Favorite thing: The Catskills area has a fascinating history. In the late 1800's it was a vacation hotspot. Many large, luxury hotels were built around the area, including the Laurel House which was located just at the top of Kaaterskill Falls. There used to be wooden staircases and walkways that led you down the mountain for excellent viewpoints of the falls. They are long gone now, along with the Hotel, which was purchased by the state in the 1960's, deemed unrepairable and burnt down. You can still find some foundation remnants at the top of the falls, but the area for the most part, has been allowed to return to the wild, natural place it was before the big hotel days.
Kaaterskill Falls is beautiful enough to inspire artists to create. Back in 1826, Thomas Cole, a painter who was a part of the Hudson River School of Art, created his work entitled Falls of Kaaterskill. It is an enchanting depiction of the falls in autumn.
This website is really interesting. You can download hiking maps that will take you to the settings of some of the works of art done by the Hudson River School.