The 1-mile out-and-back hike to Kaaterskill Falls is probably the most popular hike in the Catskills, and it’s definitely the deadliest. Enough people have slipped near the top of the two-tier falls that the trail leading there has been officially closed.
But the 260-foot falls are plenty impressive from the bottom. The falls have touched visitors across generations—they were famously painted by Thomas Cole, and inspired a poem by William Cullen Bryant.
If you go: You can find the parking for Kaaterskill Falls here. It’s about a 2 hour and 15 minute drive from midtown Manhattan. There are no access fees, and leashed dogs are allowed.