Hancock is a vibrant town nestled at the edge of the western Catskills and offers an array of exciting summer activities for visitors and locals. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, adventure seeker, or simply looking to unwind, Hancock has something for everyone. Get ready to explore and make the most of your summer with these must-do activities in Hancock.
The East and West branches of the Delaware River converge at Hancock from opposing directions at the base of Point Mountain to form the headwaters of the Delaware River which flow to the Atlantic Ocean.
Fish or float the
Known as one of the best fishing destinations in the region, the Delaware River offers anglers the opportunity to catch trout, bass and more. The Delaware river, along with the many streams, lakes and ponds that surround Hancock, are teaming with brook and brown trout, perch, bass, bullhead and eel and is a world-renowned fishery. The river also provides summer passage for canoeists and rafters “running the rapids” to Equinunk, Skinner’s Falls, Fishes Eddy and points as far south as Port Jervis. Rent a canoe or kayak and enjoy a peaceful day on the water, surrounded by breathtaking scenery. To rent a kayak, canoe, or tube, visit Outdoor Adventure Recreational Services. For more information www.oarsofhancock.com
Take a scenic hike
Hancock boasts numerous scenic hiking trails, including Jensen’s Ledges, on Bouchoux Brook Road. Jensen’s Ledges, locally called “The Ledges” is challenging even for advanced hikers, but leads to expansive views of the Upper Delaware River valley. The Finger Lakes Trail and Rock Rift Rail Trail and Fire Tower, located adjacent to the Cannonsville Reservoir just outside the town of Hancock in the town of Tompkins, provide challenging and easy hikes. The Finger Lakes Trail, with trailhead parking at the intersection of state Routes 268 and 10, starts beneath the canopy of mature forest and leads to Rock Rift Fire Tower. The rail trail is suited to beginner hikers and history buffs as the trail is the former rail bed where coal, tracks, and abandoned pole lines lead nature lovers through the former towns of Rock Rift, Granton and Cannonsville. The Partridge Island trail, located off Old Route 17, near the Partridge Island cemetery, is flat, with easy access and stunning views of the Delaware River.
Explore the Upper
Delaware Scenic Byway
Embark on a road trip along the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway, a designated national scenic byway. Drive through charming towns, take in panoramic views of the Delaware River, and discover hidden gems along the way.
The Upper Delaware Scenic Byway, along state Route 97, offers some of the finest recreational opportunities in the northeastern United States. Sightseeing, boating, camping, hunting, fishing, hiking, birdwatching, and cycling along state-established bike routes are popular activities in the river area. For more information www.upperdelawarescenicbyway.org/natural-attractions
Tee off at the picturesque Hancock Golf Course, 522 Golf Course Road. This scenic nine-hole course provides a delightful golfing experience amidst rolling hills and lush greens. Perfect for both beginners and seasoned golfers, it’s a great way to enjoy the outdoors. The course was designed by Robert Trent Jones, who has designed over 500 courses. For more information visit hancockgolfandcountryclub.com
Just outside of Hancock visit French Woods Golf & Country Club on state Route 97. They offer all-inclusive “Play & Stay” packages with special pricing Sunday through Thursday, or build your own custom designed package on a weekend. The course is for golfers of any skill level. Test your accuracy withairways, water hazards and sand traps.
Fore more information visit www.frenchwoodsgolf.mobi
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