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NY officials plan access upgrades to popular Catskill peak

Associated Press Associated Press 27/11/2016

WOODSTOCK, N.Y. — People with disabilities could drive up a mountain to one of the five remaining fire towers in the Catskills under a proposal by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation.

Overlook Mountain in Woodstock is popular with hikers who climb a 2.4-mile trail to the fire tower on its summit. From the tower, people can see a panoramic view of mountains, the Hudson River and New York City reservoirs.

Under the state's updated access plan , people with disabilities could drive to the fire tower with a special permit. The plan also calls for more than 30 new parking spaces and some new trails.

The department says Overlook is one of the most-visited locations in the Catskills.

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