Abs Mag:


 Beisel Rating:

2.23 (Class 3)


231 feet

 Tallest Drop:

167 feet

 # of Drops:





Lake Creek






USGS Kaaterskill 7 1/2"


Aerial Photography


52 C1



The falls from the base, click to enlarge

The falls from the base, click to enlarge

The upper tier, click to enlarge

The lower tier, click to enlarge

An old postcard image from the archive, click to enlarge

An old postcard image from the archive, click to enlarge



Hunter , Greene County, NY , USA


No Known Alternate Names



The falls from the base



Kaaterskill Falls is frequently thought of as the tallest waterfall in New York, although T Lake Falls (300'), Inspiration Falls (350'), and Roaring Brook Falls (325') are all taller. It's still a bona fide giant by east coast standards. When I first visited the falls in October of 2005, I was sufficiently blown away. I got lucky and got high water. This waterfall is a bona fide gem. Lake Creek leaps 167' into a wide amphitheater then collects itself for the final 64' leap. In October of 2008, I got lucky in a different way: the last rays of light were striking the falls as I arrived. The ampitheater was tinged in a salmon pink glow. I made my shots with the last available light, then hiked out with the headlamp.


Geology and Bedrock Structure:




Photography Notes:

Foreshortening is going to be an issue here. There is little you can do about it. You'll want to compose your shot with as little sky as possible here, otherwise, the falls will appear to pour out of the sky. If you shoot on a clear day, this won't be such an issue. A polarizer will be helpful here, but not to the degree that it can be at other waterfalls. The waters pour clear of the cliff, so wet rocks and their reflective nature aren't overpowering here. Focal lengths in the 28-80mm range should be sufficient to the task, unless you want telephoto isolations.



Take Route 23A into Kaaterskill Clove and drive about 2/10 of a mile past the bridge at the horseshoe bend and park in the parking lot on the left side of the road. Walk carefully, being mindful of vehicular traffic on a narrow road, and look for the trailhead on the downhill side of the bridge. The falls are about half a mile up the trail.