Vernooy Falls Trail

MODERATE 78 reviews
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Vernooy Falls Trail is a 3.3 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.

3.3 miles
639 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash


nature trips


bird watching







20 days ago

Very VERY icy — and much of the trail is also washed out by melted ice in places. Best in crampons, microspikes of Yak Traks. But I loved it!

Beautiful, easy hike with gorgeous falls!!! Such a wonderful hike and barely elevation but still satisfying. Will return in the summer for some nice swimming!

4 months ago

I saw a black bear only a few hundred feet from the trailhead! It crossed the trail and looked right at me, but didnt seem interested. Not a hard hike at all, but very wet during a downpour. Luckily I was wearing waterproof boots

6 months ago

It's not a difficult trail but make sure to wear comfortable and ankle supportive shoes.

6 months ago

Great waterfall at the end. There is also a campsite at the falls, if you wanted to hike in and spend an evening. Most of the trail is creek bed, with about 1-2 inches of water present after a rain in most portions. If there is heavy rain, be prepared to climb over a few logs.

6 months ago

Moderate trail even after a heavy rain. Payoff is the beautiful series of waterfalls.

6 months ago

7 months ago

Excellent hike. Trailhead was not difficult to find based on the AllTrails directions. It took us right to the parking lot which had signs towards the trail across the street. The path was wide for the most part and very easy to follow. There was one confusing part about 1mi into the hike which was a fork in the path. There were two wide paths so we did not know which one to follow, but we stuck to the right and it took us the correct way. At the end we took a swim in the water which was cold but felt amazing as it was a hot summer day. The hike back was a breeze, mostly downhill. The hike to get to the falls was not very challenging and perfect for a quick and easy thing. Mostly shaded. Took us 40min, and the way back was maybe 20min. Would do it again! Very fun.

7 months ago

Easy hike. Nice Forrest views with a small set of falls at the top. Great place to cool down. Quick little hike

7 months ago

Easy hike , falls were visually appealing.

7 months ago

Nice hike and beautiful waterfalls.

9 months ago

Easy walk on washout road . Very cool spot to spend time at the top

Sunday, October 22, 2017

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!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

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.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

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!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

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.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

The waterfall is very nice, great camping spot

Saturday, May 27, 2017

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!

Saturday, April 08, 2017

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

Monday, March 13, 2017

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

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 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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Monday, April 07, 2014

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

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