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Kaaterskill Falls

Kaaterskill Falls

Difficulty: Intermediate
How far is it: Two hours and 50 minutes by bus
How to get there: Buy a ticket to Palenville, New York from Port Authority bus terminal via Pine Hill Trailways. A round-trip ticket will cost you $65.
What to expect: You’ll find the tallest two-tier waterfall in New York on this short, steep hike. Be warned: Kaaterskill Falls is a popular spot for hikers, so you probably won’t be the only person taking in the views. If you’re keen on taking in two waterfalls in one day, check out the nearby Bastion Falls. You can find them just off the trailhead —  it’s even visible from the road. The falls are a three-hour hike from Palenville — you can grab a taxi to drop you off closer if you’re looking for a shorter hike — but the route from Palenville’s city center takes you through the scenic Kaaterskill Wild Forest.
Nearby campground: Blue Mountain Campground is located a quick 4-minute drive — or a 55-minute hike — from Palenville. The campground offers tent sites, cabins, and RVs for rent, and if you’re looking for equipment, they can hook you up with that (tents to rent are $25 a night on top of the $32 site rental). It also has an on-site laundry room, a camp store, fire rings, picnic tables, a playground, Wi-Fi, showers, and full-service bathrooms. 

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