Outdoor Recreation

Bicycling & Mountain Biking

Our area offers great biking for professionals and amateurs alike.  The nationally and internationally known “Windham World Cup” and “Tour of the Catskills” traverse over some of the Town of Durham roads.  Not only is it great exercise, but the views are spectacular.

Bird Watching

Over 270 species of birds have been recorded in Greene County.  There’s a lot to enjoy any time of the year.  Bring your binoculars and a guide book and have a great time.


Catskill Creek, which runs through the Town of Durham, hosts many kayak enthusiasts, particularly in the spring.


It’s been written that our area “is rapidly becoming known as a destination spot for anglers, with unparalleled fishing for species such as bass and trout.” Our streams are stocked with almost 37,000 brown trout, 7000 in the Catskill Creek alone.  There are 6 parking / public access areas with public fishing rights in the town of Durham.  Sites nearby, allow fishing year round.  For further information contact  http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/fishing.html, or the Town Clerk @ 518-239-6122.


Play a different golf course each day of the week at one of the many golf courses nearby.


Some of the best Catskill Mountain trailheads border the Town of Durham. A simple walk down any of our country roads affords great views and great exercise, while enjoying the wildlife that live here.


The Catskill Forest Preserve has over 286,000 acres of state land within the Catskill Park available for hunting.  An additional 600 acres is located in Mt. Hayden State Forest which borders the Sutton and Cunningham Roads.  Hull-O Farms Game Preserve offers both walk-up and Continental Towers Shoots.  The nearby Wildlife Management Areas of Partridge Run (4594 acres) and Franklinton Vlaie (185 acres) offer additional places to hunt.  For further information contact http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/hunting.html, and the DEC interactive mapper or the Town Clerk @ 518-239-6122.

Ice Skating

Ice skating is available up on Windham Mountain, between 10 and 30 minutes from the Durham area.

Scenic Drives

The Town Of Durham offers unequaled beauty and scenery.  “In 1991, the State of New York designated 22 miles of road in the Town of Durham as New York State scenic Roads”, at the time, “the most mileage in a Town ever so designated.”  The scenic and natural beauty, with rolling hills, five state views, mountain vistas, waterfalls and stone bridges take your breath away.  Farms dot the countryside and the Catskill Mountains rise up “majestically” from the valley.


Two major ski centers, Windham Mountain and Hunter Mountain, are a short drive away. Durham is great for cross country skiing, sledding and snowshoeing.


Durham is home to one of New York’s water parks. Take a dip in one of our cool mountain creeks or “swimming holes.”

snow recreation