TravelStorys App provides free GPS guided tours that share the stories of the Catskills
LIVINGSTON MANOR and ARKVILLE, NY – The stories of the citizens and settlers of the Catskills illustrate the uniqueness of the region, and today Catskill Mountainkeeper and the Catskill Center release new TravelStorys audio tours that allow listeners to hear the stories of the Catskills as they travel at the pace of their own curiosity.
The Gateway to the Catskills: Livingston Manor, Roscoe and more! and Catskill Mountains Scenic Byway audio tours are both available through the free TravelStorys app (available for download on smartphones). TravelStorys bringsthe little-known stories about the land to life, and by using GPS technology, stories on the tours automatically play as listeners pass through each site.
The Scenic Byway tour follows the historic and beautiful Route 28 Scenic Byway. As drivers take in sweeping mountain views and charming small towns, they’re serenaded with stories of the history, landscape, and culture of the Catskill region, told by the people that call it home. Listeners are introduced to Big Indian Mountain and the Legend of Winnisook: Big Indian’s namesake, as told by MaryLou Stapleton whose family has deep roots in the Big Indian Oliverea Valley. The history of farming in the Catskills is told by Burr Hubbell and includes a stop at Hubbell Farm, where the Hubbells have been working the land since the American Revolution.
Gateway to the Catskills guides visitors to a region bordering the Catskill Mountains known as Rockland Township, focusing on two of the township’s best-known communities: Roscoe and Livingston Manor. The tour explores some of the towns’ most interesting historic landmarks, including covered bridges, while also pointing out the region's spectacular recreational opportunities. There are two parts to this tour: a walking section in downtown Livingston Manor and a 20-mile driving section that circles from Livingston Manor to Roscoe and back. While on the tour, listeners will hear the Legend of the Two Headed Trout, the story of the Silver and Golden Ages of tourism in the Catskills, and take in an amazing vista of the Catskill Park.
Nearly 12 million people visited the Catskills last year and the region is growing as a premier destination. The Catskills TravelStorys Audio Tours invites visitors to interact with the region in a deeper way, and to get off the beaten track with audio guides that know the area inside and out.
Catskill Mountainkeeper’s mission is to protect our region’s wild lands and natural resources, support smart development to sustainably grow our economy, nurture healthy communities, and accelerate the transition to a 100% clean energy future in New York and beyond.
Since 1969, The Catskill Center has lead the effort to protect more than 700,000 acres of the Catskill Park and Catskill Forest Preserve. The Center’s mission is to protect and foster the environmental, cultural, and economic well-being of the Catskill Region.