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Please Avoid Platte Clove and Kaaterskill Clove

Please read this important update from the Town of Hunter regarding parking enforcement near Kaaterskill Falls and Fawn’s Leap. Find alternate areas to visit and avoid this area.

http://townofhuntergov.com/kaaterskill-clove-parking-enforcement-update/

Recently, Kaaterskill Clove and Platte Clove have come under heavy scrutiny due to the misuse and abuse in the forms of overcrowding, illegal and unsafe parking, tons of garbage being left behind, and a just blatant disregard for common decency. These areas include Kaaterskill Falls, Bastion Falls, Fawn’s Leap, and Plattekill Falls.

While these areas are beautiful and great to visit, waterfalls like Plattekill Falls aren’t for everyone. Just last year a boy fell hundreds of feet to his death at the Platte Clove. The road is narrow and parking is at a minimum. The drop-offs are deadly.

Unfortunately, there are others who blindly promote these kinds of areas without much, if any, thought or research, and in effect compound the issues and put people at risk. Twice this week we saw two articles promoting areas where numerous accidents have occurred. Not once was there a mention of safety or of the dangers involved. We find that irresponsible.

That said, we are asking that you avoid visiting Plattekill Falls, and give the Kaaterskill Clove a break, too. The area needs a break before being shut down or subjected to a permit system. The crowds and garbage are out of control.

Please find other areas to venture to before we lose these special places as we have lost so many others this year.

Please see our safety article if planning on visiting waterfalls.

Outdoor recreational activities are, by their very nature, potentially hazardous and contain risk. Locations, trails, and waterfalls listed on this site, and conditions, accuracy, and safety, cannot be guaranteed. You are hiking and visiting these locations at your own risk and at your own will.

Dig The Falls would like all site visitors to take the greatest precautions when visiting any location listed herein. Although there are some locations that fall within park systems, there are many more that do not and are considered very dangerous to visit. ALL outdoor locations can be considered dangerous. In visiting this website you are agreeing to release Dig The Falls of any liability from any visitations to any of the locations listed on the website as a whole.

PLEASE NOTE: All properties should be considered posted and/or private property unless you have specific knowledge otherwise. Access to any waterfall or natural area of any category is a privilege and can be revoked at any time for any reason. Respect landowner rights, speak out should you witness anyone doing otherwise and educate everyone willing to listen about good environmental stewardship and the Leave No Trace (LNT) ideology. Please use our New York State Waterfall Map responsibly.

 

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