Kaaterskill Falls Trail

Catskill Park, New York

Distance0.5mi
Elevation Gain679ft
Trailhead Elevation1,411ft
Top1,772ft
Elevation Min/Max1411/1772ft
Elevation Start/End1411/1411ft

Kaaterskill Falls Trail

Kaaterskill Falls Trail is a hiking trail in Town of Hunter, New York. It is within Kaaterskill Wild Forest and Catskill Park. It is 0.5 miles long and begins at 1,411 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is a mile with a total elevation gain of 679 feet. The Bastion Falls viewpoint is near the trailhead. The trail ends near the Kaaterskill Falls cliff.

Kaaterskill Falls Trail Professional Reviews and 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."

"The tallest waterfall 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 challenging 0.5 mile up a narrow, rocky path to one of the finest sights in the entire park.

Kaaterskill Falls is taller 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."

"Here is today’s final “Jeopardy” question. (You’ve bet it all. Let’s see if you’ll win loads of cash and return as tomorrow’s champion or leave a loser with a year’s supply of licorice.) The answer is “These falls in the Catskills are higher than Niagara Falls.” After that cute little “Jeopardy” song runs its course, you guess, anxiously, “What are the Kaaterskill Falls?” You’re right! The emcee shakes your hand! You will return as tomorrow’s champion, sending your rivals, the part-time farmhand and the nuclear physicist, home with armfuls of licorice. OK, OK, it’s not a likely scenario. But even if knowing about the Kaaterskill Falls never makes you famous and wealthy, you’ll be glad you made the trip. A wide, level path leads 0.25 mile to the top of this spectacular waterfall. Here, surefooted kids and adults can sit on the rocks and watch the water disappear over the escarpment in a pair of dramatic falls. Although children can wade and splash in the shallow pools of Spruce Creek well above the waterfall, they must take care not to venture too close to the sheer cliff over which the water spills. The Kaaterskill Falls is considered one of the Catskills’ most spectacular sites . . . and you never know when a few little facts about a waterfall in upstate New York will come in handy."

"This hike to the state’s highest waterfall is the most popular short hike in the Catskills."

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7/25/2018
A wonderful trail for anyone looking for a short and relatively moderate day hike with a big reward. The falls are magnificent!!! The recent rains have contributed to awesome water flow, but the rocks are slippery--be smart about footwear and use caution. It’s usually pretty crowded and parking is a pain, so try to get an early start.
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8/26/2006
Just got back and tried to do this trip. With all the heavy rains the road is washed out and you can't get to the falls. We followed the detour all the way to the other side hoping we could access it from there, but we couldn't. I don't know when it will reopen. Sounded fun. oh well. Trish
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Trail Information

Catskill Park
Nearby City
Catskill Park
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Hiking
Additional Use
Views, Waterfalls
Features
NYSDEC Division of Lands & Forests, 625 Broadway, Fifth Floor, Albany, NY 12233; (518) 4739518; dec.ny.gov/lands/80993.html
Local Contacts
NatGeo TOPO! Map (USGS): Kaaterskill Clove; NatGeo Trails Illustrated Map #755: Catskill Park; trail map available at catskillmountaineer.com/NSL-KF.html
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Oct 2018