A straightforward hike leads to a staggering natural feature

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Difficulty

FATMAP difficulty grade

Moderate

Description

Offering a trip to the foot of the spectacular Kaaterskill Falls, and a viewpoint which overlooks it, this is a disproportionately spectacular hike for how little effort is required to complete it! As one of the tallest waterfalls in New York State, Kaaterskill Falls cascades down two tiers, plunging a total of 260 feet into a rocky pool below.

The water smashing into the pool creates a fine mist which keeps the area around the falls cool even on the hottest of summer days. As well as the falls themselves, the forests through which you hike are charming, and the views across the surrounding hills are spectacular.

The trail is not overly challenging, but it is featured and undulating, and steep in places.

After rainfall (or when the wind has blown water from the falls onto the trail) it can be slippery, so sturdy footwear and a bit of caution is advised.