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New Meetup: Hike to Vernooy Kill Falls

From: Jeff S
Sent on: Wednesday, October 7, 2009 9:56 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Ulster County Outdoors!

What: Hike to Vernooy Kill Falls

When: October 17,[masked]:00 AM

Vernooy Kill Falls Trailhead
576 Upper Cherrytown Rd
Kerhonkson, NY 12446

I've never taken this hike before, so I'm relying on my guide book and the pictures Randy took when this group did the hike in Summer 2008 - check out the photos - looks gorgeous!

Round-trip distance is 3.6 miles. The hike takes us through forest with quite a variety of trees: white pine; hemlock; chestnut, red and black oak; red, sugar, and striped maple; yellow birch; and mountain laurel. Vernooy Kill Falls is at the end of the hike. The falls drop about 60 feet over Catskill shale ledges in a series of cascades! Some of the ledges impound significant-sized pools. According to the guide book, the Vernooy Kill runs even in severe drought, so we should have a decent amount of water coming down the falls.

What to bring: water and lunch

Directions to trail head:
From US 209 in Kerhonkson, turn North onto Ulster County 3 (Samsonville Rd). Go for 3.5 miles. At the sign for Veritas Villa, bear left onto Lower Cherrytown Rd. Go for 1.4 miles. At the intersection with Cherrytown Rd and Upper Cherrytown Rd, bear right onto Upper Cherrytown. Go 3.1 miles to marked parking on the right.

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