Catskill State Park Travel Guide

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Catskill State Park Things to Do

  • View mountains in all kinds of weather

    This is a rainbow that dragged the horizonnever saw one like this beforeit was straight across in frontof the mountains

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  • Go Fishing in Esopus Creek

    Beautful spot for fishingThis view was in the springjust after leaves came outOff Route 28 near Phoenicia

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  • Walk on the Ashokan Dam

    Long walk along the damwith distant view of the Catskill MountainsGood any season on a clear day.This is telephoto view ofarea in Mid-CatskillsSee Kingston Page for other viewsSlide Mountain is up in this areaand is highest Catskill at 4200 feet.

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  • Go view the mountains from afar after a...

    From County Route 6, west from New Paltz,toward Mohonk Mountain House, and overthe hill and down by a horse farm andjust before turn in the road to the rightis a nice view of most all of theCatskill Mountains ( about 20 miles away)

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  • Kaaterskill Falls Official Hike

    Going to see Kaaterskill Falls was an adventure. On a day when it was sporatically pouring with rain it was a risky move to do this hike when we did, but it was well worth it. It is a short, moderately difficult hike about a half mile to the base of the falls. . When you reach the clearing, the view is breathtaking, "WOW" was all that came out of...

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  • Bastion Falls and the start of the trail

    Bastion Falls can be viewed as you drive by on Rt. 23A. It is the first trail marker of sorts for the Kaaterskill Falls trail. After you take a moment to enjoy these falls, continue to the start of the trail. Be sure to sign in at the visitors book. The book is enclosed in a metal box at the start of the trail. it's a good idea to sign in so that...

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Catskill State Park Restaurants

  • Fantastic Falafel Fiesta!

    On our way up the New York Thruway to Kaaterskill Falls, we popped into New Paltz for some lunch. Unbenknownst to us, it was the day of the Gay Pride parade so there was lots of hubbub in the streets. Luckily we found a place to park before the parade started and after wandering mainstreet for a little while, we came upon the Moon Light cafe. When...

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  • All my favorites in one place!

    I had read about this wonderful little place in a New York State guide book. Lou and I love cheese, and I am always a fan of antique stores, we definately had to stop in. As we had already had lunch, we decided to enjoy dessert here. The place is really nicely laid out. It has a country store like feel to it. We sat in a side room that had large...

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Catskill State Park Transportation

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    by kazander Written Jun 22, 2005

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    Kaaterskill is not someplace you can just drive your car up to and stand in awe with a bunch of fannypacked tourists at a scenic lookout. You gotta hike it.
    Your journey starts at the parking area on Rt 23A just about a 1/4 mile above the hairpin turn. It's just east of Haines Falls.(the town, not the waterfall) Walk down the road (as close to the edge as possible, there is no shoulder) until you get to Bastion Falls (can't miss em). That is the trailhead. Follow the yellow markers uphill from there to the base of the falls.

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Catskill State Park Shopping

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    by kazander Written Jun 21, 2005

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    We parked just outside of Aphrodite's when we came into New Paltz. We saved it for our last stop and wandered around the town. We really had saved the best for last. This cute, crowded little store and lots of gorgeous antique jewlery as well as lots of other goodies. I wanted to take it all home with me.

    What to buy: I was debating between two beautiful necklaces, I settled on the abalone, Lou swooped it out of my hand and bought it for me. He is adorable:)

    What to pay: Quite reasonable if you ask me....

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Catskill State Park Local Customs

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    by kazander Updated Jun 22, 2005

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    We met this little fella on Rt 23A on the way back to the car. He was just hanging out roadside. Good thing he's nice and bright otherwise I might have missed him!

    it's a newt!   pic a la Louis
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Catskill State Park Warnings and Dangers

  • You could fall down the mountain!

    When climbing up to the second level of the falls (or climbing down from it) be very careful. It is extremely steep and slippery, especially after a rain! As I was climbing down, my feet came out from under me and I slipped quite a ways. I grabbed onto a tree and Lou manged to brace me before I went too far. Unfortunately, I did scrape myself up...

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  • Don't plan on staying clean

    After conquering Kaaterskill, we hoofed it back up to the parking lot where we started out from. We were covered in mud, we were damp from rain and waterfall mist, and just basically a dishelved mess. There were a few older guys at the lookout point. They yelled over to us "hope you got some good photos after whatever you just went through "Yeah,...

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  • ew slugs...

    Climbing up to the higher level of the waterfall required some work. Grabbing onto roots, trees and rocks was very helpful in hoisting myself up this steep mountain. One time when grabbing onto a root, my hand closed around something squishy. I had just crushed a slug. I am still slightly nauseated thinking about it....ew

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Catskill State Park What to Pack

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    by kazander Written Jun 14, 2005

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Hiking shoes or boots are a must! You need something with traction to keep you from falling down the mountain. No flip flops (I actually saw a few people in Flips Flops!!! )
    Jeans are a good idea. When we were climbing back down there was a lot of sliding down the steep hill on your butt. Need to keep it protected. I saw girls in mini skirts, I have NO idea how they made it down. Ouch.
    A bathing suit under your clothes might be a good idea. Lots of people were taking a dip.

    Photo Equipment: You will definately want to bring along a camera to photograph this beautiful waterfall. Maybe you will want a polarizer or an ND filter.

    Miscellaneous: Water when your hiking is always a good idea.

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Catskill State Park Favorites

  • History...

    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....

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  • Inspiration for a work of art

    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...

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