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Overlook Mountain

Woodstock, NY 12498
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Its basically straight up!

This is a GOOD HIKE. I was definitely sore for 2 days after. You get to see some cool ruins and the... read more

Reviewed 7 November 2016
New York City, New York
Spectacular fall view at the top

This is not an easy hike. It is 2.5 miles straight up to the fire tower. We took a lot of breaks on... read more

Reviewed 4 November 2016
Rochester, New York
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Located in the Catskill park region, Overlook Mountain beckons nature lovers with its trails and campgrounds.
  • Excellent69%
  • Very good27%
  • Average3%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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“great hike” (12 reviews)
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Reviewed 7 November 2016

This is a GOOD HIKE. I was definitely sore for 2 days after. You get to see some cool ruins and the fire tower at the top has incredible views. Where good shoes and watch the weather. Have fun!

2  Thank madsarajoy
Reviewed 4 November 2016

This is not an easy hike. It is 2.5 miles straight up to the fire tower. We took a lot of breaks on the way up. The path is made of gravel rocks (where the horse carriages used back in the early nineties to go...More

1  Thank idahRAM2015
Reviewed 17 October 2016

I happened to find out about this trail accidently. I was looking up the best trails to do in the Catskills, and someone happened to have a link to their experience doing the Overlook mountain trail. Knowing the trail was rated difficult and myself and...More

1  Thank Jaclyn W
Reviewed 16 October 2016

My husband, baby, dog, and I hiked to the Overlook summit (about 2.5 miles from the parking lot) and part of the way to Echo Lake (2 miles from main trail). There is only one trail for the first two miles, so there are a...More

Thank Michelle P
Reviewed 9 October 2016

Used to hike this trail in the 70's as a scout, then with my sons as scouts in the late 80's. Times have changed the trail a bit. they've reopened the ranger tower which was closed in the 80's, the tv towers are a bit...More

1  Thank cosmo2012015
Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

It was a great hike into the mountains. Gorgeous views with stunning scenery to make for some really good pictures.

Thank arieanna a
Reviewed 5 October 2016

This is a lovely little trail with an incredible pay off at the end with a gorgeous panorama view. If you're interested in making a day of this, I suggest walking up to the carpark from Woodstock town, going up to the mountain top and...More

Thank sophieh99
Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

I've done this hike 5 times now and I would do it another 5 times! It's straight up. Not for the faint of heart. If you're out of shape plan on a 3-4 hour round trip hike. If you're in good shape it takes about...More

1  Thank Allison C
Reviewed 20 September 2016

This 5-mile out-and-back hike has a few very unique features that make it well worth adding to you list. One is an abandoned hotel about 2 miles into the hike. The hotel burned down not once but twice, but a good portion of the stone...More

Thank kenncm4
Reviewed 29 August 2016

You can't go wrong with a classic. We took the dogs who aren't much for hiking and they loved it. Same with kids or those who aren't in the best shape. A lot of people have issue with the power lines, which I never find...More

Thank Anna V
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Jack V
Is it crowded? How many people are usually there? Also is camping allowed?
17 May 2017|
Response from Jane D | Reviewed this property |
There is always people, but if it's crowded is hard to speculate. Maybe during the week while kids are in school before school is out would be good time to go. Once school is out the tourists come from all over. Camping... More
Oday M
Is it possible to reach Overlook Mountain from Woodstock without a car? Is it easy to find a taxi/ride? Is it possible to rent bikes and park them safely at the start of the trail?
5 May 2017|
Response from Vinod S | Reviewed this property |
Well we took a car up to the starting point of the hike and it was pretty windy and steep, and it may have been 2.5-3 miles from flat ground... probably further from Woodstock. Seems pretty difficult to bike, and definitely... More
Does anyone know what the best time is for "sun" pictures? Sunrise or sunset? Thanks!
8 September 2016|
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Response from James S | Reviewed this property |
The view from the fire tower is panoramic - would be good for either.