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Was a well maintained trail with beautiful scenery but as others have said you could hear RT 70 noise for a portion of it.

Revisited.

Returned to the LR course I last ran on July 11th this year. What a revelation! It’s the exact same course I did in mid-summer with vastly different terrain in mid-fall. The run was slowed down due to blowdown, marshes and slip pits from rains the last 2 days, fallen leaves everywhere (more slips), hidden rocks, branches and other obstacles that you cannot see due to the fallen leaves (trip harzards), briars and pointy branches lining the trail that you now encounter due to midline marshes and slip pits, twigs everywhere — really, this was a much different run than in summer. Nonetheless, it is still a great 4-mile course! Managed to get in two out-n-backs for 8.4 miles total. Had two big slip-n-falls while trying to ante up on speed over unseen mud slicks. Walking around the deep marshes was also a challenge. Be prepared to get muddy when the trail is like this, from the shoes up. Still a great outing and I look forward to returning. My recording is posted.

Completed: 10 November 2018

Normally love this trail but it’s closed right now

We just missed the fall colors but it was soon after a rain so the waterfalls were great. My mom is 69 and not in good physical shape but she was able to complete the 0.9 mile hike.

I was so impressed by how well-maintained the trail is! The stairs and bridge made the trail feel very safe despite being on a pretty steep incline. Even though it was a short distance, the rocks to climb and bigger switchback near the topmost tier of the falls made me feel like I was still getting a great hike in.

I could see it getting very busy during the afternoon (and was told so by someone I bumped into on my way down), but getting there around 8 am allowed me to park in the first lot with easy access to the trailhead and have the trail nearly entirely to myself - including the upper observation deck, on which I got to look at the falls by myself for quite a while. It’s a gorgeous view and was a perfect fall hike.

LOVED the waterfall. Easy hike, bring shoes that you don't mind soaking because you will have to go through about mid calf deep water to get to the falls. Parking is limited and a Ranger stands guard. after about 10am in the spring/summer and you'll be waiting to park. Once I got to the falls I was glad parking was limited because it kept the amount of people limited. Kid friendly, I saw 2 and 3 year olds there but even mid August with 100°+ the water was FREEZING. I put my head under the falls and instantly lost my breath because it was so cold.

hiking
18 days ago

Easy trail in summer and early fall. Watch out for slick rocks during rain and especially ice patches in the winter. The amphitheater midway through the larger falls is just incredible. Several people die here each year, so be careful. It helps to take a single trekking pole for balance and insurance. I did and I’m glad I did. Have fun! This place is breathtaking in October.

hiking
20 days ago

Short but lovely! Took the family here for a sort hike. It was busy but worth it. The falls were great and running full from all the rain. Definitely worth the stop!

hiking
21 days ago

Trail offers a variety of scenery and the elevation gains keep it interesting.The area is open to hunting, so be sure to wear bright colors. Towards the beginning and end of the way out is best- did not really enjoy the middle portion that includes walking along a gravel road. On the way out, I thought it was more moderate than hard. However, I think the rocky terrain wears on you and I began to get tired coming back. Hiked on a Friday and did not see another person until almost back to the parking lot. A good little workout.

This is a popular trail but it’s worth it!

The falls itself is beautiful when viewed from either the upper viewing deck or from below. A strong word of caution is that in wet weather the trail down to the falls becomes very wet and extremely slippery. The trail itself is narrow and borders a sharp cliff before transforming into the rock steps that guides hikers to the falls themselves. People are frequently injured on this descent and I would advise groups to take their time be careful with children and be mindful of the weather to ensure all can have a safe fun time enjoying the beautiful scenery.

I am extremely disappointed in how visitors of the Catskills behave when they’re at the falls. Whether it’s the lower or upper falls trail, people always seem to be making it a mess for everyone else. People parking and standing in the middle of the road, standing in the middle of the road to direct traffic while they back their cars right up to the falls, parking all over the side of the mountain road (at least they get ticketed), going way too close to the cliff edges, swimming in the water right before the waterfall...I can’t believe it. People act out of line at the falls and it’s unsafe for them as well as the people who are just driving up the road. The falls is one of the most beautiful places in the Catskills but skip it if you’re not in the mood to deal with disrespectful visitors. If people don’t shape up, they’ll ruin it for everyone and the falls will be closed. Hopefully a shuttle system from Palenville or Haines Falls will fix this. But for now, visit any of the less crowded waterfalls near by.

Awesome fall colors illuminated the forests leading to Kaaterskill falls. A little steep at times and leaves make for slightly slippery terrian. but overall fantastic hike.

amazing views, great hike rock scramble was fun. Get their early or you will park 3 miles down the road.

hiking
1 month ago

Trailhead parking off of State Highway 23A is limited—be prepared to walk 1/2 mile from the lower lot along blind curves and small shoulders. Follow the trail from Bastion Falls to the base of Kaaterskill Falls. From there, you can choose to enjoy from below and double back or hike up the stairs to a middle falls viewpoint. Be careful: a kid nearly skipped off the edge (loose rocks, mud, and waterfall spray make it very slippery). Continue up the stairs and through a short forest walk a Spruce Creek bridge. There are two viewing places after that: one fenced off (that many were ignoring to hang their boots over the top of the waterfall ledge—and whose feet are in my photos) and a viewing platform with beautiful views of Kaaterskill High Peak and Roundtop Mountain. Aside from blunt safety ignorances and the crowded parking/trail: I understand why everyone wants their photo in front of the falls. This is one of the few hikes I'd say go later in the day as the falls face West.

A great family hiking trail!

hiking
1 month ago

excellent hike. walk along road to trail is nerve wracking but is short. initial rock scramble is fun and some challenge. stairs at top are long. I would rate as moderate since involves plenty of rocks, mud, and road. beautiful large trees.

Great short hike!

Short trek but cool falls. Lots of people. Would rate higher if longer and less people

Beautiful view of the waterfall from the begin to the big water fall at the end. The trail walk was easy but make sure to go early so that you get parking space close to the trail since it gets packed and it's right on the highway.

Traveling towards Ellicott City, boardwalk portion of the trail currently fenced off.

visited this trail this morning. it was lightly trafficked until about 11am, but not overly busy.
great waterfall view. trail is fairly well marked.
Short hike that could be done in as little as an hour if you aren't exploring the other side or breaking for sweet pictures.

This was a beautiful hike after a long period of rain the trail was quite muddy but well worth it!

1 month ago

I DO NOT recommend this trial.

1. The “directions” take you to the bus drop off, not the parking lot.
2. There is no trail where the map says there is.
3. There are “no backpacks” signs all over the “trails” (I.e. the walk between the parking and visitors center)
4. No signs pointing to ANY trailheads. I walked about for 1 mike trying to find something even consulting the park maps and using the GPS in all trials to find the trailhead.
5. This one is my personal preference, but too many people not being considered of others (smoking, yelling, etc).

on Kinzua Bridge Trail

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is very pretty! We loved seeing the views on top of and under the bridge! Definitely a little bit of a challenge going back up, but is easy if you take your time.

Great bit of trail. Difficult sections are followed by easy trail. Oakland Run is an awesome creek with plenty of mini waterfalls. The trail becomes pointless after you reach game lands; it basically becomes a grassy access road.

hiking
1 month ago

short hike to reach the falls.

Interesting place. Definitely the place to go if you want to meditate. Serene is the best description. Easy walk with the dogs. Paths well warn (if not marked) and easy to follow. It is curious how much effort has been put into the monoliths, stacked stones and small buildings throughout.

I was a little skeptical because it was such a popular trail and I was thinking it.kight be a let down... and I proven wrong. it's a great walk/hike with absolutely gorgeous scenery. you're only hurting yourself of you don't go!

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