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“challenging and rewarding hike”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Overlook Mountain

Ranked #1 of 17 things to do in Woodstock
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Located in the Catskill park region, Overlook Mountain beckons nature lovers with its trails and campgrounds.
Long Island City, New York
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“challenging and rewarding hike”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2013

Parking at trailhead can be a bit tight. Not a casual stroll. This is a steep steady 2.5 mile climb with beautiful views of the area. Simple to follow gravel road straight to the top.
Be sure to allow at least 3 hours.Brink water! Along with the proper clothing and footwear!

Visited October 2013
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Somers, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“To serve and protect?”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2013

Yes the climb up the mountain is difficult and the views wonderful, but be aware of the parking situation. there is one small parking lot which fills up quickly especially on the weekends. And I guess you can park in the Buddhist Monastery too. BUT do not park along the fence which hugs the road near the parking lot. The police (thank you officer Jiminian) handed out not one but two tickets to every car parked along the fence (there may have been 20 cars that received tickets. The first was for obstructing traffic (possibly true, although cars were able to pass easily) and the second ticket for failing to obey signs (which were upon observation hidden and out of site). So the Woodstock police force did it's best to ruin the day of many hikers by ticketing them (cost $25 a ticket and no place to plead not-guilty on the ticket). I did my best to warn other drivers who were about to park and possibly saved 5 cars from getting tickets. Yes thanks again officer Jiminian.

Visited October 2013
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Jefferson, Iowa
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6 reviews
“Great walk.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2013

Wonderful exercise and scenery.
Spent a few nights in the shadow of overlook mountain and they say you are hooked for life.

Visited June 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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199 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
“Hike to excellent views over surrounding hinterland”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2013

The trail to the lookout is about 2.5 miles, although there is an option to take a fork near to the top out to another trail for a further 6 miles-time prevented us doing the extended longer trail.
The trail is easy to moderate on grade although we are fairly hiking fit after a couple of weeks on long difficult trails in Yellowstone and the Tetons.
Nearing the top are the ruins of an old hotel, and the lookout is about 10 minutes further on from here.
At the top is a fire observation tower and there are great views from here. There is also a lookout point about 100 meters past the ranger hut and basic rest room.
If you push it out on the clim it should take about an hour and a half, and the return took about 50 minutes.
The nearby town of Woodstock has excellent restaurants, coffee shops and other artist shops and itself it worth a visit

Visited October 2013
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“excellent walk”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2013

moderate walk to the top of overlook mountain- quite hard going at times, about 2 hours to ascend. Towards the top is an empty hotel that makes for some amazing photography in the right light. The views from the fire tower at the top were spectacular- would be a great place to go in the fall

Visited September 2013
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