The Palenville Overlook Trail is a 12 mile loop through Catskill State Park, just south of Albany.

The Palenville Overlook Trail offers incredible views of the Catskills and the entire Hunter Mountain region in New York. The trail is open for use year round, and is great for snowshoeing in the winter. Dogs are allowed to use the trail but must be kept on leash. There is a wonderful place to stop for a picnic at about 1,900 feet. If you want to turn this into an overnight, there are campgrounds at the North and South Lake. 

This is a great trail for birding!

Pack List

  • Water
  • Hiking boots
  • Trekking poles
  • Sun protection
  • Sack lunch or snacks 
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RT Distance 12 Miles
Elevation Gain 2847 Feet
Activities Hiking
Skill Level Expert
Season Year Round
Trail Type Loop
Features
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Forest
Lake
River
Scenic
Wildlife

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound Collective.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

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