Kaaterskill Falls


Location: Haines Falls (part of the Catskills)
Distance: 1.5 miles
Skill Level: easy to moderate
Elevation Gain: 500′
Type of Hike: out-and-back
Trail Condition: paved, rocky
Wow Factor: 2 waterfalls
Note: you have to walk along a narrow, fast road to get to the trail head

How to get there: Take I84 West to I87 North.  Take exit 20 and follow NY 32 North > 32A > 23A.  You’ll go around a hairpin turn, cross a bridge and see one of the waterfalls from the road on the right.  Go up the hill a bit and park at the lot on the left.  There is a lot of parking but it fills up fast in the summer.


From the parking lot, cross the street and head right, down the hill.  The road is narrow and doesn’t have much (or in some places any) of a shoulder.  Keep a careful hand on walking children and stay very alert for cars coming around the corners.

Cross the little bridge and make a left onto the trail.  You will see the lower waterfall from the road.  This one is wide and impressive (until you get to the second one).

Follow the yellow trail as it climbs up some steep, rocky areas.  There are a few wooden stairs in the harder sections.

Keep going up and up until you see the tallest, two-tiered waterfall in NY–231 feet total!

The trail ends near the bottom of the falls, but as of 2016, they are building steps up the left side.  Do not climb where the signs say not to–lots of people get hurt here every year and there have been several deaths.

Facilities: none


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