a quaint town only 3 hours from New York City is populated with just about 1,037
cheerful locals. Located at the very base of the Catskill Mountains, you can
wander the enchanting forests to find swimming holes, creeks and paths during
a hike to the well known Kaaterskill Falls.
Kaaterskill Falls is one of my favorite hikes in the area. It’s short, easy, and the destination is spectacular!
Starting off this hike is a bit dodgy. The parking area is located on a dangerous “S” curve of road, and the parking lot gets pretty full on beautiful summer and fall days. DO NOT PARK ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD. You have to walk along a very short but dangerous portion of this “S” curve road to reach the trailhead. Keep a hold on your kiddos’ hands, parents.
But once you get to the trailhead, it’s easy going and spectacular right away! There’s a short little waterfall right off the road, where a lot of people go swimming and enjoy the water.
The falls themselves is a two-drop waterfall located in the eastern portion of the Catskill Mountains, near Palenville in Greene County. The dual cascades total 260 feet, making it one of the highest waterfalls in New York State.
The trail officially ends at the bottom of the lower falls, but for the more adventurous-minded, you can climb a very steep hill to reach the bottom of the upper falls. Just before you reach the bottom of the top falls, you get pretty close to the edge of the cliff; if you’re scared of heights, this might be a real problem. My husband couldn’t bring himself to scoot along this dangerous edge. Once at the top, though, you can walk behind the upper falls and swim in an awesome swimming hole.
There another unofficial trail that goes up to the very, very top of the upper falls, but I’ve never taken this trail it seems very steep and very dangerous.
My boyfriend and I are slowly but surely becoming better campers. We love the Catskills and have found a secret spot with an awesome Teepee and two cute cabins perfect for last minute getaways out of NYC. We didn’t waste anytime this year and packed our bags for the first official camping weekend of the year. The weather wasn’t as warm as I had hoped for, but it was still super relaxing. Here’s a few pics from our trip.
Our home for the weekend.
Fawns Leap. I can’t wait to come back when it’s hot!
Today Bryan and I stopped by Circle W in Palenville, a hamlet of Catskill about eight miles from the village, in the Kaaterskill Clove on the way up the mountain. The cafe has become a Greene County fave for its always fresh and delicious food and easy vibe. Circle W specializes in hearty sandwiches, (offering gf bread as an option) and also serves quiche, soup, salads and french toast, plus an array of baked goods. The market is stocked with basics for visitors and locals alike, including books and hiking trail maps of the Greene County Catskills. Love this place!
仕事がオフの金曜日、運動不足になりがちな冬をスノーボーで楽しむシュールマン家。朝はいつも大体ベッドから出れなくて夫にぐずる私。コーヒーを寝間まで持って来てくれる心優しい夫にはいつも感謝しております。のっそり起きて、服を纏い、顔を洗い、歯を磨き、再びコーヒーをすするだけで準備完了な私の横で、コーヒーを暖め直し、二人分のボードとブーツ等その他諸々を車に積み込んでくれる夫。早よ行くで〜と言わんばかりの動きっぷりは私の父にそっくり。ハンタースキーリゾートまで40分程のドライブの途中にあるヘルシー志向な万屋で（こちらでジェネラルストアーっていうからコンビニみたいやけど）サンドイッチやコーヒーも売ってて、食べるスペースもあるので、腹ごしらえは大体ここで。氷点下１０度以下だった朝、温かいエッグソーセージサンドと持参のコーヒーは心までほくほくにしてくれた。 Whenever we have a day off on Friday’s, it seems like we head out to Hunter mountain to enjoy snowboarding. I usually battle with myself to get up till my lovely husband brings me a cup of coffee in the bed. I slowly make a move to change, wash my face, brush my teeth, and finish up by sipping coffee again while my husband pours hot coffee in our thermos and packs our car with all the gear. It reminds me of my father when my husband moves left and right to rush me getting ready. Finally we take off to Hunter Mountain, it’s about a 40 minunte drive from our home in Saugerties, but first thing first. We make a breakfast stop at this general store in Palenville called Circle W Market. It was in the single digit outside last Friday, we enjoyed warm egg sausage sandwiches with hot coffee from home. Such a lovely store with lovely people, I promise it will make your freezing morning warm and happy♥
Finding the random shots is often times more fun than the tradition #fall landscape. This #classictruck is all decked out for the #autumn season in #Palenville #NewYork. ——————————————- #fallcolor #classiccars #mums #cornstalks #matthewbephotography (at Palenville, NY)