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Diamond Notch Falls via Diamond Notch Road

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Catskill State Park

Diamond Notch Falls via Diamond Notch Road is a 4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lanesville, New York that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 4.0 mi Elevation gain 1,387 ft Route type Out & Back
Dog friendly Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Forest River Views Waterfall Wildlife Rocky
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Mike Hill
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very slippery rock diamond notch beautiful but be careful

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Kristine Lane
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Daniel Bone
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East trail. Park at the bridge before which is shout .3 miles short of the trailhead.

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Amanpreet singh
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nice

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Magda Bedkowska
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HikingGreat!MuddyRockyScramble

I think it will be one of my favorites trails. The trails goes along the stream that at some places look so idyllic, almost unreal. Important note: very rocky, there is a moment where you have to cross a small stream and get into a rather higher rock and short but steep and muddy hill. I would not recommend it to anyone who doesn’t hike and doesn’t have proper shoes. Trail is great for dogs as there is plenty of water on the way and plenty of shade. Gorgeous hike!

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Phyu Thin
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Very shady. Moderate hike along the stream with a legit waterfall along the trail. Fun to bathe in the water.

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Mark Dela Cruz-Hunt
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HikingGreat!

Very nice views. Rocky. Gradual continuous ascent. The falls were beautiful.

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Aditya Dahiya
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Great hike with lush vegetation next to a nice stream. Falls at the top are a nice place for a snack. Lean-to locates at the to

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meghjeet vartak
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HikingGreat!

Great place. You can park your car ( sedan or small cars )near the bridge 0.25 mil away from trail start. Suv or good ground clearance cars can take the rough road to trail start. Its a continuous gradual slope. Not too difficult. Start 1 mile is next a river very beautiful.

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Matty Lonergan
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Mark Walsh
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Dawn Lambert
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Steep Rocky But nice

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Jon Schmarak
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Great hike! Very doable and nice shade throughout!

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Big Poppa
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Beautiful falls. Quiet on the trail. The dirt and rock road to the trailhead is fairly hairy if you're not in a truck.

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Alex George
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Great trail with beautiful scenery

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Melissa Castor
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Ok I started at a different point then most people because I thought this trail was moderate to hard. To park you either park at a bridge & Walk 1 mile to trailhead or drive over a mile of rocky ground - doable in the right car. Only space for a few cars but only 1 car when I got there Friday 10am. It was a lot of uphill going to the falls and a lot of loose rocks. Took about 2 hours getting to the falls (1 hour hiking back downhill). Very shady which was nice. 10am on a Friday had very little people (saw a few more at the falls but still very empty - at noon it was nice!) Wear long pants and bug spray and you’ll be fine. Waterfall was gorgeous - worth it!

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Christopher Picon
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Christine H
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Excellent hike! We started at 730am on a Saturday and only saw a couple of other hikers on the way back down. The trail follows a stream most of the way and our dog loved playing in the water. Its got a solid incline and is very rocky in parts but as an experienced hiker I would call it easy-moderate since it’s pretty short in distance. The waterfall at the end is gorgeous and we had it all to ourselves. No bugs until about 10am when we were almost done. Definitely worth it!

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Tara Jean
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Great shady trail, with water along most of the route. Much better hike if you start at the Diamond Notch trail entrance rather than the entrance on Spruceton Rd. We’ve done both, and the Spruceton Rd entrance is a super short walk (would be great for kids). A few spots to pull of and take a quick cool down with the cold water. Our dog loved the fresh drinks too! Really pretty views along the route, and it ends at the waterfalls. There’s a couple steep routes, and the whole way in is pretty much all uphill all the time. When we were walking out we saw a momma bear and her 3 cubs, so be aware of your surroundings. We walked backward and gave them space, and luckily they walked the opposite way of us.

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Marianela Quesada
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Love this trail and fresh water

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Rachel S.
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The falls are worth the hike, though some of the way is quite muddy/filled with slippery scrambles (watch your footing!). Still, a quick-ish hike that stays shady and cool and has a fulfilling payoff when the falls finally open up in front of you.

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Isa Paine
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A straight wide trail for nearly the entire hike. The falls are beautiful. If I want to see the falls again I’ll come via a shorter route. There is a nice lean-to 1/4 mile from the falls.

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Brian Jameis
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Full trail review with video coming soon at roulette-travel.com/guidedhiking

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Anna Moczulski
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A very narrow and stony one way road lead to a small parking lot where the trailhead is located. Climbing Diamond Notch was easy and quick, and then down to the bridge with a beautiful small waterfall. Red trail to Westkill Summit was much steeper. It flattened about 2/3 up. At almost the top there was an overlook, and the summit was another 5 minutes further (there’s a signage on a tree, no view from the summit).

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Vaibhav Lohiya
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