Kaaterskill Falls Trail

EASY 257 reviews
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Kaaterskill Falls Trail is a 2.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Elka Park, New York that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
2.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
856 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

This trail is a short hike to a waterfall. In the summer you will want to check the water level because there might not be much water in the falls, and during periods of more rain the trail may be muddy. This is an easy hike along a well marked trail to the viewing platform and lower falls that experienced hikers and newcomers alike will enjoy. The difficulty increases as reach the waterfall but there are stairs put in and the trail is very well marked. This hike can be kid friendly, but watch children closely as the trail can be slippery. The waterfalls' fame in America really began when Washington Irving mentioned them in his story "Rip Van Winkle". The parking area is busy due to this being one of the more popular hiking trails in the Hudson Valley, so arrive early. Makes for a great weekend trip from New York City. The upper falls and viewing platform can also be accessed from Laurel House Road.

hiking
11 days ago

Such a beautiful waterfall! This trail has a mild rock scramble which makes it fairly difficult, but due to the length being less than a mile, I suppose easy is the right rating.

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21 days ago

Great trail! Nice and short hike on a beautiful brisk November morning. The beginning of the trail begins with a hike alongside the falls. The overlook point of the falls is beautiful! You can get pretty close. The stairs are tough but manageable. Make sure you take the walk to the overlook platform. Another beautiful, worth it view

22 days ago

between easy and moderate difficulty, especially as you ascend up the trail. definitely worth it to go all the way to the top. hiking boots will make the hike much easier. can be done in sneakers, but definitely not recommended. would do it again in the future.

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28 days ago

This was a nice easy hike to the Falls. The Falls were partially frozen but still flowing. The steps and safety wire was a good improvement to this trail.

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1 month ago

One of my fav spots in the area. New stairs to the upper falls look awesome. Get there early if you want a parking spot!

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1 month ago

It was just ok
Plus I had s 50$ parking tickets!!