New York is full of some super incredible waterfalls. There are so many waterfalls in New York, but below are some of my favorite!
Kaaterskill Falls, Catskills
Kaaterskill Falls is a classic New York waterfall that you must visit. It has been a popular waterfall for centuries and is depicted in paintings from the 1800’s. It is one of the tallest waterfalls in New York State.
There are many hiking trails around Kaaterskill Falls. You can hike to the viewing platform at the top of the waterfall and hike down the trail that goes to the bottom of the waterfall. From the bottom, you can truly see how big Kaaterskill Falls is.
In the winter, Kaaterskill Falls turns into a winter wilderness, with ice and snow covering all parts of the gorge that the waterfall is a part of.
Kaaterskill Falls is an incredible, easy to visit, waterfall in New York State. There are many other things to do nearby including North-South Lake State Park and Hunter Mountain.
For more information on visiting Kaaterskill Falls, check out my Kaaterskill Falls blog post!
Waterfalls at Letchworth State Park
Letchworth State Park is referred to as the “Grand Canyon of the East.” It has three massive waterfalls made by the Genesee River. The park in total is around 17 miles long and follows the canyon that holds the Genesee River.
The three waterfalls are named Upper, Middle, and Lower Falls.
There are various hiking trails and viewpoints of the waterfalls throughout the park. My favorite of the three main waterfalls is Middle Falls, as you can walk up close and personal to this huge waterfall.
You make get lucky and see colorful hot air balloons flying through the canyon around the waterfalls, as this is a common occurrence at Letchworth State Park.
For more information on visiting the waterfalls at Letchworth State Park, check out my blog post all about Letchworth State Park!
Awosting Falls, Minnewaska State Park
Awosting Falls is another waterfall that I love to visit in New York. It is located in Minnewaska State Park which is less than 2 hours from NYC. There is a large parking area and a nicely groomed gravel trail to the bottom of the falls.
The waterfall is best seen in the spring with all of the extra water running in the streams, but can be seen at any time of year.
In Minnewaska State Park, there are so many other things to see including lakes, waterfalls, and panoramic views.
For more information about visiting Awosting Falls at Minnewaska State Park, check out my Minnewaska State Park blog post!
Waterfalls at Watkins Glen State Park
Watkins Glen State Park is an iconic New York State Park. It features as one of the top state parks in New York. Within Watkins Glen State Park, there are around 17 waterfalls within a gorge that you can see up close and personal via stone walkways and stairs.
You can even walk behind one of the waterfalls!
It is a unique state park that showcases some of the great beauty of New York.
If you’re interested in visiting Watkins Glen State Park, head on over to full Guide to Watkins Glen State Park.
Taughannock Falls State Park
Last, but definitely not least on the list of waterfalls you must visit in New York is Taughannock Falls in the Finger Lakes Region. It is an incredible, stunning waterfall.
Taughannock Falls is the tallest single drop waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains.
There are walking trails and two different ways to view the falls. The main trail to the base of the falls takes you through a deep gorge before you arrive to the falls.
Taughannock Falls State Park is located along the Cayuga Lake, offering many other lakefront activities.
If you’re interested in visiting Taughannock Falls State Park, check out my blog post Guide to Visiting Taughannock Falls!
I hope this post inspires to you check out some of New York’s amazing waterfalls! Let me know your comments and questions down below.
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