Vernooy Kill Falls Hike

Cherrytown Road. Kerhonkson, NY

An easy, two-mile hike leads to a series of gentle cascades that offers one of the nicest (and coldest) swimming holes in the area. Bring your bug spray for the hike up to the falls, but once you reach the creek, the bugs will no longer be a bother. The mixed hardwood forest and quiet, contemplative nature of VKF makes this a particularly special place. There is even an established campsite nearby if you want to stay the night. Parking & trail info: Take Route 3 (Samsonville Road) off of Route 209 (1.5 miles north of the junction of 209 and Route 44/55). Go 1.3 miles, and turn left onto Cherrytown Road. Go 3.6 miles to Upper Cherrytown, and follow it for 3.2 miles to a DEC parking lot on the right. From the trailhead, hike steadily uphill for a mile before the trail flattens out for another mile, leading to a bridge with small waterfalls above and below.