Many say it's the most beautiful spot in the Minnewaska Preserve, but the Stony Kill Falls area is closed for the entire summer.

 

It just closed this past weekend and a new trail is being constructed to help hikers stay safe and to preserve the terrain. Up until now, people would hike wherever they wanted to and these multiple paths were causing erosion. According to the Poughkeepsie Journal, a new trail will make getting to the popular hiking spot much easier.

Park officials announced the Stony Kill area will remain closed seven days a week during construction of the trail, which will include two footbridges and multiple stone steps.

The new trail will cost over $340,000 to build, but it will provide one sturdy route up to the top of Stony Kill Falls. It is hoped that this will be finished by late fall, which is a bummer. Authorities may open limited access to the falls earlier than fall, if the project is progressing the way they want it to.

I haven't seen anything about limiting access to the edge of the waterfall. People do walk out to there and this is dangerous. Kaaterskill Falls off of Route 23A has been the scene of a number of tragic deaths from hikers slipping on the wet rock and going off the edge. There are signs and fencing prohibiting people from going out there, but some still do it anyway.

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