Kaaterskill Clove is a deep gorge in New York’s eastern Catskill Mountains, lying just west of the village of Palenville.
Kaaterskill Falls is one of the most popular natural attractions in the Catskill Mountains. The falls are a two-stage cascade, with the upper falls dropping about 167 feet and the lower falls plunging another 64 feet for a total height of 231 feet. (See below the photo gallery for further information about the height of the falls.) Hiking to the top of the falls has been a popular activity over the years, and there are several natural viewing platforms along the way up that offer stunning views of the falls. In addition to its natural beauty, Kaaterskill Falls has also been immortalized in art and literature. The painter Thomas Cole was inspired by the falls, and they were also mentioned in Washington Irving’s short story “Rip Van Winkle.” Today, Kaaterskill Falls continues to be a popular destination for both tourists and locals alike.
Height of Kaaterskill Falls: