The Ultimate Downstate New York Waterfalls Road Trip Is A Wonderful Little Trip

Recently we comprised for you the Ultimate Waterfalls Road Trip, mapping out seven breathtaking waterfalls that brought you around Western New York. Today we’re here to remind you once again that our state’s list of waterfalls truly feels like it’s never-ending… in the best way possible of course. If you don’t have a lot of time to devote to a week of tracking down cascades, embark on this shorter road trip to discover and enjoy the best waterfalls in downstate New York

Generally speaking when it comes to New York’s mountainous areas, most people choose to visit the more well-known Adirondack region, missing out on the refreshing and relaxing views you’ll find tucked away in the Catskills. Featuring New York’s tallest and most powerful waterfalls, this fully mapped out road trip is ready to be at your service.

Coming in at just over 4 hours of driving time, this ultimate waterfalls adventure will have you feeling compelled to jump into your car immediately! We’ve got the direct link here from Google Maps for this road trip, so now all we need to know is… who’s ready for a road trip?

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/nominate/

So, would you be up for taking this scenic waterfalls road trip? Having so many gorgeous waterfalls throughout our state means there’s always more road trips to be tackled! Are there any waterfalls in the Downstate region that you would’ve liked to have added to this trip?

For more of the best hikes in the Empire State, read 12 Incredible Hikes Under 5 Miles Everyone In New York Should Take. Plan a trip to see them all and really get to know your own backyard a little better this year.

Address: Plattekill Creek, New York, USA
Address: Haines Falls, NY 12436, USA
Address: Kaaterskill Falls, Hunter, NY 12436, USA
Address: Diamond Notch Falls, Lexington, NY 12492, USA
Address: Vernooy Kill, New York, USA
Address: Verkeerder Kill Falls, Shawangunk, NY 12566, USA
Address: Lake Awosting, Wawarsing, NY 12446, USA
Address: High Falls, NY 12440, USA
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best waterfalls in downstate New York

July 18, 2020

Which hikes in New York are short and sweet?

Fillmore Glen State park is home to some of the most glorious hiking trails in New York. All of the trails in this park are less than 3 miles long, and the popular Gorge Trail is worthy of any outdoor bucket list. Chimney Bluffs State Park, in Wayne County, sits along the shores of Lake Ontario. The Bluff Trail is just over a mile long and offers stunning and unforgettable views of the water.

What are the best waterfall hikes in New York?

The Catskills and Adirondacks are full of stunning and impressive cascades. Kaaterskill Falls are among the most famous in the state, and you’ll find beautiful waterfalls in the Finger Lakes, around Watkins Glen. Delphi Falls is another notable cascade, and John Boyd Thacher State Park is home to the picturesque Minelot Falls.

What are the most picturesque hiking trails in New York?

Amersand Mountain is part of the Saranac Lake Six challenge, and the views from this beautiful peak are sure to impress even the most experienced climber. Mt Jo is one of the ADK High Peaks, and it’s accessible all year long. In the fall, you’ll find this gorgeous summit surrounded by breathtaking fall foliage. Prospect Mountain is one hike or drive that everyone should get to experience at least once in their lives, and the views of Lake George will forever stay in your memory.

Address: Plattekill Creek, New York, USA
Address: Haines Falls, NY 12436, USA
Address: Kaaterskill Falls, Hunter, NY 12436, USA
Address: Diamond Notch Falls, Lexington, NY 12492, USA
Address: Vernooy Kill, New York, USA
Address: Verkeerder Kill Falls, Shawangunk, NY 12566, USA
Address: Lake Awosting, Wawarsing, NY 12446, USA
Address: High Falls, NY 12440, USA