The DEC is currently working to improve public safety at Kaaterskill Falls after several deaths in recent years. They ask that you avoid going to the Falls entirely this summer.
The Laurel House Road Trail and parking area will be closed for the remainder of the summer and fall. You can still access the falls from 23A however the trail past the wooden fence is closed, anyone found either past the fence or on the Laurel House road side will be ticketed by the DEC.
This is to allow the DEC to build new stairs and other improvements that will make Kaaterskill Falls a safer and more enjoyable experience for all. Please give the DEC and contractors the space they need for yours and their safety. Work should be completed by the end of the work season, keep checking the trail update page for the latest information.
More details on the work and the closures can be found here: http://www.dec.ny.gov/press/102427.html
Our friends at the Watershed Post have compiled a list of other great places to visit —
And we have our own list of 20 Favorite Hikes as well as a more complete list of Outdoor Activities by Catskill Region — Hiking, Cycling, etc.