TOP 10 BEST PLACES FOR HIKING AND CAMPING IN THE CATSKILLS

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Sloan Gorge

Sloan Gorge Preserve

Difficulty: Easy
How far is it: Two hours and 50 minutes by bus
How to get there: Take a Trailways bus from Port Authority to Woodstock, New York. A round-trip ticket will cost you $58.
What to expect: Sloan Gorge Preserve (once home to artist Allan Edward Sloan) is the first interpretive geology trail in the region, according to the Woodstock Land Conservancy, meaning you’ll pass by various Ice Age geologies on your way. The gorge itself is a canyon that’s mostly hidden by the Catskill Front, which can be found just northeast of Woodstock. The nature trail that takes you up to the canyon can be located on Stoll Road right near West Saugerties Road. Expect to pass creeks, quarries, and some of the Catskills’ most stunning cliffsides on your way to the canyon.
Nearby campground: Saugerties / Woodstock KOA (a 75-minute hike or eight-minute drive from the preserve) is located on 40 acres surrounded by maple and pine trees — so it’s basically the locale of all your camping daydreams. The campground has a pool, craft programs, a catch-and-release pond, disc golf, and a game room.

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