Falling Waters Preserve

A delightful stroll that’s all about the simple joys of being outside.

Hike Length: 2.4 miles (3.86 km)

Total Ascent: 180ft (55m)

Intensity: Easy Catskills Hike

Route Type: Loop

Includes: Blazed Trail

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Falling Waters Preserve, Hudson River

Water’s edge

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 Figure-of-8 loop.

Hiking Trail Description

Welcome to Falling Waters Preserve, a delightful Scenic Hudson park that’s all about the simple joys of being outside.

Right on the Hudson River, this place is a great spot for anyone looking to take an easy walk through some beautiful landscapes without going too far off the beaten path.

The preserve features a mix of trails that’ll take you through woods, meadows, and right up to some peaceful spots along the riverbank. It’s the kind of place where you can really take it easy, enjoy the views, and maybe even spot some local wildlife.

What makes Falling Waters Preserve stand out are its waterfalls. They’re not huge, but they add a nice touch to the walk, especially when they’re full and flowing. Plus, the river views here are something else. You can see across the Hudson without anything blocking your view, which is pretty special.

Here’s a short video showing what it’s like to visit Falling Waters Preserve…

So, grab your walking shoes, and let’s head out to Falling Waters Preserve. It’s a straightforward place to enjoy the outdoors, see some nice views, and maybe take a few photos along the way.

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Falling Waters Preserve Hiking Trail

The Falling Waters Preserve trail includes…

  • A meadow with outstanding views of the Catskills
  • Picturesque waterfalls
  • Multiple wooden benches
  • Rock ledges that slant precipitously into the river
  • River’s edge access to the Hudson River
  • Remains of the Mulford ice house

A full breakdown is provided in the hike notes below, with 12 delightful photos.

Falling Waters Preserve Hike Time

Allow 1-1½ hours for this walk/hike.

Falling Waters Preserve is free to the public and open year-round, sunrise to sunset.

Falling Waters Preserve Elevation gain

The elevation gain for this short hike is less than 200 feet (apx 60 meters).

Wooden park bench
One of many benches at Falling Waters Preserve

Falling Waters Preserve Trail Notes & Gallery

This guide is for anyone who’s up for a relaxed walk in a beautiful setting. The trails here are good for most people – whether you’re looking to clear your head, get a bit of exercise, or just spend some time outside.

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Trailhead Info for this Hike

Large lot on the left as you drive in.

Google Maps Location: 42.048829, -73.940631

The map below shows the exact topographic location of the trailhead

Cell Service

Good throughout. My network is Verizon. YMMV.