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