A Hudson Valley Hike: Kaaterskill Falls

capture_02Well clearly WordPress hates me (or Kaaterskill Falls) today because this is about the twentieth time I’ve tried to post this. Ugh! Okay, deep breaths. I’m trying to get into shape for Yellowstone in a more body-friendly way than I have in years past. I’m trying to avoid the machines at the gym so hiking is a great option. I thought I would share some Hudson Valley hiking pictures to get you in the spirit of summer and encourage you to enjoy the outdoors. Here are some photos of Kaaterskill Falls. In the past, I’ve hiked the upper trails but I’ve never experienced the lower trail so Tuna and I figured what the heck. If you enjoy long, heavily forested hikes with easy parking, try upper Kaaterskill. The lower trail is relatively short–ending abruptly at the falls, the trail is rocky (which I enjoy), and the walk from the parking lot to the trail head is perilous. Overall, it was worth the jaunt just to see the falls and relax on the rocks. When you’re finished communing with nature, visit the nearby hamlets. Kaaterskill Falls is right between Palenville and Haines Falls on Route 23A. Palenville has the Circle W general store which makes the best sandwiches (try the Fernwood). And if you’re heading towards Haines Falls, keep driving to Tannersville and Hunter for some great shopping. The scenic drive in and of itself is worth it.

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