#56: Hike Kaaterskill Falls

#56: Hike 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.

You can catch some info about finding the trailhead parking lot and about the history of the falls at these two websites: and


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!


Circle W Market - General store in Palenville: パレンヴィルにある万屋(よろずや)

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♥

The question of whether a tiny Pagan group’s Palenville headquarters qualifies for a religious tax exemption will be heard by the highest court in New York State this year, according to lawyers on both sides of the case.

The New York State Court of Appeals has granted the town of Catskill’s motion for leave to appeal in its case against the Maetreum of Cybele, a three-story former inn in the Catskill hamlet of Palenville that is the worldwide headquarters of the Cybeline Revival, a monastic branch of Paganism founded by Cathryn Platine in the 1990s.

Platine, whose religious title is Reverend Mother Battakes, lives at the Maetreum, along with a small group of the religion’s followers.

Under federal law, properties owned by recognized religious organizations are exempt from local taxes, as long as they are used for religious or charitable purposes. Catskill’s town officials have argued that the Maetruem’s use of the property to house its members isn’t religious enough to qualify for the exemption. The Maetreum has accused the town of religious discrimination, and claims that its members’ use of the property is no different from the way that nuns use convents.