There are many outdoor groups and organizations devoted to keeping these mountains a friendly and fun community. Others aim to simply protect our water, vegetation, wildlife.

The Catskill 3500 Club was founded in 1962, to foster interest in hiking in the Catskills. Membership is open to all persons, who have climbed on foot each of the 35 Catskill peaks above 3500 feet in elevation.

Those wishing to become members must climb all 35 Catskill High Peaks and, in a departure from the requirements of most other such clubs, climb Slide, Blackhead, Balsam and Panther mountains again in winter, which is defined by the Club's by-laws as the period from December 21 to March 21 regardless of the actual occurrences of the winter solstice and vernal equinox in particular years.

 

Catskills Fact

  • The Catskills are home to the Ashokan Reservoir, one of the main sources of drinking water for the City of New York.