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“Just as it was hundreds of years ago”
Review of Kaaterskill Falls

Kaaterskill Falls
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Reviewed 23 October 2012

What a beatufiul place to visit. At 264 feet tall, the tallest cascading waterfall in New York State it should be a stop for all "fall-ers" to visit. Autumn is the most spectacular time to visit the views and colors are heavenly. There is a smaller set of falls just off the road which are lovely, but they are not the renowned falls, it is a 0.7 mile moderate hike up from the road.
Be sure to go to the secret spot on top of the falls, which is an easy walk/hike. The spot is the left turn in town, when headed east, then make a left on Laurel House Rd. There is a parking area there. When you get to the top of the falls you can see for a hundred miles on a clear day and even see Hunter Mtn's summit. If you look to the left there is a small waterfall through the trees. If you look down you can see where you were just standing on the bottom of the falls, it is a far fall, so watch your step. If you're hiking the bottom, take the extra half hour to see the view from the top.

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Reviewed 14 October 2012

Parking and accessing the base of the falls is a bit cumbersome, you'll have to walk down the road to reach them. The first falls you see are NOT the Kaaterskill Falls; they're called Bastion Falls. Although there are nice, a more rewarding scenery awaits you higher in the forest. You have to hike on the well defined trail to get to Kaaterskill Falls.

The water flow wasn't very strong in August so we are able to go the the base of the second level falls. Some people hike furthermore in the forest to reach the base of the first level base but this is a a very steppy climb.

You can spend a couple of hours there; our kids loved to play on the rocks in the creek.

A nice historical and well-written information is available on wikipedia:

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Reviewed 11 October 2012

The walk from the small parking lot is a little confusing - yes you walk down the road about 1/2 block to the falls. The first bit of the hike is the toughest, and it's so worth doing as the view the whole way to the top is wonderful, and what waits at the end will blow your socks off.

Thank margo b
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Reviewed 7 October 2012

If you are in the area, you have to check this out.

You park a bit up the road away from the trail entrance, and walk down to it. When you arrive, there is a sign explaining a bit about the falls, and you might think that these initial ones are it.

Don't settle for them, instead, head up the trail to the right of the falls and keep going about 30 minutes uphill. The walk is pretty nice, but the falls at the top are just spectacular. Well worth the hike.

I met some people on their way down who had given up and said to me "nothing is up there, don't bother". Do bother, it is a great spot of natural beauty. Bring a picnic and have a sandwich up there!

Thank christocar
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Reviewed 26 September 2012

Subject: Kaaterskill Falls
Location: Haines Falls, New York, United States, North America

My family has been camping at NorthLake for many years and have found side excursions so pleasant and gorgeous that it had to be shared....this particular site is spectacular...you can hike directly to the top of the falls and stand at the edge of where the water begins its unsupported descent...exactly at the tippy-top...not for the faint-hearted or children....this is the place that James Fenimore Cooper wrote about in "Last of The Mohicans"....in a descriptive narrative about the favorite spot being "where a foolish man might think he can travel to the bottom just by jumping from ledge to ledge"...it's all the more exciting to think that we are witnessing what these people, so many years ago, also held dear.
While you're here, see the Catskill Mountain House or what's left of it, it's close by, a hike really....fascinating history and the view from there is exceptional....you can then understand why it was such a desired destination in the early days of our Republic....


Thank Gene S
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