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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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  • I was with my wife and a couple of friends. The walk becomes a bit difficult after snowing a lot. Very careful not to fall, especially with children. The visual and landscape are beautiful, really worth it.
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  • Absolutely loved the views of this place. Breathtaking isn't even close to describing it. There are 3 levels...4 if you count the entry. When you first enter from the road there is a small fall. Then ...  more »
  • Absolutely beautiful! I've been there twice...the first with a friend and the 2nd with my boyfriend. Both times it was breathtaking! The waterfalls are best when there's been recent rain. The hike to ...  more »