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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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  • We parked close to the bottom of the falls. A medium difficulty hike led us to first to the middle section of the fall and then we went on to hike up to the top. One can choose to drive to the top, pa...  more »
  • The state of New York keeps making this place better and better. 2 years ago the only access to the falls was parking on a busy narrow road, walking on the busy narrow road and hopping the guard rail....  more »
  • We drove up to the new trail going up to Kaaterskill Falls last weekend. The water was pretty high, and we were able to see the streams and the falls from several vantage points. We walked from the Mo...  more »