Kaaterskill Falls:
Hunter, NY

A few years ago we went to Hunter Mountain and the surrounding area. We passed Bastion Falls and stopped there for a bit. We didn’t have time to hike to Kaaterskill Falls. We finally made it back there recently in the spring. I was not disappointed, it was as magnificent as I anticipated and then some.The waterfalls were full from the melted snow and recent rain.

There are multiple parking lots that have trails that lead to the Falls. We parked on Rte 23A, a five minute walk up the road from the trailhead at Bastian Falls. The moderate level half-mile uphill trail alongside a babbling brook leads to the bottom of the 260 foot, two tiered Kaaterskill Falls, one of the tallest waterfalls in New York.

After stopping for lunch, we continued up many stairs to the middle area of the Falls. We enjoyed a magnificent close-up view. The mist from the waterfall was cool and refreshing. We met many people who parked on top and were heading down. We climbed on and crossed over to the lookout above the Falls. There is a parking lot a couple of minutes’ walk to the lookout.  We were lucky to get a ride back down to our car so we did not have to hike back. (The car ride down took seven minutes.)


Posted: May 12, 2019



Haines Falls, NY 12436



Open 24 hours


Price: Free


Approximate Distance from:   

Brooklyn Bridge: 2 hours, 10 minutes

Lakewood: 2 hours, 40 minutes

Monsey: 1 hour, 30 minutes



Website: http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/50755.html

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