On a recent trip towards the Catskills, we decided to stop to explore Saugerties, New York. Falling Waters Preserve is located along the Hudson River, and makes for a nice, short hike.
We used Google Maps to locate the Falling Waters Preserve, and had no trouble finding the parking lot, which holds probably a dozen cars.
There is a nice kiosk at the trailhead, and there were actually trail maps there. I often find that when we go hiking, there are no maps left, and it was nice to have a map with us even for a short hike.
We started on the white trail, which is close to the Hudson River.
The trails are well-marked here, and it is easy to follow as the paths are well-maintained and there are plenty of markers.
There are lots of great views, even from the trail.
At several places along the white trail, we ventured off on little paths that went to the water.
The kids even waded in a little bit. The Hudson River looked beautiful, and we had perfect weather. The green stuff floating on the water? Invasive plants called Chinese Water Chestnut.
There are a lot of Chinese Water Chestnuts in the Hudson River, so be careful as you are walking around, as there are dried ones everywhere. You just want to make sure it doesn’t go through something like a flip flop or even a sneaker. This one actually wasn’t even as sharp as some of the others you can find laying on the ground.
The views of the Hudson are really nice from the preserve.
As we continued on the trail, there were benches along the way.
We reached the waterfall overlook, which has a nice seating area with a pergola.
In early June, the waterfall was flowing well. According to the Scenic Hudson website, the waterfall isn’t always flowing, so it will likely dry up later in the year.
You can either double back on the trail you came in on, or take it as a loop. We did a loop, returning on a trail that is essentially parallel to the one that runs along the Hudson River.
There is a nice statue as we looped back, where the preserve backs up to private property.
We also saw some poison ivy along the trail, so be careful for that along with the Chinese Water Chestnuts.
By taking the Riverside Trail in, and the Upland Trail out, we covered just over 1.5 miles. The trail is mostly flat, with only slightly rolling terrain, and was an easy hike for all of us.
The parking was sufficient at the trail head, and it was nice not to have to worry about parking.
Check out the Falling Waters Preserve at: https://www.scenichudson.org/parks/fallingwaters
Find the trail map here:
Such a beautiful place to visit, it looks amazing
It looks awesome, the views are incredible
What a gorgeous place to hike! I’d love to visit someday!
This is great! I have never heard of the place and mostly just nyc for New York but this was a good mix!
I have never heard of this place before but definitely looks like a great place for a nature retreat! I think my family would love this place.
What a gorgeous place to explore. My kids would love finding a place like this.
Oh wow how beautiful! We LOVE exploring places like this, there’s nothing better than getting outdoors with the children, especially with blue skies like that!
What a fantastic hike! We love hiking as a family. Keeping this in mind when we are in the area!
Thanks for sharing these wonderful photos, I love seeing places I have never been. I love the looks of the chairs and the water chestnuts are pretty neat looking too.
Really good to see states preserve place like this. It has a natural beauty all its own. Fun to visit
New York is one place my daughter visited before she passed away and that I would like to visit as it would allow me to walk in places she visited.
What a beautiful place. We have a similar spot near our house that we love going to.
This would be such a pretty place to hike. I just love the scenery. I could see myself sitting on one of those benches and reading.
Oh Amazingly beautiful place that I want most to see with my family. I am really adventurous person, this is what I want!
This looks like a great place to visit. What a beautiful trail! I love to hike but rarely get the chance to.
What a cool place to explore and hike! I miss the crisp air and beautiful trails of the northeast!
This trail looks beautiful. We used to go hiking a bunch when I was younger. There aren’t any trails around here and in the summer it is too hot too.
It’s place like this that make you appreciate quiet and relaxing time with the family. It’s the perfect summer activity especially since it will the whole family active! It’s so nice to walk around and explore.
I really enjoy going on bird watching treks with my kids. This looks like a great place to do that. Enjoyed scrolling through the pictures you posted.
This is a lovely trail, doesn’t matter if the water in the falls is less. I guess the walk to the falls is in itself a pleasure. The views of the Hudson are lovely and I am sure it must have been a nice experience in the lap of nature.
Wow what a beautiful place to explore! I’ve never been anywhere near New York so I definitely had no idea that you could find something like this there!
We are looking for a day trip and this seems like a perfect choice. So beautiful and peaceful for a hike.
The Catskills are absolutely gorgeous. I haven’t really seen them up close, but my aunt lived near the area, so I’ve caught them from a distance on trips to visit her. I’d love to explore them more!
This really looks like a wonderful place to explore! It would be a great place to go to relax after a busy week at work.
This place looks so, so beautiful! I love that there are so many different areas all contained in one spot (the woods, the water, etc.)
This looks like an amazing place to go hiking. I have a friend who actually lives in the area.
My family and I love to visit places like this. It’s such a great way to spend the day with the family!
Wow, this place looks absolutely beautiful. I am bookmarking this so I can hit up when I visit.
I’ve never been here before so it’s good to know what to expect and what you can do while you’re there! I really like the peaceful surroundings, it’s always a relaxing hike!
That looks like a beautiful place to go hiking with your family! Love all the pictures you shared!
My family and I love nature. This looks like a great place to visit. I would love to go here with my family.
We love to spend time together outdoors and this looks lovely and so peaceful!
The forest is really green and beautiful. Thanks for the beautiful views!