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Unlike other mountaintop locations, the Hunter hamlet of Haines Falls NY has always been a resort area. It’s the little place just east of Tannersville and Hunter villages, the first place you hit when you reach the top of Route 23A coming northwest out of Palenville and the 7,620-acre Kaaterskill Wild Forest. If in fact you have come that way, you’ve passed the exquisite swimming at Fawns Leap and Rats Hole Park. This densely forested mountain area is full of streams, waterfalls and beautiful swimming holes, not all of them private.
The hamlet of Haines Falls NY was named after a waterfall (also called Angel Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and Spray Falls), but it’s inaccessible, on private property in Twilight Park, a historic district of summer cottages. The large wooden "cottages" in Twilight Park were built in 1887 for a group of “businessmen, governors, authors, clergymen, artists, clerks, newsmen, and labor unionists.” It’s still a private community, but you can buy a home there and become a member. Another private enclave, Elka Park, is just south of Haines Falls; 17 of the original 21 homes built between 1890 and 1896 remain, along with two built in 1997.
You can get to Elka Park by the notorious Platte Clove Road, officially open only April 15 through November 1, as it’s not maintained in the winter. One trip and you’ll see why: The road is extremely steep, narrow and windy, in between a cliff and a chasm. If you’re intrepid, there are several hiking trails off this road with spectacular views as your reward, including the Huckleberry Point Trailhead, Codfish Point Trail and Devil’s Path Trail.
You might stop at Platte Clove Preserve on your way up Platte Clove Road. Platte Clove Preserve is the site of artists’ residencies each summer, with the chosen artist given a little cabin by a 60-foot waterfall for a week of creativity in the woods. This program, sponsored by the Catskill Center, is only one of the many the Center has embarked upon since first organizing in 1969 to advocate for equitable resources for the Catskills region. So far, they’ve led efforts to protect more than 700,000 acres of the Catskill Park and Catskill Forest Preserve.
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Your overflow house-guests can play ping-pong & listen to records at the Twilight Lodge! After house-hunting all day stay overnight at the Sun View or the Mansion House at Alfie’s!
If you’re in Haines Falls you must go to Kaaterskill Wild Forest to see Kaaterskill Falls, a natural landmark that brought all the artists to paint in the Catskills in the first place!
Are you ready for a voice class with Carmela Altamura?! Register early for the Orpheum Dance Program! Historic pianos & musical artifacts are on view at the Piano Performance Museum!
Fromer Market Garden sells raw honey & sometimes shows films in their barn! Down the mountain at Story Farms is a big selection of produce all through the season… & fall pumpkins!
Breakfast Wrap & a Cup of Coffee at Selena’s Diner! Fried Japanese Eggplant at Jessie’s Harvest House! Chiles Rellenos with guacamole, rice & refried beans at Pancho Villa!
At Thairapy Salon keep in touch with the latest in color! Get your workout routine underway at Accountable Fitness! Enjoy one of the many facials on the menu at the Windham Spa!
Support a local artisan at Creekside Adornings! Browse Barbara’s Art, Antiques & Collectibles! Spend time with the unique collections at Circle W Market! Get gear at Snowbird Ski Shop!
“Experienced adventurers” are encouraged to hike Indian Head Mountain, Twin Mountain, Plateau Mountain via Devil's Path! Hunter Mountain is good for summer & winter fun & excitement!
There's so much to do in Haines Falls, NY - it can be hard to decide! Contact one of our Local Experts at Village Green Realty. We'd love to give you our recommendation on the best things to do in Haines Falls.
Once you’ve reached Haines Falls, the Mountain Top Historical Society is not only a great resource for entertainment, workshops and talks, but it’s also where you start for the Kaaterskill Rail Trail. The trail was converted from an Ulster & Delaware rail bed, so it’s 1.5 miles of perfectly straight, relatively flat trail and an easy walk, beginning behind the historic 1913 Haines Falls Railroad Station. You end up at the legendary two-plumed Kaaterskill Falls and from there trek on towards Inspiration Point. If you can avoid it, don’t do this on the weekend, because of the crowds… unless you like doing things in crowds!
After all that activity it’s time for something to drink and a meal at Selena & Nick’s Diner, a Haines FallsNY landmark since 2000, serving a combination diner/Italian menu of great length from early morning through dinnertime. Other than that, you’ll have to drive a short way to Hunter or Tannersville, where you’ll have your choice of several good places at any given hour of the day: Moules or Steak Frites Fridays at Chateau Belleview; three meals a day with mountain views from Prospect at Scribner’s Catskill Lodge; and build-your-own egg sandwiches, terrific salads, lovely baked goods and flowers at Fellow Mountain Café. For fresh brewed beer at its source, check out the Hunter Mountain Brewery; try their Becker Hollow brown ale, Cookie Man gingerbread beer and Double Diamond stout, plus three kinds of mac’n’cheese and other goodies on the food menu. In nice weather their deck is a fantastic place to be, what with the mountain range to the south occupying the enter east-west skyline.
Haines Falls NY has a post office and the Twilight General Store; but the supermarket, a 24/7 laundromat, a groomer and the library are in Tannersville—and Lake Rip Van Winkle, don’t miss that!—and the dump is in Hunter. All that’s just a few minutes away… as is downhill skiing and snowboarding at Hunter and Windham, cross-country skiing at Mountain Trails in Tannersville and camping at Devil’s Tombstone and North-South Lake.
Pure Catskills is a great website packed with information on places to see, where to stay, farmers’ and artisans’ markets, all kinds of Catskills people, places and things. One of the local sites is the beautiful Gothic Revival All Souls Church, just north of Tannersville at the intersection of county routes 23C and 25. Built of local stone in 1894, it’s a summer favorite for weddings and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Haines Falls real estate can give you what you want in a Haines Falls NY home. There are lovely wooden two-story 19th- and 20th-century houses, or you can buy a chunk of Haines Falls woodland real estate and build your own Haines Falls NY home of your dreams.
You might like a two-bedroom, one-bath cozy Haines Falls home for sale on .3 acres of Haines Falls real estate; built in 1900, it’s less than 1,000 square feet and ready for a total refurb to become the perfect Haines Falls NY home. For something a bit larger, there's a four-bedroom, one-bath, 1,400-square-foot wooden 1920 Haines Falls house for sale in the woods; it has a stone fireplace in the living room, a walk-up attic, a front covered porch and a back covered deck overlooking the picturesque Haines Falls scenery, and it’s just down the road from the state park for boating, fishing, swimming and all those great outdoor Haines Falls NY recreational activities.
Whatever your taste in Haines Falls real estate, no matter what kind of Haines Falls home for sale you have in mind, a Coldwell Banker Village Green Realty agent can bring you to your Haines Falls goal!
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