Kaaterskill Falls, Haines Falls

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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.
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  • A decent upgrade on a 1.5 km long walk up to the first floor, since the first case, and so the last case. Höstvyerna was unprecedented here. Well-made path and tape in the terrain, but not a tourist trap. Very good trip if you like nature and something out of the ordinary.
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  • Great outdoor activity in the Catskills. The hike to the bottom of the waterfall is 0.5 miles through the forest and easily overcome. Both the hike and the falls are beautiful. Not very crowded.  more »
  • We were staying in Tannersville and so had to take a short hike to see the Kaaterskill Falls. Towering at 260 feet – that’s 90 feet higher than Niagara Falls at 167 feet – Kaaterskill Falls is the tal...  more »

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