I hope your week was fantastic. Today was such a beautiful day we decided to hike Kaaterskill Falls, which is the highest two-step water falls in New York.
After parking the vehicle we took in the views.
It is only a brief walk down to Bastion Falls.
Bastion Falls also has a double cascade - a preview of what is to come.
This is where you pick up the trail to Kaaterskill Falls.
As we start the hike it is a moderate climb.
There were pretty ferns along the way ...
and tree roots to be seen.
Mossy rocks were abundant.
Foliage just starting to change.
The rocky Kaaterskill Creek was slow moving in early autumn.
A colorful leaf gently floats in the stream.
Subtle hues of blue sky reflect.
Your anticipation builds with the sounds of the falls ... and then!
Here I am taking in the spectacular view.
The double falls has a first drop of 167' followed by a second drop of 64'.
A penny was thrown for good luck and a wish was made!
Mist keeps the walls moist enough for moss to grow in the sun.
Looking up large overhangs protrude from the top of the lower falls.
A picture is worth a thousand words!
Please feel free to watch my video to hear the sounds of the falls.
New York State's highest waterfalls, one of the most celebrated scenic sites in 19th century America, painted several times by Thomas Cole and most of the artists of the Hudson River School. Also, a favorite spot for American writers.
Thank you for stopping to visit and for taking a hike with me!