Summary: Kaaterskill Falls is the highest two-tiered waterfall in New York state. It is a very popular spot - especially during the warmer Summer months.
From the parking area, walk down to the bridge. Be cautious walking along the shoulder of the road.
Near the bridge is Bastion Falls. Continue on the trail (yellow markers) for about 0.5 miles to the base of Katterskill Falls.
The water drops 260 feet in two stages. The first drop is 180 feet while the second is only 80 feet.
The official trail ends here. Turn around and head back.
Trailhead: Take NY Route 23A going west through the village of Pallenville. About 3 miles from the village you will get to a sharp hair-pin turn (Here you will cross a bridge and see some nice falls on the right). The parking area is on the left just up the road.
Trail Guides for Kaaterskill Falls:
Catskill Trails A Rangers Guide to the High Peaks Northern
by Edward G. Henry (Black Dome Press)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: NYS DEC Region 4 Ranger (518) 589-0216
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by George Senft, who has posted 26 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by dan on 1/13/2013
best after rain storm bring a lunch GO EARLY
Reviewed by AJN on 5/24/2012
Went in the heart of winter and it was gorgeous.
Reviewed by ss on 4/13/2012
Reviewed by Alex on 8/9/2011
One of the most beautiful easy hikes on the planet. Simply stunning. It is best in spring and fall, but I've hiked it in every season. I proposed to my wife there on Christmas Eve 1990. Our 4-year-old son loves it as much as we do. Warnings: - Avoid on nice weekend days. It gets ridiculously mobbed. - Do not try to hike beyond the end of the blazed trail at the base of the lower falls. There used to be a great continuation of the trail that led all the way to the top of the falls, but today the extreme erosion makes it extremely dangerous.
Reviewed by Spartacvs on 7/10/2011
Beautiful day. 70 degrees, clear sky. Arrived at trail head at 8:30a. Few cars in lot. Trail crew was doing a great job fixing up some spots. Moderate amount of water coming over falls. Got crowded fast. This place is beautiful!!!
Reviewed by Alan on 5/24/2011
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Reviewed by Gwen on 4/16/2011
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Reviewed by Gary on 10/27/2010
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