Kaaterskill Falls Trail

EASY 115 reviews
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Kaaterskill Falls Trail is a 1.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Elka Park, NY that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

1.3 miles 704 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

walking

views

waterfall

Directions from Hunter, NY: At the junction of SR 23A and Kaaterskill Creek, parking is uphill to the west. Walk back down hill to reach the trailhead on the north side of the road.

23 days ago

23 days ago

I thought this was a really nice hike but we got a tad lost because there is no internet service. We went all the way to inspiration point. Great views of the Catskills.

29 days ago

Great views, not so easy on the knees coming down.

1 month ago

The stairs are very steep and not for anyone afraid of heights. Not a bad hike .

1 month ago

Beautiful waterfalls n views.

1 month ago

Spectacular. Best on my short list.

1 month ago

I would not say this was an easy hike, but definitely worth it. Be sure to wear good hiking boots, lots of rocks, tree roots and slippery dirt.

hiking
1 month ago

The view from the very top is amazing and worth all the struggling. Although this is described as easy I found it to be more moderate as it is very steep and the stairs get kind of killer especially the further up you go. There are several spots to swim which is nice on a hot day. The only downfall was the crowds, but that should be expected for a place as magnificent as this!

Beautiful place

hiking
1 month ago

It was. Great trail. Definitely go to Inspiration point. Amazing views!

hiking
1 month ago

we went last weekend and it's actually pretty strenuous. really beautiful but can be pretty dangerous on the trail (slippery, uneven, rocky)

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

It's busy because most folks know that it's worth it. Beautiful place.

2 months ago

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail. There is very little water this time of the year, so instead of hiking on the trail, we went up directly on the river bed.

2 months ago

This is a heavily trafficked trail that has poor accessibility and can be dangerous. The parking area is fine but to reach the trail you must first walk down a busy mountain road with little clearance for pedestrians on the narrow shoulder. On the trail there are many loose rocks, exposed stumps, exposed roots, slippery surfaces, and a steep grade at times. I often see people on this trail that look completely exhausted.. The serenity of this hike is often lost because it can be very crowded. The Kaaterskill falls are beautiful but the area around them is dangerous and hikers should excercise caution in the area leading to and around the falls.

2 months ago

it was fun, nice to go when the water level was so low so I had a chance to explore the rocks and ledges. but deff going back later in the fall out early spring to check them out with more flow

3 months ago