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Kaaterskill Falls Viewing Platform

An easy .6 round trip hike to the Viewing Platform overlooking Kaaterskill Falls and the Kaaterskill Clove.

The highest cascading two-tiered waterfall in NYS and one of America's oldest tourist attractions featured in some of the most prominent books, essays, poems and paintings of the early 19th century. Posted trail signs must be obeyed and proper footwear is required.

Please carry-in, carry-out.

Please note that all vehicles will be towed at owner's expense that are parked in no-parking zones.

Enjoy easy access by taking the Kaaterskill Trolley.


Important Information

  • Effective now and continuing throughout the warmer months, parking will be prohibited at the Ice Climber's lot and all smaller lots along State Route 23A in the Kaaterskill Clove.

  • Parking enforcement will be in effect, and illegally parked vehicles will be ticketed and towed.
  • To access major scenic attractions such as Kaaterskill Falls and other areas within the Clove, visitors can use the Kaaterskill Trolley Co., which will have multiple stops in Tannersville, Haines Falls, Palenville, and throughout the Clove.
  • Visitors are also encouraged to park in the Village of Tannersville, where there is abundant parking, and ride the trolley to their destination.
  • Alternatively, visitors can access Kaaterskill Falls via North/South Lake Campground, the Kaaterskill Rail Trail via the Mountain Top Historical Society, and other access points near North Lake Road. These trail access points feature parking and offer an alternative route to reach Kaaterskill Falls and the many scenic trails in the area.