I can not recall how many times I had drove past the trail for Kaaterskill Falls on my way to Hunter Mountain ski area not knowing that one of the best waterfalls in the United States was only a short hike away. Located in the Catskill Mountains of New York state, the 260' falls is comprised of two free falling sections, 180' for the upper and 80' for the lower. Few falls are so beautiful and nicely framed my forests and and light colored sandstone cliffs it gives one the impression of canyons of the Colorado Plateau of the southwest.
This image was shot in October, 2013 caught the fall colored at it's peak. I had hoped to get full sunlight but after I realized it's northwest exposure and deep canyon might not ever get full sun exposure except for a few hours in summer. I did not hike further into the cove and visit the cavern behind the upper falls as there is no maintained trail past this site- that trail was destroyed to protect the state from sue happy visitors too stupid to keep themselves from slipping off the cliffs! I fully plan on visiting the on a future trip!
The falls was first made famous by painter, Thomas Cole, and the painters of the Hudson River School of Art. As you can see why paintings below such as this were the impetus of a mid 19th century tourist industry which at it's height was world destination!
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