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.
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.
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.
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!
It was. Great trail. Definitely go to Inspiration point. Amazing views!
we went last weekend and it's actually pretty strenuous. really beautiful but can be pretty dangerous on the trail (slippery, uneven, rocky)
It's busy it's worth it. Beautiful place.
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.
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.
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
It's a steep hike until you get to the top, but there's 3 areas to the water fall; 4 if you count the one when you start the trail. And when you walk around to get to the top, there left and right when you get to the end, left takes you to the falls and right takes you to more trails which are not at steep. Sunset point, inspiration point etc. Very beautiful! Definitely go explore more than just the falls.
beautiful view from the top!! went early enough and avoided some of the rush heading up and parked relatively close! *** caution roads are very narrow for two way traffic aka not hiker friendly*** ....
Three bits of advice: go early in the day, early in the summer, and watch out for people on the side of the road!!!!! The falls are really beautiful and you follow the water watching it cascade in mini falls all along the trail. The final pay off fall is really pretty. The area of the Catskills this is in is really stunning but I am more partial to other trails really nearby such as the Ashokan High Point or the Huckleberry Point Trail. However if you're looking for a quick hike with a good pay off this is a good one. Good for families. Now the drawbacks: ALWAYS crowded in summer months, as it is the tallest waterfall in NY and the walk to the trail head is super dangerous with all the cars! The later you go in the year, the lower the water will be, so earlier in the year or after a big rainfall is best if you want some serious water power! The weekends are also a good time to avoid as there will be lots of people. I recommend a stop for food at the Circle W in Palenville, Twin Peaks donuts or Mama's Boy burgers (both in Tannersville).