Catskills Facts

Become more knowledgeable about the region. Some of these may be things you already know, and some may be things you never knew or expected to know about the Catskill Mountains. Area facts:

  • The Catskills began existence as a river delta 350 million years ago.
  • The Catskills are home to the Ashokan Reservoir, one of the main sources of drinking water for the City of New York.
  • They are not geographically related, but the Catskill Mountains are sometimes referred to as an extension to the Appalachian Mountains.
  • The Catskills span across 7 counties, it contains more than 6,000 square miles of lush forests, rich farmland, and some of the best fishing in the northeast region.
  • The highest mountain here is Slide Mountain, located in Ulster County, it has an elevation of 4,180 feet.
  • During the 19th century, this region became a popular destination for wealthy suburbanites seeking vacation retreats from New York City & New Jersey.
  • There are over 2,000 farmers in the region, who cultivate 400,000+ acres of farmland and provide fresh produce for some of the largest farmers' markets in the nation.
  • Howe Caverns is the largest cave open to public in the Northeast. The great limestone cave, carved by water over the course of an estimated 10 million years, was discovered in May of 1842.