Greene County officials step up enforcement around Kaaterskill Falls, urge travelers to visit other waterfalls

Daily Freeman-5 months before

In a press release this week, Greene County officials said thousands of day-trippers make their way throughout the summer to secluded locations along the Kaaterskill Creek in the town of Hunter, often obstructing traffic along state Route 23A and leaving significant amounts of trash behind. These activities spoil the natural beauty of the area and produce significant concerns for public safety, the release said. 

In response, Greene County has launched new initiatives to reduce the overcrowding, parking, and safety issues long the Route 23A corridor, the release said. This includ...s updates to Kaaterskill Falls, Fawn's Leap, and hiking webpages to include information about overcrowding, safety, and parking regulations, the release said. The pages will continually be updated as new information becomes available, according to the release. 

Kaaterskill Falls Fawn's Leap The county will also push users to a new waterfalls information webpage suggesting alternative hikes and again offering notes about parking, safety, and overcrowding issues, the release said. That webpage is available at https://bit.ly/3a2xibu.

waterfalls Additionally, the county will run ads on Google to warn travelers of overcrowding, safety, and illegal parking, according to the release.

In terms of illegal parking, stepped-up enforcement will begin this weekend. The town of Hunter will be operating a vehicle impound lot located at Town Hall, 5748 Route 23A in the hamlet of Tannersville. The impound lot will be in operation every weekend until the illegal parking is "dramatically curtailed," according to the release. 

Any illegally parked vehicle will be ticketed and then towed to the impound lot, which will be manned until 9 p.m. by a town police officer. A vehicle owner will only be able to retrieve their vehicle once they have paid the towing and impound fees in full, via credit card or cash, the release said. Any vehicle not picked up by 9 p.m. will be towed to the impound lot of the responding tow operator and will incur additional fees, according to the release.

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