Kaaterskill Falls

Highest two-tiered waterfall in New York.

Near: Haines Falls, NY

Distance: 1-mile round trip

Elevation Gain: 300 ft

Hike Time: 1 hour

Difficulty: Easy

Trail Condition: Well maintained trail

Hike Type: Out and Back

Kaaterskill Falls is the highest two-tiered waterfall in New York state. It is a very popular spot, especially during the warmer Summer months.

From the parking area, walk down to the bridge. Be cautious walking along the shoulder of the road. Near the bridge is Bastion Falls. Continue on the trail (yellow markers) for about 0.5 miles to the base of Katterskill Falls.

The water drops 260 feet in two stages. The first drop is 180 feet while the second is only 80 feet. The official trail ends here. Turn around and head back.

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Take NY Route 23A going west through the village of Pallenville. About 3 miles from the village you will get to a sharp hairpin turn (Here you will cross a bridge and see some nice falls on the right). The parking area is on the left just up the road. (Lat:42.19 Lon:-74.074)