Kaaterskill Falls 260 feet - Catskills NY 23A

Bastian Falls on Highway 23A in the New York Catskills. Google Maps photo by bsilva81
Bastian Falls on Highway 23A in the New York Catskills. Google Maps photo by bsilva81

"Kaaterskill Falls is a two-stage waterfall of Kaaterskill Creek, located in the eastern Catskill Mountains of New York, on the north side of Kaaterskill Clove, between the hamlets of Haines Falls and Palenville in Greene County's Town of Hunter. The two cascades total 260 feet (79 m) in height, making it one of the highest waterfalls in New York, and one of the Eastern United States' tallest waterfalls.

The waterfalls are one of America's oldest tourist attractions, being depicted or described by many 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 during 1825, they became a 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."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaaterskill_Falls


"This is one of the most popular hikes in the area, in part because everyone likes waterfalls, and in part because it’s a relatively short hike to a huge, 260-foot payoff, divided over two drops.

Another highlight along the way is the smaller-but-still-awesome Bastion Falls, which flows past the trailhead and is easily visible from the road."

http://hikethehudsonvalley.com/kaaterskill-falls/

Kaaterskill Falls is 50 miles south of Albany, New York.
Kaaterskill Falls is 50 miles south of Albany, New York.

Mike Todd has posted some nice photos in a Picassa Web Album here.

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