Vernooy Falls Trail

MODERATE 47 reviews
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Vernooy Falls Trail is a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kerhonkson, New York that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
620 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wildlife

scramble

hiking
1 month ago

TRAILHEAD IS ACROSS THE ROAD FROM PARKING AREA! Moderately challenging hike with lots of rock under foot... be sure to wear hiking shoes for this one. Peaceful, beautiful trail with delightful cascading falls at turnaround point. Really enjoyed this one!

hiking
2 months ago

The unstable footing on loose rocks makes it very challenging for senior hikers. A large tree across the path also was difficult to negotiate. For more agile hikers (almost everyone), it's a beautiful trail with a lovely waterfall at the top.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike! We parked on Upper Cherrytown and followed the map on AllTrails to the falls. A good portion of the hike to the falls was uphill and was pretty difficult for me, but it was totally worth it! The only downside was that we ran into a group of 15-20 young kids at the falls, but it is summer so I guess that's bound to happen. The water was pretty freezing, but that didn't stop our dog from enjoying it!

hiking
4 months ago

Moderate to easy trail, would be easy but for some wet muddy spots and more then a few loose rocks. Widish trail with a steady rise. Saw lots of wild flowers but the real payoff is the falls,
well worth the hike! The mileage listed on the trailhead sign was a couple tenths of a mile off. It's closer to 2 miles one way but the multi step falls make it a good destination hike.

4 months ago

The waterfall is very nice, great camping spot

4 months ago

Not a lot of parking. Get to the trail early if you want to enjoy some quiet at the falls. The falls are beautiful.

6 months ago

It was awesome. But the continual upgrade and tons of rocks on the way to the falls combined with a very wet trail today made it quite a challenge! It was right after a rainfall, so we knew we would get muddy trails, but there was streams running down the trails! Lol! It was all worth it when we got to the falls! Great day! Ages ranged from 5 to 54!

hiking
8 months ago

This is such a beautiful cascade and swimming hole.. The snowmobile trail is much flatter and less of a workout.

hiking
9 months ago

A nice, fun relatively short hike. Easy to find, gradual climb which is not strenuous at all and then a nice waterfall and place to have lunch.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Great trail, please use proper foot gear, we had the trail all to ourselves, wonderful pictures

hiking
Thursday, August 11, 2016

We enjoyed the walk on a day when the sun was playing peek-a-boo with the clouds and the clouds mostly won. On an August Thursday we did not encounter another person. The trail is well marked with blue and some red medallions, but there is a glitch: The trail listed by alltrails.com is not the only one to the falls. On our return, we let our feet follow the broad gravel path without watching, and before we knew it we were totally lost and our smart phones could not reach a tower and we were at the end of the wrong gravel road beside a stop sign we had not seen. By the Grace of the Divine another lost visitor was driving up that gravel road in a pickup truck and together we drove a long way before we found upper Cherrytown Rd. After studying the map it appears we got onto the Long Trail, though I still can't figure out how we returned. My only advice is leave a track of crumbs or watch your compass and make sure you are returning by walking West and not North.

hiking
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Walked up from upper cherrytown road. Says 1.8 but it's a little over 2 miles to waterfalls. Uphill for about 3/4 of a mile. Got to the waterfalls and hiked Greenville loop. North loops says 5.8 but it's longer. Brings you out to dymond rd. Gotta walk down road to get to south loop which is longer than the 2 miles it says. My 12 mile hike took about 5 hours. Bring a lot of water. Watch your feet because we ran into a baby copperhead. Followed the orange path aka snowmobile trail.

Monday, May 23, 2016

The first two times I was at this trail I mistook the Mombaccus Creek for Vernooy Kill and was disappointed. I realized my mistake and yesterday I took my wife all the way to Vernooy Kill. Park in the lot on Upper Cherry Plain Rd. There is another lot farther west but it's a dirt road with deep ruts. This trail is wide and we'll marked. It starts out flat, then a steady incline after Mobaccus Creek and vey rocky with muddy parts. I didn't find it hard but it was a bit difficult for my wife. The trail levels off after a while. The falls are beautiful wide, 3 or 4 ten foot high falls over hard rock, like a staircase and a wooden bridge over a chasm and an old stone wall, perhaps part of a mill. Lots of trillium, violets, mayflowers, and songbirds such as vireos and wood thrush.

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Nice quick hike.

hiking
Monday, April 18, 2016

Completed 4/17/2016. Went on a 70 degree spring day. A short in/out hike with a beautiful waterfall at the top. Took our group 47 min each way at moderate walking pace. Small rocky incline to navigate along the path, a few muddy pools and one stream across the way to log-hop thanks to being early in the season. Great, easy, season-opener. Only regret was that it wasn't longer!

hiking
Saturday, March 05, 2016

We've been there several times, a nice uphill walk to a beautiful waterfall. Mostly have had run-ins with other hikers who have been very nice.
Our dogs love running around in and out of the water. Perfect for a picnic on a nice day.

I wouldn't use it for a swim spot, and we've only seen one local who looked a little backwoodsy, but didn't bother with us. We do carry though, so we're not terribly afraid of an oddball.

One of the photos we've taken was so nice we've poster sized it and hang it in our hot tub room. Great spot for photographs.

We would just like an easier way to find access to the other trails from outside. By the time we've hit the waterfalls, we're usually don't with exploring and ready to head back downhill after the water.

hiking
Wednesday, July 22, 2015

DONT GO HERE!! Locals don't want people here so they will tell you it doesn't exist, And they will be super rude about it. Horrable experience. Drove and hour and a half to be told to turn around.

hiking
Saturday, July 11, 2015

Very scenic drive. Nice and secluded. Drive down a dirt road to park near a stop sign and gate. Walk down the trail behind the gate and it brings you to the falls. I went with some friends to go swim, but when we got there, there was a rather large group of Mennonites. They were swimming in the spot but they started fishing when we tried to go in! With no regard for us possibly getting hooked!!!!Drove 2 hours only to get vibed out. MAJOR BUMMER. Saw a couple guys coming down the trail On our way out and we told them about the Mennonites and the guys said that is not the first time that's happened. Luckily there are plenty of other swimming holes in the area. If you get lucky, it's a cool swimming hole. Good luck to you. I most likely won't ever go back though.

hiking
Monday, April 07, 2014

Beautiful spot...bring lunch and enjoy!!!

1 month ago

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