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A fly fisherman casts for trout in the

A fly fisherman casts for trout in the Willowemoc River. Photo Credit: Newsday / Lorina Capitulo

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)

Two-tiered Kaaterskill Falls, which at 230 total feet
Photo Credit: Newsday / Lorina Capitulo

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.

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
Photo Credit: Newsday / Lorina Capitulo

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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