Collier's New Encyclopedia (1921)/Catskill Mountains

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CATSKILL MOUNTAINS a chain of the Appalachian system, beginning in Greene co., N. Y., on the W. side of the Hudson river. The scenery of these mountains is remarkably picturesque and beautiful, while from the higher points may be seen extensive and interesting views, taking in a radius from the Green Mountains of Vermont to the West Point Highlands. An interesting natural development is the “Caaterskill Clove,” in which two streams unite in an unbroken fall of 180 feet, afterward rushing over falls of 80 and 40 feet. During the winter this fall presents a wonderful appearance. The highest peaks are Slide Mountain (4,204 feet) and Hunter Mountain (4,025 feet). To this region numbers of summer guests repair yearly, living in farmhouses or hotels. Railroads have been built among the mountains. The mountains are thickly wooded with oak, hickory, ash, pine, beech, and maple trees.