Kaaterskill Falls

Kaaterskill Falls, Haines Falls: Address, Phone Number, Kaaterskill Falls Reviews: 4.5/5

Kaaterskill Falls
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CJG_in_the_UK
London, UK104 contributions
Go early if you can
Oct 2021
We got to Kaaterskill Falls about 8:30 am on a Sunday morning and we were glad we were up early. When we got there, there were only about 20 cars in the parking lot. We actually had the viewing platform to ourselves at one point. My husband hiked to the bottom of the falls and I watched the parking lot fill up quickly. When we left at about 9:30 there was a queue of cars hoping for our spot and people hiking in from the remote parking lot. We were so glad we got there early - really enjoyed seeing the falls in peace.

Lovely falls, beautiful scenery!
Written 7 November 2021
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BrynMawrBK
Bryn Mawr, PA682 contributions
Easy Hike to Beautiful Falls
Oct 2021
Kaaterskill Falls, the highest waterfall in New York State, is a lovely place to visit on a nice day. We were fortunate to be there in the fall on a mild afternoon so the trail was dry and leaf color becoming pretty. The road approaching the Falls is winding and narrow so expect to drive slowly. There is ample parking at the Falls and portable toilets; the walk to the falls is about ten minutes from the parking lot going at a leisurely pace. It's a fairly easy walk and only somewhat steep at the very end of the trail as one approaches the viewing platform from which the top of the Falls can be seen. It is also possible to hike down a switchback trail to the bottom of the falls, which looked muddy and wet from the adjacent falls and thus requiring hiking boots to be safe. The views are beautiful and the trip is well worth it. Camping is also permitted in the woods around the parking area.
Written 23 October 2021
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jmpncsu
Raleigh, NC4,330 contributions
Beautiful Waterfall
Sep 2021
Kaaterskill Falls is a beautiful 200-foot waterfall in two sections. Previously, you could park on Route 23A to access the falls, but that parking area has been closed and walking on the narrow highway is dangerous and illegal. The best parking for the falls is at the end of Laurel House Road. An short, easy gravel trail leads to an overlook with a nice view of the upper drop. To see the rest, continue on the trail across the bridge at the top of the falls and follow the steeper trail down to the base. Here you can see both drops and get close to the base. There is also a side path that goes to the base of the upper drop. Overall, a fantastic waterfall and a must-visit if in the area.
Written 15 October 2021
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943rons
New York City, NY249 contributions
beautiful waterfall in the Catskills
Sep 2021
Loverly waterfall; hard to find parking, but beautiful view from the observation deck (really easy to get to) and from the bottom (harder to get to). Worth the trip.
Written 30 September 2021
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Carol Ann J
987 contributions
Nice Area to Hike
Sep 2021
Kaaterskill Falls is a nice area to hike. There is a free parking area at the end of Laurel Road. If one is interested in simply seeing the falls, from the parking lot take a short hike to the viewing platform. There are other trails that will take one through wooded areas and to the lower falls. Some areas are rather rough with rocks and roots along the path. I suggest wearing sensible shoes, and staying on the marked trails to stay safe. There were portable toilets located near the parking area.
Written 20 September 2021
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Noraatc
Sudbury, MA27,446 contributions
Spectacular vistas
Sep 2021 • Couples
We took a longer trail to see Kaaterskill Falls, one of the most popular attractions in the Catskills.

We parked at the Mountain Top Historical Society, paid $20, and walked on a wide flat trail (basically, an old railroad track) almost all the way to the incredible viewing platform. There is a parking lot 300ft away from the platform but it is hard to find a parking spot there. Unfortunately, heavy gray fog didn’t allow us to enjoy Kaaterskill Falls in full, but we did feel its power. We would have loved to hike all the way to the bottom of the Falls but we were running out of time and the trail was muddy and slippery. Wearing hiking shoes is a must on this trail.
Written 15 September 2021
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Gena F
Accident, MD298 contributions
Worth It!
Aug 2021 • Family
It was crowded but I think it is absurd for people to expect anything else, it’s a popular tourist destination; it is definitely worth seeing so obviously many people want to see it. The parking is free but does require some patience, I think it’s better to wait in your air conditioned car for a spot near the trail than to pay for parking at the top, walk down the road, and than have to walk back up the road to your car after doing the trail that is also quite steep. We arrived around 1pm and were parked in the free parking near the trailhead by 1:25, so we waited but not that long and after doing the trail which is pretty physically strenuous we were thankful to not have to walk all the way back up the road. It was an incredible sight to behold despite the crowd and the walk was an adventure!
Written 14 August 2021
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LibLadyB
Monessen, PA98 contributions
Quite a Hike!
Aug 2021
When I say we watched every step on the path as we walked, I mean EVERY STEP ... But very manageable. And that view next to the waterfall...stunning!
Written 10 August 2021
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ajmineola
williston park52 contributions
Towering Kaaterskill Falls
Apr 2021 • Couples
Route 23A is one twisting and turning scenic drive. It passes close to the Bastion Falls on the way to the state parking lots. Walk the Yellow trails to the bridge coming close up to the overhelming 2-drop Kaaterskill Falls.

Advise a walking stick and footwear to make the trek over rocks and branches.

High and beautiful waterfalls viewed from the scenic overlooking platform or hiking to the top and then to the bottom.

Listen to the peaceful sounds of the cascading waterfalls while song birds sing high in the trees. Caught a glimpse of a butterfly and a rainbow with video.

Continue drive on Rt 23A to Main Street in Tannersville for shopping and lunch.
Written 11 April 2021
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funnywriter
New York194 contributions
A Natural Highlight
Apr 2021
We hiked to the falls via the Rail Trail. It was an icy walk but worth it. The falls are magnificent, one of the natural wonders of the region. We didn't try the hike down to the base of the falls. We had already walked two miles to get there and the step climb down didn't seem worth the risk as the steps were both muddy and icy. Perhaps on a dry day in the summer...
Written 5 April 2021
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