Share:

Ashokan Reservoir Promenade

Catskill Mountains, New York

Start Exploring
Ashokan Reservoir Promenade

Share:

Advertisement
  • The promenade is very flat and smooth, making it popular with cyclists.- Ashokan Reservoir Promenade
  • Great views of the Catskill Mountains.- Ashokan Reservoir Promenade
  • A bicyclist enjoying a spring day.- Ashokan Reservoir Promenade
  • Walking west along the promenade.- Ashokan Reservoir Promenade
  • The beautiful bridge between the upper and lower Ashokan Reservoirs.- Ashokan Reservoir Promenade
  • A bald eagle perches near the Reservoir.- Ashokan Reservoir Promenade
  • Deer are often seen grazing on the slopes next to the promenade.- Ashokan Reservoir Promenade
  • The McClellan Monument- Ashokan Reservoir Promenade
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Great views. Easy access. Level path.
Cons: 
Can be crowded.
Advertisement
Region:
Catskill Mountains, NY
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Net Elevation Gain: 
180.00 ft (54.86 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Biking
Total Distance: 
5.80 mi (9.33 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
610.00 ft (185.93 m)
Current Local Weather:
Advertisement
Hike Description

Hike Description

Contributor

The Ashokan Reservoir is one of the many reservoirs that were built to guarantee New York City clean drinking water. A paved path known as the Ashokan Promenade stretches 2.8 miles along its southern shore, providing breathtaking views of the Catskill Mountains and wildlife viewing opportunities. The path is open to walking and cycling. Visitors are encouraged to park at "The Frying Pan" on the eastern terminus to ease traffic concerns on the west end. 

The trail is flat, ADA-accessible, and has one road crossing at the southern end of the bridge connecting Route 28 with Route 28A. The western end is more secluded. It's common to see bald eagles nesting on a point about three-quarters of the way to the western terminus. Deer can often be seen grazing the grassy slope.

The Ashokan Reservoir was placed into service as a supplier for New York City's drinking water in 1915, after the Esopus Creek was dammed. The two basins hold over 122 billion gallons of water at maximum capacity. Because it is one of the sources of the sity's drinking water, absolutely no swimming or off-trail activity is allowed. Not everyone was thrilled by the development. Over 2,000 people were displaced when the reservoir was inundated, and some artifacts can still be found when the reservoir dips below its usual capacity. 

Updates, Tips + Comments

Updates, Tips + Comments

Field Guide

Field Guide

Download
Advertisement
Location + Directions

Location + Directions

Nearby Adventures

(42 within a 30 mile radius)

Advertisement
Related Content

Related Content

Adventure Community

Adventure Community

Who Wants To Do It
1 Members
Who's Done It
1 Members
Submission by
Contributor
191 Adventures Explored
162 Adventures Published

Newsletter Signup

Join the Outdoor Project Community

Get access to essential planning materials and information for your next adventure. Take a few seconds to join the community. It’s FREE!

Free Field Guides + Maps

Post Updates, Tips + Comments

Organize + Track Your Adventures

Insider Detailed Info, News + Benefits

Custom Driving Directions

Recommended Campsites, Photos + Reservation Info