The 3 Best Hikes in the Catskills

Photo of a Gorge on One of the Best Hikes in the Catskills.The Catskills are one of the most beautiful mountain ranges on the East Coast and bring together avid lovers of the outdoors from all over the world. A stay at Villa Roma Resort will put you right in the heart of the stunning Catskills, and in the perfect location to hike the many trails in the area. At Villa Roma Resort, you’ll be met with beautiful accommodations, free Wi-Fi, parking, and daily housekeeping service, so you can guarantee that you’ll come back to a clean room every time.

You’ll have the option of traditional hotel rooms, beautiful suites, and Efficiency rooms complete with a living room and kitchen, so you can rest assured knowing that you’ll have everything you need to feel completely at home during your stay in the Catskills. The Catskills are full of endless beauty, and the best way to experience them is to hit the trails. While there is plenty of fun, gorgeous trails in the area, these are the ones that definitely can’t be missed during your time exploring the Catskill Mountains.

Easy: Port Jervis Branch Trail

For beginning hikers, the Port Jervis Branch Trail—specifically the D&H Canal and Gravity Railroad Heritage Corridor section of the Port Jervis Branch Trail—is for you. This 1 mile (one way) trail takes you along the D&H Canal located on public land. Here, you’ll have the chance to experience some of the beautiful trees in the area, and there is a dedicated parking lot at the trailhead for visitor use.

Moderate: Andes Rail Trail

If you’re a hiker with a little more experience, check out the Andes Rail Trail. This four-mile trail starts at a small pergola and 1907 train depot. As you hike the grassy trail, keep an eye out for old railroad ties, stunning views of mountains, forest, streams, and more. If you’re looking to add more to your hike, feel free to climb the ridge at Bullet Hole Spur. 

Strenuous: Catskill Scenic Trail

Completing the entirety of the Catskill Scenic Trail is recommended only for advanced hikers, but it’s possible to hike a section of it as someone with a little less experience. This 26-mile trail is absolutely gorgeous and takes you through a large valley and a few small towns tucked away in the Catskill Mountains. Here, you’ll find farm fields, running water, and possibly, the occasional resident turkey running around.

Villa Roma Resort

Hiking in the Catskills can be an experience you’ll never forget, and with plenty of exciting trails to explore, you’ll surely get the most out of your time in the mountains. With a stay at Villa Roma Resort, you’ll be located close by to all these trails and more, so you can get outside during the day, and relax in comfort at night.