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!

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Hiking & Nature Walks At Your Doorstep

A Nature and Wildlife Experience To Remember

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!

“When you truly experience nature, you will find beauty everywhere.”   Vincent Van Gogh

Bird watching

Your Wildlife & Nature Experience

Discover a Wilderness Wonderland

To help fill your bird-watching card, we spotted over 40 species of birds at the Inn in addition to the protected American Bald Eagle nesting preserve on our Lake. In addition our lake and 2000 acres 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!

Cross Country Skiers

On Site Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing

And Your Skies, Boots and Snowshoes Are On Us

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!

Cross Country Skiing at the Inn is fun and rewarding.  But Steven Wright doesn’t agree.  He thinks “Cross country is great if you live in a small country”  

Billiards table

Billiard Room


To avoid depressing your male partner don’t forget to allow him to win.  Just Kidding!

Indoor gym

Next Level Fitness Center

Welcome to Sullivan County’s Best Gym

Though we don’t have an on-site gym, we do offer complimentary day passes to NEXT LEVEL FITNESS CENTER. A gym which is about a 10-minute drive from the Inn.

Couple holding tennis rackets

Romantic Tennis Courts

AS A GUEST OF THE INN AT LAKE JOSEPH YOU MAY ENJOY TENNIS.  RACKETS AND BALLS ARE ON US.  While staying at the Inn at Lake Joseph you may access the tennis courts.  These courts are strictly recreational for the average guest.  If your accustomed to the more professional competitive courts they may not meet your standards.

“Life is like a game of tennis; the player who serves well seldom loses”



Couple on a bike ride


Enjoy a leisurely ride

Bring your own bike 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.

 “Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike” – John F Kennedy 

Group Kayaking

Kayaking on Lake Joseph or drifting is the ultimate way to lean back and relax.

A Quiet Way To Explore The Hidden Wildlife Of Lake Joseph

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.

As one goes through life, one learns that if you don’t paddle your own canoe, or kayak you don’t move. 


Heated Pool Or Lake Swimming - Your Choice!

Eagle on water

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.

Houston, Tranquillity Base here. The Eagle has landed.  Neil Armstrong
Boys will be boys text over photo of men fishing

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.