Journey to the place that inspired the Hudson River School of Art, to the mountains where the nation's first artistic style took root, to the wilderness that beguiled and the river that made it all possible — explore the Kaaterskill Clove Experience and travel a new path through America's first wilderness.
Travel the Kaaterskill Clove Experience
The Kaaterskill Clove Experience is a mountain ravine of picture-postcard beauty and bound by the gateway communities of Palenville to the east and Haines Falls to the west.
Explore the history of American art in the landscape that inspired it! Discover the Catskills’ scenic beauty and artistic heritage through tailored, self-guided itineraries that will take you from mountain peak to river valley, heritage site to sky walk.
Kaaterskill Clove Itineraries
Our tailor-made itineraries* provide the right amount of adventure, discovery and education amid the scenic landscape that inspired generations of painters, poets, writers and photographers.
Begin your journey through the Catskills’ past with one of our four predefined itineraries that take you to new places, and get you off the road and into the mountains to experience the stunning vistas, thundering waterfalls and scenic nature parks – the hallmarks of Greene County.
From the shores of the Hudson River where Thomas Cole unknowingly began his career as the Father of American Art more than 180 years ago, to the mountain steeps of Rip Van Winkle’s marathon nap, travel along scenic byways that crisscross mountains and valleys through America’s First Vacation Land.
Relax at the historic Catskill Point on the Hudson River waterfront for a leisurely lunch, or hike to the base of Kaaterskill Falls for an open-air picnic. Rediscover the power of nature to enchant, and walk in the footsteps of our nation’s cultural mavericks.
Amble around John Burroughs’ summer retreat, view the treasures Frederic Church collected during his travels abroad, and gaze across the landscape that inspired American authors James Fenimore Cooper – whose characters from his novel The Last of the Mohicans can be seen in more than one of Cole’s paintings – and William Cullen Bryant, a lifelong friend of the father of the Hudson River School.
Download our informational PDF to assist in planning your own experience and follow in the footsteps of the past.
* Be sure to check listings for seasons and hours of operation.
Follow a kid-friendly route to attractions the whole family will enjoy.
Take your time enjoying these stops on the Kaaterskill Clove Experience. Perfectly suited for everyone!
This is the perfect route for adventure seekers to take moderate hikes to waterfalls and enjoy spectacular mountain views. You'll build up an appetite so be sure to stop at one of many dining options close by.
Follow the Kaaterskill Clove Experience from start to finish - enjoying shopping, dining and lodging options along the way. You'll need a couple days to complete this route, but the memories you make will be unforgettable!