Plan Is Proposed to Improve Safety at Catskills Waterfall

HAINES FALLS, N.Y. (AP) -
The 260-foot drop at the Kaaterskill Falls as seen from below.
The 260-foot drop at the Kaaterskill Falls as seen from below.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is proposing to make a new trail with a 200-step stone staircase to improve safety and viewing opportunities at a popular and historic Catskills waterfall.

The changes are proposed for the Kaaterskill Falls, a two-drop 260-foot cascade in the eastern Catskill Mountains. The waterfall is one of America’s oldest tourist attractions and is immortalized in Hudson River School paintings and Washington Irving’s “Rip Van Winkle.”

In recent years, several people have fallen to their deaths at the falls, despite warning, signs and fencing.