Beaverkill River just outside Roscoe, NY. Photos by Escape Brooklyn, except where noted.

Approximately 120 miles from NYC, the town of Roscoe has earned its place on the map for attracting anglers from around the globe. The town, affectionately dubbed Trout Town USA, is renowned for its plentitude of streams, lakes and reservoirs – abundant with trout – that wind their way through its sprawling forests.

Roscoe is home to many notable residents, including the Two Headed Trout – who, legend has it, long ago made its home in the Junction Pool (where the famous Beaverkill River and Willowemoc Creek meet). Unable to decide which river to live in, this fabled fish sprouted a second head to face both rivers forever.

Beyond its fishy fame, however, Roscoe reels in throngs of visitors for more than what its pristine waters promise. Check out our guides below for the best places to explore, eat and drink – plus, where to stay during your visit to this lively locale.

What to Do: Hiking, Shopping & Exploring in Roscoe, NY

Scenic waterfall in the Delaware Wild Forest near Roscoe, NY.

A gateway to the stunning Catskill State Park, outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy its boundless trailways including Mud Pond Loop– a stunning, 4.4 mile loop that winds itself past a rushing waterfall, a mountaintop pond, and towering birch forest before its final descent. For those seeking a shorter jaunt, Crystal Lake Loop comprises a 1.4 mile trek alongside the tranquil waters its path encircles.

Returning from nature, Roscoe’s historic downtown boasts a variety of specialty shops and restaurants. The town, which is one of many stops along the Good Taste Artisanal Beverage Trail, includes Roscoe Beer Company, a go-to spot to enjoy a tasty beverage outdoors (the amber ale is a standout pour on tap) and Do Good Distillery, open daily for tastings and tours. Pick up a bottle of their famous Beaverkill Bourbon Cream, perfect to splash into coffee or serve as-is over ice.

Visit Buck Brook Alpacas in Roscoe, NY for the warm fuzzies. Photo c/o Buck Brook Alpacas.

Main Street, Roscoe’s chief thoroughfare, offers a fun range of unique shops to explore. The WEMOC General, a cornerstone of the town’s historic strip, specializes in home goods, ceramics, global textiles and upstate-inspired apparel. It’s also home to Sway & Papi’s, serving up caffeine and carbs to the community. A few shops over, Taylor & Ace is a thoughtfully curated collection of mid century antiques, vintage clothing and other delightful finds. Beaverkill Angler is another essential stop for folks flocking to Roscoe for its angling allure; a full service fly fishing shop including equipment rentals and guide services. The Hound Books is another new addition to Roscoe: the town’s first independent bookstore, with a carefully curated collection of poetry, essays, biographies, history books and more inspired by an appreciation for the natural world.

Just outside of town, for those seeking the (literal) warm-and-fuzzies, Buck Brook Alpacas is a visit worth planning for. A family owned farm that offers tours year round, visitors can explore the grounds while offering handfuls of hay to packs of alpacas. Stop by their unique gift shop to find an extensive array of merchandise made directly from alpaca wool including socks, sweaters, blankets and more.

Where to Eat & Drink in Roscoe, NY

Bar & restaurant The Junction in Roscoe, NY. Photo: Alec Castillo.

Looking to grab a bite, The Junction, a popular restaurant and bar, offers an extensive cocktail list and rotating selection of frozen drinks daily. Their menu features elevated comfort food including an unforgettable burger stacked with thick-cut bacon (if you so desire) and a nod to what the town does best – an appetizer of smoked trout to slather atop saltines. Northern Farmhouse Pasta, which operates out of a farmhouse over 200 years old, is the perfect place to enjoy brunch or dinner. Their seasonal menu features local produce, a range of pastas made fresh from New York-grown wheat as well as larger entrees. Fans of Northern Farmhouse Pasta can also find their products in several specialty food shops and markets both within Roscoe and county-wide. Last but not least, The Yarra (also one of our lodging recommendations) serves affordable, delicious pre-fixe menus inspired by travel to Melbourne to its guests and visitors alike. Reservations are highly recommended.

Beyond the town’s borders, a short 10-minute drive brings visitors further afoot to the town of Livingston Manor where those willing to make the short trip can enjoy even more exciting venues to eat, drink and be merry. Sunshine Colony, a natural wine bar that offers rotating menus of snacks and cocktails. Patrons can pluck a paperback off the shelf or enjoy the outdoor terrace in the back garden. Other town favorites include fresh tacos and margaritas at Van Smokey (operating inside the town’s best place to source local and smoked meats). If you can score a table, Kaatskeller prepares wood-fired pies with uniquely seasonal toppings including ramps and wild boar. Visitors to Livingston Manor can also whet their whistle at one of the town’s two breweries, Catskill Brewery and Upward Brewing Company; and while you’re in Roscoe, be sure to check out Roscoe Beer Co.

Where to Stay in Roscoe, NY

There’s no shortage of vacation rentals, boutique hotels and even motels in the Roscoe, NY area. Below, we’re sharing some of our favorites.

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Roscoe Farmhouse

The spacious, charming Roscoe Farmhouse dates to the the 1800’s and features three bedrooms that sleeps six guests. Look forward to soaking in the ensuite bathroom’s clawfoot tub, or sipping your morning coffee on the stone patio – sitting atop 22 acres of land replete with expansive Catskills views. ~$375/night (plus ~$250 cleaning).

The Yarra

New in town is The Yarra, a 4-room boutique hotel named after a river in Melbourne; its pre-fixe menu restaurant is inspired by the food scene there (of all places)! The sweet hotel is equidistant walking to Junction Pool, and Main Street in Roscoe, about five minutes to either. Dinner reservations highly recommended. Rooms begin ~$190/night.

Wonders Never Cease

Just outside Roscoe, the aptly named Wonders Never Cease isn’t just a cozy cabin – it’s a world of wonder! Three bedrooms sleeps up to six guests at this log abode, with dual living rooms, three decks, hot tub, and a perfectly placed barrel sauna overlooking the forest. ~$235/night (plus ~$200 cleaning.)

The Arnold House

Technically in Livingston Manor, mountaintop boutique hotel Arnold House is just a few minutes drive down Shandelee Mountain into Roscoe. We especially love the on-site amenities including its cozy tavern, sunroom with a fireplace, crazy-lush greenhouse, and short trails, perfect for a casual stroll. Rooms begin ~$280/night.

Misty Mountain Haven

The charming Misty Mountain Haven is set on the edge of 50 acres of woods and boasts access to Willowemoc Creek – known for its excellent trout fishing. Livingston Manor’s Main Street is a five-minute drive away, and Roscoe is six minutes away. After days spent outdoors, return to stargaze under the outdoor fire pit, or cozy up by the interior fireplace. With space for 9 guests, book this enchanting spot with friends or family. ~$500/night (cleaning included).

Roscoe Motel

Located on the bank of the Beaverkill River, across the street from the famous Junction Pool, Roscoe Motel is a favorite amongst fly fishing clientele – many of whom return year after year. The rooms are quiet and clean, but a serious time capsule to the motel’s 1950’s roots including wooden headboards, patterned wallpaper and floral carpets. An authentic Roscoe experience. Rooms begin ~$105/night.