The Big Hollow Road parking area / trailhead gives access to the northern most high peak areas of the Catskill Mountains. This is a fine area with a true mountain country feel. Excellent views can be had from the surrounding summits and high points. One can see Vermont's Greens to Massachusett's and New York's Taconics on the distant eastern horizon, to peering over on the Hudson River, and of course great views of the other high peaks of the Catskill Range.
Mountains accesable from this parking area/trailhead
-Blackhead: 2.5 Miles 1740 ft Elevation Gain.
-Blackdome: 2.5 Mi. 1780 ft Gain.
-Thomas Cole: 3.5 Mi. 1980 ft Gain.
-Windham High Peak: 3.75 Mi. 1650 ft Gain.
-Burnt Knob: 1.55 Mi. 1000 ft Gain
Take exit 21 on the New York State Thruway (Interstate 87) to route 23 west.
Once on 23 west, travel 20.5 Mi. and make a left onto Brooksburg Road, which is County road (CR) 65.
Go .7 Mi. on Brooksburg and make a left onto Sealy Rd., CR 65a
From this junction, travel 2.1 Mi. , (Sealy Rd. will turn into Maplecrest Rd , CR 40.) and make a left onto Big Hollow Rd. CR 56. This is a beautiful country road that follows the Batavia Kill (creek). The road turns to dirt at 4 miles and at 4.2 miles on the right is the trailhead/parking area. this is a dead end.
Recommended Maps and Books
If traveling in this area, I would highly suggest the maps by the New York/New Jersey Trail Conference
. These maps allow very easy navigation of both the trails and the roads leading to the trailheads.
Also, grab a copy of the Catskill Mountain Guide
by Peter W. Kick, an Appalachian Mountain Club book.
This book provides detailed info on the mountains and trails.
Some images from this area:
Green & orange, enriched by the sun of the Batavia Kill. Along the Batavia Kill trail The Indian Head range, seen from the western side of Blackhead Moss, lichen, and mushroom on a stump The Taconic Range on the horizon and the Hudson River in the distance Mushroom growth on a tree. Blackdome seen from Blakhead