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State unveils Kaaterskill Falls improvements

Sep 14, 2017 8:15 am

Anthony Fiducia is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media the state on Wed., Sep. 13, unveiled work done at Kaaterskill Falls to improve safety and accessibility. The $800,000 project, completed under the state's Adventure NY Initiative, took more than six years to finish. Recent additions include an overlook platform and 200-foot cable handrail leading down to the middle pool of the falls. Parts of the trail system were also rehabilitated. In 2016, a 115-foot hiking bridge was installed that spans Spruce Creek and connects the hamlet of Haines Falls to the Escarpment Trail and North/South Lake Campground. And the trail was also extended from the middle pool to the Escarpment trail to link the top and the bottom of the falls, allowing hikers to avoid a potentially dangerous bushwhack between the two locations. “We were advertising to people to come and visit — but there were accidents,” Greene County Administrator Shaun Groden said, referring to recent hiking fatalities and injuries at the falls. “It’s much safer now.” Hunter Town Councilman David Kukle said that the improvements are not completely finished. He said there are plans to improve road safety in the area, add benches on the trails and a shuttle system to bring people to and from the falls. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.

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