Head to the Black River Canyon near Watertown, where the Whitewater Challengers outpost will get you set up. Water courses through the canyon walls, churning up as it goes, making for a wild ride. If you’re looking to extend the adventure, stay overnight at the nearby Black River Bay Campground and come back for a second day of rafting. Every trip with Whitewater Challengers includes cookies and lemonade to enjoy on the water and ends with an outdoor cookout as you process your thrilling moments.
Climb and Hike the Gunks
The Shawangunk Mountains are a beautiful mountain ridge that lies across the border of the Hudson Valley and Catskills regions. Also called the Gunks, they’re a world-famous rock-climbing destination, thanks to their accessible cliffs and scenic views. Mountain Skills Climbing Guides in Stone Ridge offer a fantastic course for beginner outdoor climbers. You can also enjoy the beauty by hiking any of the hundreds of trails in Minnewaska State Park and the Mohonk Preserve.
Zipline Through the Catskills
The New York Zipline Adventure Tour at Hunter Mountain has an enormous rope and zipline setup to give you the most mind-boggling views of the Catskill Mountains. First, there’s the Summit SkyRider Tour, which happens to be the second-longest zipline in the entire world—and it lets you RACE each other! The Mid-Mountain Outdoor Adventure Tour is satisfying for more experienced rope-climbers, without being too challenging for beginners. Or take it easy on the Adventure Tower tour, a nine-obstacle ropes course that has zero zippiness.
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