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Plattekill Falls

Plattekill Falls on the Plattekill Creek in Platte Clove in the Catskill Mountains





Information about Plattekill Falls:

Name: Plattekill Falls
County: Greene
Region: Platte Clove / Devil's Kitchen
Location: Plattekill Creek
Order within ravine: 2th of 18 waterfalls (1=highest elevation)
Order within waterfall: 1 of 1 (1=highest elevation)
Total Height: 61' (GPS inf 2010)
Top Elevation: 1,802
Bottom Elevation: 1,741
Type of Waterfall: plunge
Number of Drops: 1
GPS location: N42 07.944 W74 05.124
WGS84 location: 42.1324, -74.0854
Deg, Min, Sec location: N42 07 56, W74 05 07
UTM location: 18N 575588, 4664881
Named: 1800's
Previous or Alternate Names: none known
Description: Plattekill Falls. These waterfalls are located on Catskill Center property. You can visit these falls by taking the trail by the Little Red House. You actually walk down the driveway for the Little Red House. Then stay left. The trail is about 1/4 mile long. Please stay on the trail. Do NOT go near the edge to Hell's Hole. It is very dangerous.
Hiking Distance: 1/4 mile from Platte Clove Road (by the Little Red House).
Elevation Loss: 105' from Rt 16 (Platte Clove Road) Parking lot on side of road.
Map No: VO: N/A - TC: Map #141 - NG: N/A - USGS: Kaaterskill Quad
Digital Mapper: Topo Terrain Satellite
Access Methods: Hike
Dangers: Do not try to get down to the very top of Plattekill Falls. It is slippery. It requires a rope and harness.
Dangers: Do NOT leave the trail down to the bottom of Plattekill Falls. Many people have fallen off the edge into Hell's Hole. The danger is not obvious, so it is best to stay far away from the edge. Many hope to get a view over Devils Kitchen. But, you cannot get a view from the top of the clove.



Maps

map of Platte Clove




Directions to Trail Head from New York State Thruway (Easist, not the shortest):

  • GPS Coordinates to Parking Lot on Rt 16: N42 07.997 W74 05.151 (WGS84: 42.133283, -74.08585) - Elevation is approximately 1,846 feet
  • Take New York State Thruway to Exit 21 (Catskill).
  • Take a left out of the NYS Thruway entrance road.
  • Go approximately 3/4 mile
  • Take a right onto Route 23 West
  • Go approximately 6.6 miles to Cairo, NY
  • Take a LEFT onto Rt 32. McDonalds Rest. on corner.
  • Go approximately 7.7 miles on Rt 32
  • Take a RIGHT onto Rt 23A
  • Go approximately 9.0 miles on Rt 23A .
  • Go approximately 5 miles on Rt 16 (Platte Clove Road) .
  • When you come into Tannersville, take LEFT at the red light onto RailRoad Ave (Rt 16), which will turn into Spruce Street, which will turn into Platt Clove Road. Follow this road approximately 5 miles
  • The parking lot is on the RIGHT side of the road. You will actually be parking on the side of the road
  • It is approximately 1/4 mile past Josh Road (on right side of the road). N42 07.997 W74 05.151 (WGS84: 42.133283, -74.08585) - Elevation 1,846'
  • If you start to go down the hill to the valley, then you have gone too far. The downhill section of the road is closed in the winter.



  • Comments about this Hike

    Plattekill Falls is located very close to the top of Platte Clove. It is the second waterfall of many waterfalls in the Platte Clove. It is located about 200' south of the King Post Bridge that is part of the Old Overlook Mountain Carriage Road. It gets it's name from the name of the creek, Plattekill Creek.


    Pictures of Plattekill Falls



    Old Mill Falls in Platte Clove in the catskill mountains
    Plattekill Falls at Moderate water
    Photo by Catskill Mountaineer




    Old Mill Falls in Platte Clove in the catskill mountains
    Plattekill Falls at High water
    Photo by Catskill Mountaineer




    Old Mill Falls in Platte Clove in the catskill mountains
    Plattekill Falls at low water
    Photo by Catskill Mountaineer




    Old Mill Falls in Platte Clove in the catskill mountains
    Plattekill Falls at moderate water
    Photo by Catskill Mountaineer




    Old Mill Falls in Platte Clove in the catskill mountains
    Plattekill Falls at low water in the Fall
    Photo by Catskill Mountaineer
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