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Fawn's Leap Falls

Fawn's Leap is a 24' high waterfall located in Kaaterskill Creek just above Moore's Bridge. 

8/6/20 UPDATE: To combat the overcrowding and illegal parking at access points on Route 23A, the Town of Hunter will be towing all illegally parked vehicles at the owners' expense. This policy will remain in effect indefinitely. See below for more information:

The town of Hunter has issued a new Kaaterskill Clove Parking Enforcement policy that goes into effect the weekend of August 8:

  • Beginning on the weekend of August 8th, The Town of Hunter will be operating a Vehicle impound Lot located at 5748, Route 23A, Tannersville NY (Town Hall).
  • This impound lot will be in operation every weekend until the illegal parking is dramatically curtailed.
  • Any illegally parked vehicle will be ticketed and then towed to the Town Hall Impound Lot which will be manned by a Town of Hunter Police Officer until 8pm.
  • A vehicle owner will only be able to retrieve their vehicle once they have paid the Towing Fee, and the Impound Fee in full, via credit card or cash.
  • Any vehicle not picked up by 8pm will then incur an additional daily fee.
  • The Town has authorized the purchase of equipment to enable our Town of Hunter Police officers to associate parking violations to a vehicle registration via the DMV. Town of Hunter Police officers will soon be able to generate and print parking violations that must be answered in Town Court for the owner to renew their vehicle registration. This will replace the hand-written system currently in use.

This is a very popular hiking destination, and is often VERY overcrowded. In order to avoid crowds and practice safe social distancing, we suggest finding an alternative waterfall hike

If you must visit, practice Leave No Trace principles and carry out what you carry in. 

Whenever you are hiking near a waterfall, remember to use extreme caution. Spray can dampen nearby rocks and soil, creating slippery conditions. Never attempt to climb up the waterfalls themselves, as a fall could be life threatening.

How Fawn's Leap Got Its Name

The etymology of Fawn's Leap is contested, and historians have tried to determine how the popular spot got its name for a long time.The most common story is that a doe and fawn tried to cross the water, and the fawn failed to jump after its mother, falling into the falls. In one story, the fawn lives, in another, it does not. Whatever is true, it is a popular place to cool off on a hot summer's day.