Plattekill Mountain is hosting the first NY Outdoor Expo on July 9th, 2016 (rain date of July 10). This event will promote tourism and recreation in the Catskill Mountain region and showcase a multitude of outdoor recreation opportunities throughout New York State. Vendors and exhibitors from all fields of the outdoor community will be represented: biking, hiking, trail running, paddling, archery, fly fishing, hunting, wildlife rehabilitation and more and will be leading workshops, demonstrations and displaying and selling their wares. Stewardship and Conservation organizations will be presenting on topics ranging from invasive species to folklore and cultural history.
Last October, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a series of actions to promote tourism in the Catskill Mountains, including holding the first annual Catskill Challenge (modeled after the Adirondack Challenge launched in 2013), which is to be launched this summer as well.
The Catskills Region is home to some of the most beautiful mountains, views and attractions in the world and through these initiatives, we are once again putting the spotlight on this state’s unparalleled outdoor recreational opportunities,” Governor Cuomo said. “Our tourism industry plays an integral role in this state’s economy and we will continue to invest in our natural assets to support local businesses, grow our regional economies and generate new economic opportunities statewide.”
The NY Outdoor Expo will have a focus on activities for the whole family with Wildlife demonstrations, on-going trust and team building activities for kids by The Cliffs, Survival School Workshops with Destination Backcountry, and an overnight mountain camping adventure with Upstate Adventure Guides, to name a few. Plus, Plattekill and Urban Sherpa have teamed up to provide an affordable bus trip from New York City for both the day trip and overnight adventure.
For more information about this event and to see the most current list of vendors and presentations, CLICK HERE.
Catskill Mountain Summertime Activities: Biking, Concerts and New Events Planned at Plattekill MountainWritten by Susan
A lack of things to do is typically not an issue at Plattekill Mountain in Roxbury, NY with the mountain now open for summertime activities. Offering lift-served mountain biking, hiking and scenic chairlift rides and bike rentals every weekend.
Want a great Catskill Mountain Biking experience? Guests can choose from a variety of packages with all you’ll need to for a day out on the trails (bike rentals, gear, ticket and guided tour) and they also offer a “Rise & Shine Package” which offers it all in a short 2-hour session both Saturday and Sunday mornings.
However, that’s not all you’ll find at Plattekill this summer. Their “Music on the Mountain” Free Concert Series is back for a third season and it has been expanded for 2016. The series will feature four concerts this summer taking place the first Saturday of every month. Starting June 4th a local favorite, Blues Maneuver Band, will kick off the series with rhythm, blues and funk. Each month a different genre will be offered along with different dinner specials on concert nights. All concerts are free to the public and chairlift rides will also be open during those evenings until 7pm.
Also new to the mix this year, the mountain will featuring the first ever “NY Outdoor Expo '16” on July 9th with the opportunity to feed your passion for the great outdoors. This event will feature hands on activities from guided hikes and kayaking to fly fishing and s’mores roasting. An exclusive Guided Mountain Overnight Camping Package will also be offered for enthusiasts. Activities also feature scheduled demonstrations, exhibits, vendors and more.
Plattekill has also become a very popular destination for Mountaintop Wedding Ceremonies. Panoramic mountaintop views and an exclusive setting come with all packages with receptions for up to 150 people. Best part is the mountain is entirely yours for the day and the only activity on the mountain that day is you and your guests.
For more information on Plattekill and all their offerings visit plattekill.com. Plattekill is open every weekend from 10am-5pm.
The warmer weather looks like it's here to stay, though it seems like we didn't really get away from it this past winter.
The springtime foliage is blooming and there's a whole new group of people who want to experience the sport of lift accessed mountain biking and fall in love with this great Catskill Mountain experience.
Now, you don't have to run out and buy a bike, and you surely don't want to get something that won't be able to handle the true mountain bike terrain. The recommendation is to try it first, as your "dream bike" might cost a couple thousand dollars or more, not to mention the protective gear that comes along with it.
Plattekill Mountain offers the experience (over 20 years) and everything you need for a great mountain bike adventure at an affordable price. Beginner to advanced mountain biking trails, lift access, bike and gear rentals, you will find it all at Plattekill.
The sport of lift accessed mountain biking is fun and exciting and has greatly expanded over the last couple decades with the advent of full suspension bikes and some pretty crazy or totally inspiring (depending on your point of view) stuff from GoPro videos posted on YouTube.
When you head to the mountain, be sure to wear comfortable clothing (nothing too baggy), closed toe/heel shoes (no sandals), bring water to hydrate and that's about it.
A good way to begin is to first find a ride within your limits (beginners will appreciate Plattekill's Greenhorn trail), with someone who is knowledgeable (like the folks at Plattekill) and you'll find that mountain biking can be a really fun and safe sport. As with any new sport, you have to build up your skills and confidence by getting out on the trails and gaining experience. You may be used to riding on the road or possibly off-road, but it may take a bit to develop your skills in downhill. Negotiating roots and rocks is an education in the great outdoors itself. And that's not even getting into what good ol' Mother Nature will throw at you and how the conditions change from dry to wet and vise versa.
With all that being said, one thing most experienced riders agree on is the necessity of protective gear, especially a helmet.
So, Plattekill Mountain has made it easy and all-inclusive with their 2 Hour Rise & Shine or Full Day Beginner Package. That way, you don't have to worry about if you forgot about something really important as you're on your way up to the summit or anything else for that matter. Both packages include a KHS full suspension mountain bike, all your protective gear, lift pass, and a personalized guide. It's the perfect outdoor mountain experience when visiting the Catskills for a day or weekend. If you're in the Catskills and wondering "What is there to do?" plan a visit to Plattekill Mountain for a great Catskill Mountain adventure.