Olive
  • Ashokan Reservoir

Nestled in the Catskill Mountains and totally within the Catskill Park and Forest Preserve, the town of Olive is home to the Ashokan Dam and the scenic Ashokan Reservoir.  It was founded in 1823. Less than a century later, the town’s geography was significantly altered by the construction of the Ashokan Reservoir. Today the promenades along the reservoir are popular among walkers, runners and cyclists and offer a grand panorama of the reservoir and several high peaks of the Catskills.

Route 28 is Olive’s main thoroughfare along the north side of the reservoir and is designated a New York State Scenic Byway.  Route 28A runs along the south side of the Ashokan offering a more winding route with rural views.  The Esopus Creek is a world-renowned rainbow trout stream that runs through Olive before emptying into the Ashokan Reservoir.  For more than a century, the Esopus Creek has been an ideal spot for generations of fly fishermen - one of those being Theodore Gordon.  Fishing the Ashokan Reservoir is allowed by obtaining a permit from the New York City Department of Environmental Protection.  The Kanape Brook and High Point hiking trails are accessible from Watson Hollow Road in West Shokan.