Abs Mag:


 Beisel Rating:

0.23 (Class 1)


51 feet

 Tallest Drop:

51 feet

 # of Drops:





Plattekill Creek






Kaaterskill Clove 7 1/2"


Aerial Photography


52 D1





Hunter , Greene County, NY , USA


No Known Alternate Names



The falls from the side of the ravine



A short ways below Old Mill Falls, the waters of Platte Kill Creek slide down a rough chute hewn in the slatey bedrock then make a 51' plunge into a broad shallow pool. This is quite an attractive waterfall and I'd like to return during high water to see what it's capable of doing.


Geology and Bedrock Structure:




Photography Notes:

You'll need a tripod, polarizer and focal lengths in the rage of 28-80 mm. This waterfall, while likely capable of boisterous displays, is a tall thin plunge. Longer exposures will certainly benefit this waterfall. A warming filter isn't a bad idea either. The pool below has several large flat rocks that could serve as foreground compositional elements, but I preferred the view from the side of the ravine as foreshortening is an issue from below.



From West Saugerties, take Platte Clove Road (a narrow and steep road that is not maintained for winter travel) to the western end of the clove, about 2.3 miles from the base of the road. There is a parking area on the left side of the road. Old Mill Falls are in the woods, just below the bridge adjacent to the Platte Clove Preserve. Walking back down Platte Clove Road, there is a red cabin (not a private residence, but maintained by the Platte Clove Preserver) and a trail leads down into the ravine on the downhill side of the cabin. The falls are a short walk down the trail.