- Associated Press - Friday, May 8, 2015

HAINES FALLS, N.Y. (AP) - 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 Catskills waterfall.

The changes are proposed for the Kaaterskill Falls, a two-drop 260-foot cascade in the eastern Catskill Mountains near the Green County hamlet of Haines Falls. 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.

This summer, DEC will construct a bridge over Spruce Creek and an observation deck at the top of the falls and hire a seasonal steward to interact with visitors at the falls.

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Online: https://on.ny.gov/1DV3cNv


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