Exploring Picturesque Catskills: North South Lake

Every year Troop 353 tries to explore some new territory given that so many varied terrains are within a short 2-hour drive. A visit to North South Lake turned our small group of explorers into huge believers that this is one park that should be revisited frequently!  North South Lake is not a New York State property, but instead a park in the Dept. of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) domain.  We had read about the attractiveness of the park through various online sources, but nothing could prepare us for the incredible beauty we discovered.  The list of scenic and historic points along the scenic Escarpment Trail are numerous:  Badman’s Cave, Sunset & Lookout Rock, Artist Rock, Boulder Rock, Inspration Point, Catskill Mountain House & Kaaterskill Hotel.  There were numerous croppings that allowed for small grade rock climbing and bouldering.  At the picturesque North South Lake & public campground, a boat rental provided opportunities for canoeing, kayaking, rowing, and paddleboats.  Fishing is also available for those looking to hook a chain pickerel, brown bullhead, pumpkinseed, black crappie or largemouth bass (no license required for those 16 & under).  We encountered many outdoor enthusiasts that day: hikers, geocachers, nature groups, wedding parties and numerous other families.  Finally, a short distance away are the famous Kaaterskill Falls–a two tiered waterfall system of 175 feet and 85 feet, that are believed to be the highest in NY state. Unquestionably, this park has something for everyone!  Check out the incredible pictures here!


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