Planning & Economic Development
Nestled among the highest of the Catskill Mountains and the verdant Hudson River Valley, Greene County is located just two hours north of New York City and three hours west of Boston. The Great Northern Catskills of Greene County has 705,500-acres of wilderness with scenic views, year-round outdoor recreation, an abundance of attractions, lodging facilities, restaurants, and unique cultural events. Plus, you might even get a glimpse of Rip Van Winkle driving around in the Adventure Mobile Tour.
Greene County is the cradle of America’s first artistic movement, the birthplace of ideas and cultural currents connecting the past to the present. Here, museums, galleries and historic sites celebrate, honor and commemorate the regions’ unique place in history. In the early 19th century scenic views and striking sceneries inspired a new genre of American art called the Hudson River School, founded by landscape artist Thomas Cole. In 2005, the Hudson River School Art Trail was developed which takes you to the sites that inspired America’s first great landscape artists like, Frederic Church, Asher B. Durand, Jasper Cropsey, Albert Bierstadt, Sanford Gifford, and many others.
The scenic beauty makes it a perfect place for a Sunday drive through the river, valley and mountaintop regions. Experience the true beauty of Mother Nature and the sites of the Catskill Mountain. Discover the many unique stores including antique shops, country markets, and farm stands.
The county has five of the 10 highest Catskill Peaks in the Catskill State Park and is host to hiking trails boasting a plethora of birding and wildlife viewing. Most trails can accommodate family cyclists, adventurist mountain bikers, and leisurely snow shoeing and cross-country skiers. Located near the park, Hunter and Windham Mountain welcomes skiers and riders of all abilities for winter adventure.
Several lakes and streams surround the county and are visited by avid fisherman looking to score the biggest trout. The Hudson River, which runs along the eastern boarder of Greene County, offers ample fishing for Striped Bass, as well as Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass, Tiger Musky and Walleye throughout the year. Guide services are available for those looking to learn the sport or fish with the experts.
The Great Northern Catskills of Greene County offers a family travel tradition that dates back generations. The Catskill Mountains provide an affordable option from extended family reunions to immediate family vacations, with 20 all-inclusive resorts. On-site amenities include swimming pools, movie theaters, mini-golf, bowling alleys, night clubs and much more!
Greene County is home to the longest, fastest, and highest zipline canopy tour in North America and the highest cascading waterfall in New York State. As a host to some of the most attended events like Radio Woodstock Mountain Jam, East Durham Irish Festival, and Windham World Cup, the Catskills provides an array of entertainment to suit all tastes. While here be sure to play at one of the nine Golf Courses.
Looking for something to do in the evening? Savor authentic Italian cuisine, Bavarian or classic American pub fare paired perfectly with locally brewed ale at restaurants in the Catskills. Check out the nightlife at venues throughout the county, from live bands and DJ’s at local bars, to neighborhood pubs and breweries. We even have drive-in movie theaters!
Discover all that the Great Northern Catskills of Greene County has to offer by visiting our website at www.greatnortherncatskills.com
Awaken to Adventure!
Plans, Studies and Documents
- Tourism Advisory Committee Roles and Responsibilities
- Greene Tourism Marketing Blueprint - (2010)
- Tourism Economic Impact Analysis & Strategic Goals - (2010)
- GC 2012 Spring Tourism Seminar
- GC 2013 Spring Tourism Seminar
- The Catskills Country Stores and Collectables
- Attractions in and around Greene County
- Catskill Village and Waterfront Experience
- Greene County Hiking
- Greene County Waterfront Brochure
- Greene County Golf Brochure
- Greene County Dining Guide
- Greene County Driving Tours
Tourism Advisory Committee
In 2012 the Chairman of the Legislature announced the creation of a Tourism Advisory Committee. The Greene County Legislature continues to recognize the importance of tourism and its economic impact to the businesses and residents of the County and each year makes a substantial financial commitment in support of Tourism Advertising and Marketing.
The Tourism Advisory Committee consists of tourism professionals representing Lodging, Skiing, Golf, Attractions, and Arts & Culture throughout Greene County, along with Legislative representatives.
Agendas & Minutes
|Brian Christman (Christman’s Windham House)||Lodging – Resort|
|Kevin Smith (Sunny Hill Resort & Golf Course)||Lodging – Resort|
|Carol Schreiber (Baumann’s Brookside)||Lodging – Resort|
|Bernadette Gavin (Gavin’s Irish Country Inn)||Lodging – Resort|
|Suzanne Oldakowski (Bavarian Manor Country Inn and Restaurant)||Lodging – Inn/B&B|
|Chuck Tomajko (Fairlawn Inn)||Lodging – Inn/B&B|
|Peter Massmann (Blackhead Mountain Lodge and Country Club)||Golf|
|Russ Coloton (Hunter Mountain)||Ski|
|Troy Ketchum (Windham Mountain)||Ski|
|Betsy Jacks (Thomas Cole National Historic Site)||Arts-Culture-History|