Kaaterskill Falls Trail is a 2.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Elka Park, New York that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. 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.

Length 2.6 mi Elevation gain 787 ft Route type Out & Back
Dog friendly Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Forest River Views Waterfall Muddy Rocky Snow
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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. If the main parking lot is full, there is a second parking lot which is about .3 miles from the trailhead. Makes for a great weekend trip from New York City. The upper falls and viewing platform can also be accessed from Laurel House Road.

New York State Division of Tourism, One Commerce Plaza , Albany, NY, 12245, Phone: 518-474-4116 https://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/50755.html

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.

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Nature and Life Steps
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful waterfall, very crowded. we parked at the campground parking and that was the best decision we made. Check my video. https://youtu.be/Jcm50grPxU8

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Nicole Oquendo
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HikingRocky

if it's a beautiful day it will be crowded! Try to complete the trail before 10 am

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M. P.
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Lisa Marie
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Hiking

Breathtaking waterfall & lovely trail. However, the beauty is not as enjoyable with tons of crowds and trash all over the ground. I saw dirty socks?????, empty beer bottles, paper towels, etc.

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taousar yacine
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Pedro Souza
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Hiking

Beautiful, beautiful falls. Ironic because it’s also the one with the most people and the most trash. Very crowded and lots of loitering unfortunately :( besided that, when at the actual falls you can take some good photos and enjoy nice views

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Mel C
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We parked at the top parking lot right at the start of the rail trails + visitor center (which is closed). There was a $20 parking donation. We arrived around 9:30am, there were some cars but it wasn’t super crowded...UNTIL we started walking to get down to the Falls. Insanely crowded. It seems like a large family destination, which in other times wouldn’t have bothered me as much, but during these times, was a bit overwhelming. Some people had masks on, a LOT of them did not. And I’m talking about families/groups of over 10 ppl walking right next to others with no masks. All that aside, the trek down to the lower Falls was challenging but fun. It was literally a single file going down, and a single file going up the stairs because of the crowds. The lower falls was crowded and at some point it became so uncomfortable to be there that we left. We ended up continuing our trek to Inspiration Point, which was an awesome hike with much less crowds and awesome views at the end. All in all, it was an enjoyable experience

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Amrit Vashishtha
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HikingMuddyScramble

The trail was very crowded, we went Sunday. Otherwise, amazing views! There are a few slippery spots but nothing challenging.

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Joe Ventre
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Hiking

Park at North-South Lake campground. It’s $10 per car. Take the right fork in the road and park at the parking lot by the lake. Great trail, beautiful waterfall.

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Tom Gaige
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HikingGreat!Scramble

Parked at the rail trail . Visitor center was closed? It is a nice walk down the old rail bed. If you pay attention wild life abounds. Arriving at the falls, upper platform was empty. We passed on the trip the the base of the falls, to many people. headed out the blue trail. Don't just go the Layman's Monument and turn back. Continue up the trail to Inspiration Point, You will be greeted to great views. As you continue on there are a couple more lookouts. There are a couple of rock climb overs. We took the first cut off to the yellow trail, down to the horse trail. Picked up the red trail back to the top of the falls and down the rail trail. Ended up being a 6.5 mi loop. All in all it was a great day in the park

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Nicole Keller
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Scenic driving

Trail and parking lots open, despite the DEC website saying it's closed. Arrived at 1:15 and waited 40 minutes to park. Very crowded and many without face masks. Big stone steps down to the lower falls. Go to the far right instead of the final steep steps for a lovely oasis in the pool of the waterfall. Can go into waist high water but it was very cold! Beautiful day trip

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Shantal Taveras
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HikingGreat!

was here yesterday. the entrance to this trail was closed but you can still get to the waterfall through the Kaaterskill Rail Trail entrance. so beautiful.

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joshua gelfand
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HikingMuddy

Excellent trail, a bit muddy due to yesterday’s rain. People need to take care not to leave so much garbage behind.

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Xiaoting Ma
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Great!

I been today is open

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Tobias Lutz
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HikingClosed

As of today there are still signs that say the trail is closed

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Berj Bahtiarian
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HikingRocky

Very nice trail. Although it’s rated Moderate, it’s not that hard for experienced hikers. You have to get there very early. By 10:00 the place is crowded. One negative is the amount of trash on the trail. There are a lot of vacationers who are not really hikers. The falls are nice. They weren’t full the day I was there, but still nice.

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Carolyn Ruth
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Hiking

Been here years ago- really upset that people are rating it 1 star just to ASK if it's still closed due to the pandemic. Not the point of a review guys! It's a beautiful place when you can visit! Please don't be that dum dum that gives 1 star to ask a question instead of just doing the research- these are not a forum they are reviews!!

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Eric Varela
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Very nice, peaceful trail. However, this trail would be considered above ‘moderate’ to the person who does not hike often; there are very steep steps going down the mountain towards the falls so be wary when bringing small children and pets. Please wear the right footgear and be careful but as always enjoy & have fun!

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ZombieShadow HD
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Hiking

Is it still closed?

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victoria dominguez
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Hiking

Is it still closed? does anyone know

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Shay Shay
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HikingClosed

“Kaaterskill Falls Trail from NY 23A to the base of the lower falls will continue to remain closed for trail construction.” This was taken from the DEC website

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Edona Zejneli
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I’m here right now and it’s closed :(

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Linda Castrine
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HikingClosed

I drove past Saturday 6/12 and it was closed. No idea on when it will be open.

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Abrar Taseen
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Hiking

Can anyone who’s gone recently let us know if it’s open or closed? (6/15)

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Alexandra Francisco
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Hiking

Does anyone know if the trail is open yet??

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Madeline Forman
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HikingRocky

We did this about a year ago but forgot to review. Crowded and busy. However, so gorgeous. This was an amazing experience and it should not be missed when the world re-opens. This trail is steep but it’s worth it.

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Charlie Reilly
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Hiking

5/25 still closed. Roads blocked at beginning.

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