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Kaaterskill Falls

  • Rte. 23A Map It
  • Haines Falls
  • Body Of Water/Waterfall
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 04/21/2017

Fodor's Review

As you watch the waters cascade 260 feet down the gray rock of this two-tiered waterfall, you'll see why this spot was so popular with Thomas Cole and other Hudson River School painters. To access the trail that leads to the bottom of the falls, park in the public lot on Route 23A, 3 miles east of Tannersville. To get to the trailhead, walk about ¼ mile east along the narrow shoulder of Route 23A. (This is a very busy road with hairpin turns, so you may find yourself hugging rocks as cars pass you.) Signs point the way to the path, which leads you past the delicate Bastion Falls. Although largely level, the moderately difficult trail does have a few steep sections. Altogether the hike is less than 1 mile long and shouldn't take a full hour. You may be tempted to climb to the top of the falls, but this is really risky: missteps on the slippery rocks here have resulted in many accidents—some fatal.

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Rte. 23A, Haines Falls, New York, 12485, USA

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201-512–9348-New York-New Jersey Trail Conference

Published 04/21/2017


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