Kaaterskill Rail Trail

New York

Kaaterskill Rail Trail Facts

States: New York
Counties: Greene
Length: 2 miles
Trail end points: Mountain Top Historical Society, Rt. 23A and Laurel House Rd.
Trail surfaces: Concrete, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6543991
Trail activities: Mountain Biking, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

With Unlimited:

  • Export to My Trail Guide
  • Create Guidebook
  • Download GPX
  • Download Offline Maps
  • Print Friendly Map
Upgrade Now

Register for Free with TrailLink Today!

View over 30,000 miles of trail maps
Share your trail photos
Save Your Favorite Trails
Find New Trails Near You
Leave reviews for trails
Submit new trails to our site
Register Now

Kaaterskill Rail Trail Description

The Kaaterskill Rail Trail offers a beautiful wooded walk through Haines Falls in eastern New York, nestled in the northern Catskills. It begins at the historical Ulster & Delaware Train Station, built in 1913, that serves as headquarters for the Mountain Top Historical Society and offers a small museum and information center. The rail-trail continues along the former U&D Railroad, which once took tourists through the area, into the Kaaterskill Wild Forest to end at the top of Kaaterskill Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in the state.

A future extension will link the rail-trail to the Escarpment Trail, which offers a rugged and scenic hiking experience, and the popular North-South Lake State Campground.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available at the trailhead at the Mountain Top Historical Society headquarters on Route 23A in Haines Falls, NY.

Kaaterskill Rail Trail Reviews

This trail is now complete from the old train station to the falls. Not sure I'd take a bike on it at this point - lots of old rr ties, stumps and roots - but a really nice walk from Haines Falls to Kaaterskill Falls.

The walk was nice very relaxing although I did run I to 2 small black bears on the trail with no warning sign that they were living in the area I would advise caution for anyone that at goes on the trail

After deciding which route to take due to confusing signage and getting off trail for a few moment I decided this trail was nice but not perfect.
Also after 2 miles biking and some parts walking the bike due to mud and woods from train tracks rails we encountered that the end was closed due to construction and wasn't allowed to cross and had to head back same way I came avoiding the nice downhill ride on the main road which makes it much easier after 2 miles of wood terrain.
The nice part was the convenience parking next to it at the Mountain Top Historical center and the shower taken at the waterfalls after the biking exercise.

Accordion

Trail in nice shape but could really some signage upgrades. Had to backtrack several times to locate trail. Would be perfect experiences with simple fix.

Some sections of this trail are beautiful, and its terminus at the top of the falls is spectacular, but it has problems. It is hard to find the start and the signage along the way is sometimes not clear. The trail diverts to a road for a significant section, and major sections of the wooded trail are muddy and uneven because many of the railway cross-ties were left in place. It's OK for walking, but if you want to bike you must get off and walk for some sections because the ties are just too high and the soil around them can't drain properly. This trail really needs work to get it into shape, but the falls make a really nice destination.

Trail Events

This trail does not have any events yet.
Be the first to add one!

Add an Event

Nearby Trails

Tannersville Bike Path (Huckleberry Multi-Use Trail)

New York - 2.7 miles

For family riding and walking, the Tannersville Bike Path offers a 2.7 mile stretch of graded dirt path starting on Clum Hill Road directly across...

D & H Canal Heritage Corridor (O&W Rail-Trail)

New York - 11.8 miles

Sandwiched between the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains near the busy US Route 209 corridor, this trail has a little something for everyone....

Wallkill Valley Rail Trail

New York - 21.2 miles

The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail extends more than 20 miles between Kingston and Gardiner along the route of the old Wallkill Valley Railroad, which, in...

Accordion

Catskill Scenic Trail

New York - 26 miles

The Catskill Scenic Trail lives up to its name as it winds through a broad farming valley and small towns in New York's Catskill Mountains. The West...

Harlem Valley Rail Trail

New York - 17.3 miles

Harlem Valley Rail Trail provides a scenic ride through rolling farm fields and dense woods on the bed of the New York and Harlem Railroad that ran...

Albany County Rail Trail

New York - 8.4 miles

About 8 miles of the planned 9-mile Albany County Rail Trail (also known as the Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail) is now open. Pedestrians and bicyclists...

Hudson Valley Rail Trail

New York - 3.6 miles

Located in the mid-Hudson Valley is a remarkable trail that is picturesque and family friendly. This flat, paved Hudson Valley Trail stretches nearly...

Walkway Over The Hudson

New York - 1.28 miles

Built in 1888 to link New York and New England to the coal beds of Pennsylvania and the West, the steel cantilever truss Poughkeepsie-Highland...

William R. Steinhaus Dutchess Rail Trail

New York - 13 miles

The Dutchess Rail Trail is a local treasure in the Hudson Valley region of New York, and for good reason: the 13-mile trail runs through what seems...

Erie Canalway Trail

New York - 279.5 miles

The Erie Canalway Trail will run for 360 miles in upstate New York—from Buffalo in the west to Albany in the east—linking many other communities along...

Railroad Ramble

Connecticut - 1.7 miles

The Railroad Ramble occupies a corridor abandoned by the Central New England Railroad, which provided service from 1871 through 1967. In Lakeville,...

Andes Rail Trail

New York - 3.1 miles

The Andes Rail Trail begins in the quaint town of Andes in the beautiful Catskill Mountains region of southeastern New York and follows a branch of...

Download the TrailLink mobile app and take TrailLink with you!
Support Trails and Pick Your FREE Guidebook + Trail Kit Today!

Explore by City

Explore by City

Explore by Activity

Explore by Activity

Log in to your account to:

  • View trail paths on the map
  • Save trails to your account
  • Add trails, edit descriptions
  • Share photos
  • Add reviews
OR

Register for free!

Join TrailLink (a non-profit) to view more than 30,000 miles of trail maps and more!
OR