Kaaterskill and Bastion Falls

Albany, New York

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The tallest falls in New York State is one of the Catskills’ most visited natural areas. If you only have time to take one hike in the Catskill Mountains, make it this one—a strenuous half mile up a narrow, rocky path to one of the finest sights in the entire park. Kaaterskill Falls boasts a higher height than any of Niagara’s three falls, and its towering geological setting provides the payoff for the half-hour of scrambling you will do to get up here. This falls, like so many in New York, splits itself into two distinct sections. The first is a stunning sheer drop from a notch at the top of the gorge, pouring down to a hanging valley. The flow's force pushes on to a second drop, this one a segmented cascade that falls into a boulder-laden pool directly below. This trail can be dangerous in wet or icy conditions. Many people have been killed when they walked out in front of the top drop. Others were killed by the fall from the top of the falls. Stay on the trail.
Hiking Waterfalls in New York

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Hiking Waterfalls in New York

by Randi Minetor (Falcon Guides)

The tallest falls in New York State is one of the Catskills’ most visited natural areas. If you only have time to take one hike in the Catskill Mountains, make it this one—a strenuous half mile up a narrow, rocky path to one of the finest sights in the entire park. Kaaterskill Falls boasts a higher height than any of Niagara’s three falls, and its towering geological setting provides the payoff for the half-hour of scrambling you will do to get up here.

This falls, like so many in New York, splits itself into two distinct sections. The first is a stunning sheer drop from a notch at the top of the gorge, pouring down to a hanging valley. The flow's force pushes on to a second drop, this one a segmented cascade that falls into a boulder-laden pool directly below. This trail can be dangerous in wet or icy conditions. Many people have been killed when they walked out in front of the top drop. Others were killed by the fall from the top of the falls. Stay on the trail.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Albany
Distance: 1.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 1.25 hours
Season: Year-round
Features: Waterfalls
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: NYSDEC Division of Lands & Forests, 625 Broadway, 5th Floor, Albany 12233; (518) 473-9518; www.dec.ny.gov/lands/80993.html
Local Maps: www.catskillmountaineer.com/ NSL-KF.html
Driving Directions: Directions to Kaaterskill and Bastion Falls

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