Two-Tier Waterfall surrounded by such green trees in Summer. Kaaterskill Falls taken in the Catskills, NY.

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Kaaterskill Falls


For the best view of New York State's highest falls – 260ft, compared to Niagara's 167ft – without a strenuous hike, head to the viewing platform. Popular paintings by the Hudson River Valley School of painters in the mid-1800s elevated this two-tier cascade to iconic status, making it a major draw for hikers, artists and nature lovers.

There's parking just above on Rte 23A; be sure to stick to the shoulder and keep your eyes on cars coming around the bend on your walk down to the trailhead.

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