Huckleberry Point is a popular hiking destination in the Catskill Mountains for good reason. The scenic overlook of Huckleberry point offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valley, and it’s a perfect spot for photography. Hikers of almost every level can enjoy the 1.5-mile hike to Huckleberry Point and there are plenty of other trails in the area for those who want to explore more. Whether you’re looking for a challenging hike or a leisurely stroll, Huckleberry Point is sure to please.
A photo gallery from Platte Clove and Huckleberry Point was taken on different days.
Locations include Platte Clove Preserve, Plattekill Creek, Hells Hole Creek, Devils Kitchen, and Huckleberry Point.
Some of the Huckleberry Point photographs were taken with my cell phone using the camera panorama mode. Surprisingly it works very well and is quite easy to take a nice-looking panorama very quickly.
It is always a debate as to which photos to post and how many. Because I used 2 cameras, my DSLR and my cell phone, I posted similar photos of Huckleberry Point taken with each.
Below are selected recent stories from the web regarding the above places.
Long Path Footbridge in Platte Clove Preserve Is Closed
Information from NYNJTC.org
April 28, 2013: The footbridge for the Long Path in the Platte Clove Preserve in Platte Clove is closed. A short relocation just upstream from the bridge site has been marked and will be used until such time as the bridge can be replaced. This stream crossing is not difficult during low water, but can be very difficult in high water events. You should not try crossing the stream during very high water events, as Platte Clove Falls is just downstream.
The Trail Conference is currently planning for the replacement of the bridge to start in late May and finish towards the end of June. If you are interested in taking part in the Trail Crews that will be working on the bridge, please watch our Trail Crew Schedule and look for Catskill Trail Crew Work in Platte Clove.
During high water conditions (or if you do not wish to cross the stream without a bridge), an alternate route to the Devil’s Kitchen Lean-to, Devil’s Path and Overlook Trail would be to access the Devil’s Path from the Prediger Road Trailhead. The trailhead is located at the end of Prediger Road. Prediger Road is about 1 mile west of The Long Path crossing of Platte Clove Road on County Route 16. Follow Predier Road to its end where the trailhead and trailhead parking is located. Follow the Devil’s Path from the trailhead, across the base of Indian Head Mountain, to its intersection with the Overlook Trail.
Information from Localhikes.com
This hike is a rarity in the Catskills. A hike to a beautiful overlook that doesn’t involve a vigorous, 3-4 hour climb. The blue-blazed trail (Part of the Long Path) starts at the parking area on Platte Clove Road. It begins as a gentle climb up a heavily eroded woods road. After about 3/4 mile it reaches a junction with the yellow-blazed Huckleberry Point trail. Turn right here. The trail is more pleasant here, as it’s now a narrow path through the forest. It crosses a stream, then climbs a bit before descending towards Huckleberry Point. Here you will find outstanding views of the Hudson Valley to the east and Indian Head, Plattekill, and Twin Mtns to the south. Bring binoculars and your lunch.
Platte Clove Road
Information from TheDailyFreeman.com
Published: May 31, 2013
The state Senate has approved designating a 41-mile corridor through Greene County’s mountaintop as the Mountain Cloves Scenic Byway.
The bill was sponsored by Sen. Cecelia Tkaczyk, D-Duanesburg, and still is awaiting action in the state Assembly, where it is to be introduced by Peter Lopez, R-Schoharie.
A press release from Tkaczyk’s office said the Mountain Cloves Scenic Byway would link Platte Clove Road with sections of state Routes 23A and 214. The byway would cross through the town and village of Hunter, as well as the village of Tannersville, the release said.
Those municipalities, along with other local governments, chambers of commerce, businesses and not-for-profit organizations, have worked since 2005 to obtain the designation, the release said.
“State scenic byways are an important tool for economic development,” Tkaczyk said. “They increase tourism and recreational opportunities and also help secure federal funding for road improvements and preservation.”
Tkaczyk said the designation could lead to such federally funded improvements as increased parking and improved access to Kaaterskill Falls in the town of Hunter.
“Kaaterskill Falls is a stunning natural resource and one of America’s oldest tourist attractions,” Tkaczyk said. “It was a favorite subject for Thomas Cole and other Hudson River School artists, and we should be promoting and preserving the natural beauty and recreational opportunities it offers.”