Searching for the best things to do in the Catskills? Enjoy an adventure without ever having to leave the Inn at Lake Joseph. We offer a variety of outdoor activities right outside our front door, so there is something for everyone!

Bird watching

Bird Watching & Nature Viewing

Discover a Wilderness Wonderland

We’ve spotted over 40 species of birds at the Inn alone, which means that you don’t even have to leave the property to help fill your bird-watching card! Plus there are tremendous opportunities nearby as the Sullivan Catskills are a haven for countless bird species. Our lake and wooded acreage draw a wide variety of other critter as well – foxes, deer and bears are often seen near the Inn. The Sullivan Catskills are truly a wilderness wonderland!

Hiking & Nature Walks

Explore Our Trails

You don’t have to venture far for a great hike. The grounds at the Inn at Lake Joseph offer a 2.5 mile trail through the woods for an easy and scenic walk. Or head just a few miles in any direction from the inn to discover parks and areas which feature wonderful hiking trails – we have maps and directions at the Inn; just ask any of our helpful staff! In the winter, we offer complimentary snow shoes and cross country skis so you can explore our property year-round!


Nothing says ‘mountain getaway in Upstate NY’ quite like a roaring fire.  Just ask us to light it for you any time you’re ready! Once it’s lit, you’re welcome to feed the fire for as long as you’d like. Adirondack chairs surround the fire pit, making it the perfect place for a quiet talk with your partner or a lively chat with friends. Or just relax under the stars while you enjoy some fireside drinks or a summertime favorite: roasted marshmallows – we supply everything you’ll need. 

Romantic Tennis Courts

AS A GUEST OF THE INN AT LAKE JOSEPH YOU MAY ENJOY TENNIS.  LOVERS OR FRIENDS?  YOU DECIDE.   RACKETS AND BALLS ARE ON US.  While staying at the Inn at Lake Joseph you may access the tennis courts of the Lake Joseph Association, only a short walk or drive from the Inn. These courts are strictly recreational for the average guest.  If your accustomed to the more professional competitive courts they may not meet your standards.


Billiard Room


To avoid depressing your male partner don’t forget to allow him to win.  It’s an ego thing based on hormones.

Couple on a bike ride


Enjoy a leisurely ride

With our complimentary bikes, you’ll be able to enjoy a leisurely ride near the Inn. Or you can really pick up some speed on the nearby roads and trails. Some of the popular routes we direct guests to include St. Josephs Road, Lake Joseph Drive, French Clearing Road, and Sackett Lake Road. Routes vary from quick rides of five to seven miles, or we can recommend routes spanning more than 15 miles.


A Quiet Way To Explore The Hidden Wildlife Of Lake Joseph

Kayak on Lake Joseph or drifting is the ultimate way to lean back and  relax. Floating is also a great way to spot wild life including our protected American Bald Eagles nesting and diving for gourmet fish dinners to enjoy with their chicks.

Heated Pool Or Lake Swimming - Your Choice!


Bald Eagle Nesting Preserve On Lake Joseph

While kayaking or boating on Lake Joseph, you may experience watching the bald eagles feed by swooping down and snatching fish from the water with its talons.  The sexes are identical in plumage. Don’t get upset guys, but females are about 25 percent larger than males.  The bald eagle is the national bird  of the United States. In the late 20th century it was on the brink of extinction.  Populations have since recovered and the bird was removed from the list of endangered species and transferred to the list of threatened species.

Fishing & Boating

Get out on the water

Bring your gear for fishing at Lake Joseph! We have four rowboats on the lake for your use. Our waters are predominantly populated by bass but you’ll also catch perch, crappies, sunfish, and pickerel. Please note that it is only catch and release with artificial lures, and a NY State fishing license is required. There are plenty of places to fish nearby as well – we’ll be happy to point you in the right direction! If you just want to get out on the water for a casual ride, we offer complimentary kayaks as well!  While kayaking or boating on Lake Joseph, you may experience watching the Bald Eagles feed by swooping down and snatching fish from the water with its talons.

Next Level Fitness Center

Though we don’t have an on-site gym, we do offer complimentary day passes to Next Level Fitness, a gym which is about a 10-minute drive from the Inn.

Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing

"Show Us The Way Fido"

You can enjoy our complimentary snowshoeing and cross country skiing on property with our equipment on the loop trail. So be sure to pack your hat and scarf to enjoy the beauty of the Catskills in the winter. Then enjoy your cozy fireplace and relaxing whirlpool jetted tub in your room after a day out playing in the snow!