gain of 700′ – so hiking shoes/boots are a must.

Directions:The trailhead is located by the playground equipment in the Parish Field just off Main Street in Phoencia. Traveling west on Route 28 (from Kingston) turn right into Phoenicia just after the Phoenicia Diner. Cross the railroad tracks and bridge. At intersection, turn right and park on Main Street. Proceed back to intersection on foot and follow Mt. Ava Maria Drive walking past the grocery store and Post Office. Entrance to the park is on the right.

Traveling east on Route 28 (from Pine Hill) turn left into Phoenicia on NYS Rte 214, proceed straight through town on Main Street, and park on the east end of town, (near the funeral home and grocery store). Proceed down Mt. Ava Maria Drive (between Gormley Funeral Home and the Phoenicia Market) on foot, and entrance to the park is on the right after the Post Office.

Shavertown Trail in Andes Hike 

The hike of Shavertown Trail near the Pepacton Reservoir’s Shavertown Ridge Boat Launch is a good climb for the first mile there will be a beautiful view overlooking the reservoir. You will enjoy the view and walk around Snake Pond before you continue up an easier climb for 3.3 mile loop returning to the pond. The upper loop is an nice second growth forest and lots of nice rock formations. This is an enjoyable hike for almost everyone. The total distance is 5.3 miles.

Wear sturdy shoes and bring water and a snack or lunch.

Directions: From SR 28 in Margaretville turn left on SR 30. Continue 8 miles to the Shavertown Bridge. Turn right and park at the upper parking area by the boat launch. From Livingston Manor, take the Beaverkill Road, to Barkaboon Road pass Little Pond continue to the Shavertown Bridge turn right across bridge and left to the upper parking area by boat launch. Distant 20 miles.


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