Overlook Mountain is surely one of the most interesting in all of the Catskills. Its close proximity to Woodstock has made it a popular destination for tourists. Although the Overlook Mountain Wild Forest only covers 590 acres, its rocky slopes make for a very interesting day hike.
In addition to providing a habitat for the timber rattlesnake, a protected species that only lives in one other area of the Catskills, the summit is covered with red oaks (trees usually found on lower slopes and in valleys, not 3,100' above sea level), and some red spruce/balsam fir trees (those typical over 3,300'). In 1871, the Overlook Mountain House opened its doors to guests, joining numerous others in the Catskills. This hotel had the distinction of being the highest, at 2,920'. The Mountain House could house 300 guests and, despite burning down twice, prospered until around the time of the stock market crash. In the following years, it was rebuilt (but never opened to guests) and eventually looted and abandoned, leaving the ruins that can still be seen along the trail.
Getting ThereApproach from the I-87 thruway heading north from NYC
Exit I-87 at exit 19 (Kingston) and turn right (traffic circle) on route 28, follow route 28 west for 5.9 miles. In West Hurley turn right onto route 375. Follow route 375 for 2.9 miles to its end, turn left onto route 212 (to Woodstock). Follow route 212 for 0.5 of a mile to Tinker Square, turn right onto county route 33 (Rock City Road). Follow Rock City Road north through Glasco turnpike (0.7miles) which turns into Meads Mtn. Road for a total distance of 3 miles to a parking lot on the right. The lot becomes apparent when the road starts to flatten out.
Red TapeSee the NYS Dep. of Environmental Conservation Web Site
Red Tape and info about Back Country Camping.
When To ClimbAll year around.
Summer months require no special equipment.
Winter months would only require snow shoes or skis.
Mountain ConditionsCatskills Mountain weather from Tannersville, NY (2000').
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Misc. InfoSome Local Attractions in the Woodstock area.
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