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Kaaterskill Falls


Greene County

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Kaaterskill Falls is located in the Catskill Mountains, in the town of Hunter 12442, Greene County in the Hudson Valley. Kaaterskill Falls is one of America's oldest tourist attractions, appearing in some of the most prominent books, essays, poems and paintings of the early 19th century. Long before Alexis de Tocqueville's famous essay on America, Kaaterskill Falls was lauded as a place where a traveler could see a wilder image, a sort of primeval Eden. Beginning with Thomas Cole's first visit in 1825, they became an icon subject for painters of the Hudson River School, setting the wilderness ideal for American landscape painting. The Falls also inspired "Catterskill Falls", a poem by William Cullen Bryant.

Kaaterskill Falls is a two-drop waterfall located in the eastern Catskill Mountains of New York, on the north side of Kaaterskill Clove, between the hamlets of Haines Falls and Palenville. The dual cascades total 260 feet (79 m) in height, making it one of the higher waterfalls in New York, and one of the taller waterfalls in the eastern United States.

Waterfall Statistics
Magnitude: 56
Abs Mag: 63
Beisel Rating: 2.23 (Class 3)Height = 231 feet
Tallest Drop: 167 feet
Number of drops 2
Type: Tiered
Stream: Lake Creek
Latitude: 42.193
Longitude: 74.0629
Delormes: 52 C1

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The word is Hiking through the Catskills, on the way to Kaaterskill Falls, is Bastion Falls . Although smaller and not as dramatic as Kaaterskill Falls, Bastion Falls, 30 feet high, is quite striking and beautiful. Be sure to spend some time enjoying this smaller fall.

It appears that people have had serious accidents climbing to the top of the falls. Do not be tempted to climb to the top of the falls as missteps on the slippery rocks have resulted in serious accidents and even fatalities.

Location: Hunter

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