Although I lived in western New York state for over ten years, I did not venture into Catskill. So on the way
back from Adirondack, one day to explore highway 28 and parts of 23A was scheduled. Near the junction of
Hwy 42 to 23A, Hurricane Irene broke bridge and other structures. The creek along 23A was brown like
chocolate. Below is the weather report of Irene:
As of Sunday August 28, 2011 morning, the western edge of Hurricane Irene officially made landfall near
Little Egg Inlet, N.J., continued to march northward right along the Jersey shore. This was the first hurricane
to have made landfall in New Jersey since 1903!
Heavy rains have spread well ahead of Hurricane Irene's circulation center into New England. The threat of
flooding along Irene's path is very high. Strong wind gusts will continue to cause tree damage and power
outages. Coastal areas will be battered with large waves and a destructive storm surge.
With intention to visit the Has falls, the Hudson artists' favorite waterfall, however the detour took the time.
Took Hwy 214 back to 28, and made a side trip to Woodstock, hoping to see the famous Woodstock concert
site. Though a lively town with lots of musicians and artists, Woodstock was not where the concert took place.
What a disappointment, But there is trip report on the visit to Bethel two weeks later:
Catskill offers beautiful landscape similar to Adirondacks, with mountains higher than 4,000 feet great for
skiing, e.g. Hunter and Haines Falls. Beautiful lakes are scattered in the area for all to enjoy.
Hurricane Irene damage corrupted the foundation of a bridge on Hwy 42 near 23 Junction.
Schoharie Creek is next to Hwy 23A, and a good fishing site. Here the parking lot was destroyed by Irene.
Uprooted trees, roots and vines caught by the trees showed how high the water level was. Many of creek and rivers are
still brown six weeks after the storm.
Tannersville was a lumber and tannery town. It is replaced by summer resort activities since mid 19 century. The Paint
Program on Main Street brought notification and publicity to the town.
A few miles East of Tannersville on the south side of 23A there is a parking lot for Kaaterskill Falls. Walk .2 miles east
along 23A, Bastion Fall by the road side can be reached. The 0.5 mile trail to Kaaterskill Falls is from Bastion Falls.
Bastion Falls, to its right is the trail head for Kaaterskill Falls.
Trail head to Kaaterskill Falls
The water of Kaaterskill Falls
comes from North and South
Lake, both have camp sites.
Leaving North and South Lake, going south to 28 through Hwy 214, where we saw more chocolate river.
The train ride attraction is stopped by
the Irene damage.
Woodstock NY is an attractive town. You will see many artists sketching(like the one below on right),
musicians playing and many more walking around with their instruments. For a Wednesday afternoon,
it looked quite festive.
The famous Woodstock Art and Music Festival did not take place in Woodstock, NY.A local
resident kindly told me. "It was in Bethel, 35 mile south west of here." It was late in the afternoon,
and we are schedule to go home. Bethel is the next trip.