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Week six: Overlook Mountain

By Weather WKTV

History and a magnificant view of the Hudson Valley are featured in this week's edition of the Hiking Weatherman.  Overlook Mountain, located in the Catskills, is a great beginners hike that incorporates history and nature.

The trail head is located near Woodstock, NY.  The trail is on the old road leading to the Mountain House, so it's a gradual climb.  Walking distance is about a 4-5 mile round trip from the bottom.

The most unique feature on this hike is the remains of the old Mountain House near the summit.  A poster on the building explains the history behind the structure.  Basically, this house was part of the old resorts built in the Catskills a century ago.  Many of them caught fire and burned down, including the roof of this structure. 

Directions:

From the NYS Thruway- take exit 20 and head on route 212 west.  In Woodstock, take a right on Rock City Road.  Look for the parking sign on the right hand side, next to a temple.

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