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!

Trees and greenery around Lake Joseph

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!

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.

Fishing boats at the dock

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!

Fall Foliage at the Inn at Lake Joseph