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Overlook Mountain, May its human neighbors in this time of crisis, rally to its defenses

–  Alf Evers

Environment  -  Culture  -  Community

Sacred Mountain

Overlook Mountain

in Woodstock New York, may well be one of the most important and sacred mountains in our region. Since the mountain has entered human consciousness many thousands of years ago, it has served people in innumerable ways and has attained high status and recognition not just in the local community, but worldwide.

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The mountain acts as a major gateway to the nearly one million acre Catskill Forest Preserve, offering the closest Catskill Mountain summit trailhead to the New York City metropolitan area. Overlook Mountain is also the center of Tibetan Buddhism in North America and was recognized as a sacred site by the Iroquois Confederacy at the Council at Onondaga in 1979.

It’s time Overlook Mountain is honored and protected in a way that reflects its unique status and the immense contribution the mountain has made to humanity. The Overlook Mountain Center (OMC), through promoting cultural history, environment awareness, and community through collaboration, will act as a permanent human reflection of the mountain, honoring Overlook; the mountain that has given so much, to so many, in so many ways, for so long. OMC will create programming, exhibits and experiances that celebrate all aspects of Overlook Mountain, its’ past, present and future.

Despite its historical importance and beauty, large land parcels on Overlook Mountain are being threatened by real estate development. When two large parcels were threatened in Lewis Hollow, concerned citizens knew we must act quickly to help save this land! And we did!

Mission Statement

OMC, a NYS nonprofit formed in 2013, promotes awareness and understanding of the relationship between Overlook Mountain and the human populations that have encountered it throughout time. OMC creates programs, exhibits and tours to educate, experience and celebrate all aspects of Overlook Mountain and its ecosystems.

2018 OMC Program Schedule

2018 scheduled OMC hikes.

Please check back for added workshop and lecture events

Sat. 4/28 – Lewis Hollow cairns, walls and effigies
Sat. 5/26 – Lewis Hollow cairns, walls and effigies
Sun. 6/24 – Overlook Mountain Summer Solstice Sunset Summit Hike
Sat. 7/21 – Lewis Hollow cairns, walls and effigies
Sun. 8/19 – Mysteries of Mink Hollow hike
Sat. 9/22 Equinox hike – Lewis Hollow cairns, walls and effigies
Sun. 10/21 – Lewis Hollow cairns, walls and effigies
Sat. 11/18 Mysteries of Mink Hollow hike
Sat. 12/22 Solstice hike – TBD

For more detailed hiking & workshop info please go to our Programs page

Project Goals

Oversee the stewardship, conservation and preservation of the 37 acre upper Lewis Hollow site on Overlook Mountain in Woodstock, NY, containing cairns, “great” cairns, serpent effigy walls, springs and a possible Draco constellation petroform


This has been made possible thanks to funding secured by the Overlook Mountain Center, from a local private family foundation and other contributors.

List the upper Lewis Hollow Property on the National and State Register of Historic Places as a sacred Native American Ceremonial Stone Landscape.

This unique, one-of-a-kind property was Catskill historian Alf Evers backyard. The flora and fauna, along with the mysterious man-made stone constructions, have been the source of study for not only historians, but ecologists, biologists hydrologists, and archaeological researchers as well, all seeking to understand the various site features in their proper cultural context.

Conduct interpretive hikes that will lead visitors through the property, highlighting and explaining the site history, features and artifacts.
Create multimedia programs and exhibits highlighting early industry, including, tanning, timber, blue stone quarrying and tourism as well as the mysteries of Overlook Mountain.
Create outdoor, experiential education programs related to landscape archaeology and archaeoastronomy.
Organize programs, lectures and workshops promoting and protecting a healthy environment, diverse culture and strong community.

Mysteries of Lewis Hollow

Mysteries of Lewis Hollow

Lewis Hollow Map


Serpent effigy

Petroform Map


Contact OMC: 845-417-8384 | P.O. Box 1278, Woodstock, NY 12498

Administrator: Glenn Kreisberg

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