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A fly fisherman casts for trout in the (Credit: Newsday / Lorina Capitulo)

A fly fisherman casts for trout in the Willowemoc River.

Catskills getaways

For more than 200 years, the Catskills have served as a scenic and salubrious escape for frazzled New Yorkers fleeing the summertime heat.

Hatha Yoga class at Sivananda Yoga Ranch, a
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Hatha Yoga class at Sivananda Yoga Ranch, a 75-acre compound offering daily classes in classical Indian yoga, meditation and contemplation.

Picturesque Esopus Creek flows through the heart of
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Picturesque Esopus Creek flows through the heart of the Catskills, and the Phoenicia-based Town Tinker Tube Rental outfit whitewater riders.

Birdwatch -- and perhaps spot a hairy woodpecker
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Birdwatch -- and perhaps spot a hairy woodpecker -- at Esopus Bend Nature Preserve in Saugerties. (Oct. 26, 2011l)

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Two-tiered Kaaterskill Falls, which at 230 total feet
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Two-tiered Kaaterskill Falls, which at 230 total feet is the highest in the state, is just west of Palenville, N.Y. (Aug. 16, 2009)

Two-tiered Kaaterskill Falls is west of Palenville.
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Two-tiered Kaaterskill Falls is west of Palenville.

Kingston was rebuilt boasts two historic neighborhoods, including
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Kingston was rebuilt boasts two historic neighborhoods, including the Stockade District and its Senate House Museum. (March 28, 2012)

Old Dutch Church is among the sites in
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Old Dutch Church is among the sites in Kingston's historic Stockade District.

In December 2010, New York Zipline Adventures opened
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In December 2010, New York Zipline Adventures opened the longest (4.6 miles) and highest (more than 600 feet) zipline canopy tour in North America at Hunter Mountain.

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Adventure Park at Windham Mountain's Summer Adventure Park
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Adventure Park at Windham Mountain's Summer Adventure Park features 500-foot dueling ziplines.

Visitors stroll along Main Street in Roscoe, a
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Visitors stroll along Main Street in Roscoe, a picturesque hamlet where American dry fly casting was born. Now known as "Trout Town U.S.A.," it's a mecca for fly fishermen who come to test their skills each year in the Beaverkill and Willowemoc rivers.

A fly fisherman casts for trout in the
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A fly fisherman casts for trout in the Willowemoc River.

The Catskill Mountain Railroads Esopus Creek Scenic Train
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The Catskill Mountain Railroads Esopus Creek Scenic Train provides a great way to enjoy the spectacular views.

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