Park Minute: Catskill Mountain Sunrise

Since the early 1800s, people have risen before dawn on the brink of the northeastern escarpment of New York’s Catskill Mountains to watch the sun rise over the Hudson River Valley. Here the Hudson River School of American art was born in the early 1800s, in the area near the former famous Catskill Mountain House.

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Catskill Sunrise

Sunrise over the Hudson River Valley as seen from the site of the Catskill Mountain House on the brink of the Catskill escarpment. The Hudson River is visible in the right-center of the picture, more than 2000 feet below. The Catskill Mountain House was a luxury tourist hotel in the 19th century and the area was the epicenter of the birth of the Hudson River School of American landscape painting.

Sunrise over the Hudson River Valley as seen from the site of the Catskill Mountain House on the brink of the Catskill escarpment. The Hudson River is visible in the right-center of the picture, more than 2000 feet below. The Catskill Mountain House was a luxury tourist hotel in the 19th century and the area was the epicenter of the birth of the Hudson River School of American landscape painting.

In this episode, #85, of Walk in the Park, we travel to New York’s Catskill Mountains, to the northeast section of Catskill Park overlooking the Hudson River Valley. We camp at North Lake/South Lake Campground, go for a hike to North Point, and explore the history behind the site of the Catskill Mountain House and the Hudson River School of painting. And we finish with a visit to the nearby Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill, NY, along the Hudson River and within sight of the Catskills.

You can watch the show right here online, and on Ithaca, NY cable channel 13. 2017 cablecast schedule:

9:00 PM, Thursday, September 28, 2017

10:00 AM, Saturday and Sunday

8:00 PM, Tuesday, October 3, 2017

And to watch an illustrated short video of this sunrise check out our Park Minute: Catskill Mountain Sunrise.

Walk in the Park is a public access weekly TV show recorded in PEGASYS Studios in Ithaca, NY. See all of our Walk in the Park episodes.

Walk in the Park is produced by Owl Gorge Productions, publisher of our national award-winning book about Watkins Glen State Park in New York’s Finger Lakes region, A WALK THROUGH WATKINS GLEN: WATER’S SCULPTURE IN STONE.