Our luxury rooms at the Inn at Lake Joseph, nestled deep in the Catskills, are the perfect place to embark upon a hiking adventure! Heading just a few miles in any direction will bring you to state parks like the Wild Forests of Catskill Park, Wolf Brook and the Basha Kill Wildlife Refuge—all of which feature hiking trails, giving our visitors several different ways to enjoy a trek through the woods. But you don’t even have to venture out that far for a great hike – our grounds at the Inn at Lake Joseph offer a 2.5 mile easy and scenic hike through the woods, starting down by the lake. For your convenience, we’ve highlighted a few notable nearby trails and other resources below. We also have maps and directions at the Inn; just ask any of our helpful staff.
One good place to begin exploring is the Neversink Gorge Unique Area trail system. To get there, head north and east past Monticello into Rock Hill on Rte. 17, looking for exit 109 and Katrina Falls Road on your right. From there, take the road south to where it ends in a small parking lot. Hike the trail from here to a Y-junction and further trail options. Heading left will take you on a loop that passes Mullet Falls; turning right at the junction and following the yellow markers a short ways will lead you to the Neversink River, or travel along the blue markers to hike the much longer High Falls Trail.
Another popular route can be found at the Basha Kill Wildlife Refuge. Primarily a wetland haven for many ducks and other bird species, a path also extends through the refuge along what was once the Delaware and Hudson Canal. It’s accessed by Haven Road off Treasure Lake Road, south from Route 17 at exit 113. This leads into the center of Basha Kill, which has flat trails perfect for walking across the length of its canal.
Finally, Tusten Mountain offers one of the more rigorous trails within an hour’s drive from the Inn. With an elevation gain of 500 feet, it’s a moderately strenuous trek, and a perfect opportunity to stretch your legs and dive into natural surroundings for a few hours. To get there, first head for the town of Barryville, turning right as you pass through it to continue on NY-97 North along the Delaware River. About 10 miles later, you’ll make a sharp left turn onto Crawford Road and the trailhead.
For more information about hiking in the Catskills and nearby locations, we recommend taking a look at Trail Keeper, a directory of hiking trails and other resources in Sullivan County. The Sullivan County Visitors Association can also provide further information on hiking in the area and contact information for specific details. We look forward to accommodating your stay in our beautiful region of New York!