When considering local travel a short drive from New York City, the Sullivan Catskills region encompassing Narrowsburg and Callicoon, New York, may not be the first destination to spring to mind. Here’s why it should be. This post is sponsored by the Sullivan Catskills Visitors’ Association.
Chase waterfalls, trap trout, and sip some award-winning brews. “Hitchhike to heaven.” My guide, Joe, stuck his thumb toward the sky. I had never hitchhiked in a pair of waders before, but here I was: Thigh deep in the cool waters of the Willowemoc Creek, learning how to fly fish in Trout Town, USA—government name: Roscoe, New York.
During the first half of the 20th century, hundreds of thousands of visitors flocked in the summer to the southwestern corner of the Catskills, where resorts and bungalow colonies comprised the Borscht Belt. But by the mid-1900s, tourism to the Belt had slackened as air travel became more convenient and affordable.