Plattekill Preserve Falls

Arkville, New York

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A glorious horsetail falls pours into the bottom of a hidden gorge. Somehow this 208-acre preserve managed to retain its natural state through centuries of timber production and bluestone mining in the surrounding Catskill Mountain region—and for this, hikers everywhere should be grateful. Enlightened members of the Griswold family deeded Platte Clove Preserve to the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development back in 1975, and since then the center’s staff and volunteers have worked to keep this gem open to the public for limited use. You are welcome to hike here, but mountain bikes and horses are strictly prohibited. Once you see the rocky, steeply pitched path to the falls, these rules will make a great deal of sense.
Hiking Waterfalls in New York

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Hiking Waterfalls in New York

by Randi Minetor (Falcon Guides)

A glorious horsetail falls pours into the bottom of a hidden gorge.

Somehow this 208-acre preserve managed to retain its natural state through centuries of timber production and bluestone mining in the surrounding Catskill Mountain region—and for this, hikers everywhere should be grateful. Enlightened members of the Griswold family deeded Platte Clove Preserve to the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development back in 1975, and since then the center’s staff and volunteers have worked to keep this gem open to the public for limited use.

You are welcome to hike here, but mountain bikes and horses are strictly prohibited. Once you see the rocky, steeply pitched path to the falls, these rules will make a great deal of sense.

© 2014 Randi Minetor/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Arkville
Distance: 0.6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 40 minutes
Season: Year-round
Features: Waterfalls
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, Rt. 28, Arkville 12406; (845) 586-2611; www.catskillcenter.org.
Local Maps: DeLorme: New York State Atlas & Gazetteer, page 97
Driving Directions: Directions to Plattekill Preserve Falls

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Apr 2018