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Old 02-11-2014, 05:35 PM   #1
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Ride the Catskills - unpaved

I've been looking at a trip to the Catskills and am wondering if I can get some local knowledge/feedback on what appears, on paper, to be some great back roads of the unpaved kind.

Wondering if these are mostly gravel, vs. something sand/dirt?
What is it like in the Spring, and when does the mud get out?
What about places to camp? Is stealth camping a possibility?
Is there a black fly season, if so when?
Any resource to check-in on local conditions, road closings...?
Are there any good trip reports out there?

Many Thanks, dean

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Old 02-15-2014, 10:26 AM   #2
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Map tweaked to show dirt, paved and primitive sections.

I imported your gpx file and color coded the roads as best I could from memory. (I hope the link works, I don't have a smugmug account.
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Black - Paved
Red - maintained dirt
Green - primitive dirt
Yellow - may be private land.

The two yellow sections are:
There are two sections of Tweedie road, with the road disappearing between them, it is private land according to the county tax map.
On Basily Road, there is a hunting camp on private land with prominent no trespassing signs so it is not possible to go end to end. The eastern segment of Basily road is worth doing even though it dead ends.

There is one major mistake in my color coding, I didn't mark Mary Smith road as red for dirt.

I have also posted tracks on other threads.

We don't have black flies like the Adirondacks. There is information here about camping on state land.

This one is close to what you were looking at:

Also Peacefully Valley Campsite in Shinhopple NY is a private campsite that is very motorcycle friendly.

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Old 02-25-2014, 03:15 PM   #3
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Black flies in the Catskills are pretty tame, at least when I've been there.

Highway 17 is on track to become an Interstate someday (there are signs all over it saying "Future Interstate"), so you might want to finagle a way to cut out the little Highway 17 bit on your tracks above.
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