Kaater­skill Falls, NY

Don’t stop at the cas­cade: This 260-foot beauty is just the be­gin­ning.

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CATSKILL PARK, NEW YORK

Some pop­u­lar hikes de­serve the at­ten­tion, and you just have to de­cide when to join the crowd. Oc­to­ber may be the per­fect time to visit 260-foot Kaater­skill Falls. Not only is it when the birches turn, but this year, the re­vamped trail sys­tem means op­tions to ex­tend. So join the tourists on the .6-mile hike to the two-tiered cas­cade (go mid­week to avoid the rush), but don’t turn around there. Find the newly in­stalled stair­case and climb to the top of the falls where, around mile .8, you can link up with any num­ber of foot­paths, in­clud­ing the renowned 23.9-mile Es­carp­ment Trail. But for a bite-size trip, we rec­om­mend pick­ing up the Blue Trail. Fol­low it 1.2 miles coun­ter­clock­wise around the flank of South Moun­tain to a sand­stone out­crop­ping called In­spi­ra­tion Point for a view of hard­woods fan­ning out in ev­ery di­rec­tion. Con­tact bit.do/ kaater­skill-wild-for­est

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