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Kaaterskill Falls

Haines Falls, New York

based on 8 reviews



2.57 miles

Elevation Gain

719 ft

Route Type



Added by Lucas Gashi

Hike through Kaaterskill National Forest and the Catskill Mountains to New York's tallest waterfall, Kaaterskill Falls, at 231 feet. 

Although this is a super short hike, it is definitely a tough one! The quick, steep climb is totally worth it once you reach the 260 foot cascade and pool at the end. Hike along the trail, hugging Spruce Creek all the way to the falls. If you hike in the spring, the creek and the falls will be raging but you can't go wrong all year. There's great ice climbing in the winter and the fall leaves are amazing! The area has some great spots for cliff jumping and to just kick back, relax, and enjoy nature.

Please remember to pack out what you brought in and bring a trashbag to help clean up things that others may have unfortunately left there. 

To find the trailhead, park at the Kaaterskills Falls Parking area and walk downhill along Route 23A. This is definitely the worst part of the hike...nobody wants to hike on a highway. Soon enough though, you'll leave the road and walk across a bridge over Spruce Creek to reach the Kaaterskill Falls Trailhead at the base of Bastion Falls (second photo) - in incredible waterfall in it's own right! Follow the trailhead as it follow the creek all the way to the falls.

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Kaaterskill Falls Reviews

be willing to explore to find a spot that’s not overcrowded

Worth going at least once, but very overcrowded

Get there early before the parking lot fills up.

If was one of our first dates. I told her to wear good hiking boots. She showed up wearing clogs! I thought she was going to fall and die. I saved her when she slipped and got married two months later. That was 46 years ago and we are still together.

Nice hike as long as you follow the prepared trail. Be careful hiking to the very top.. I have heard too much on the news recently of people dying here.

Relatively easy hike, can get crowded. Lots of rock scrambling, and you're hiking along the edge of a stream until you come to the most gorgeous falls. We went in early spring.

Leave No Trace

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!


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