NY Officials Plan Access Upgrades to Popular Catskill Peak


People with disabilities could drive up a mountain to one of the five remaining fire towers in the Catskills under a proposal by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation.

Overlook Mountain in Woodstock is popular with hikers who climb a 2.4-mile trail to the fire tower on its summit. From the tower, people can see a panoramic view of mountains, the Hudson River and New York City reservoirs.

Under the state’s updated access plan, people with disabilities could drive to the fire tower with a special permit. The plan also calls for more than 30 new parking spaces and some new trails.

The department says Overlook is one of the most-visited locations in the Catskills.