Top 10 Trail Hikes with Waterfalls in New York and New Jersey

These hiking trails in New York and New Jersey feature some of the area’s most beautiful waterfalls.

Whether for their sparkling icicles, springtime swell, or cool summer spray, brooks, kills, and falls are popular hiking trail destinations year-round. No matter your experience level, there are breathtaking water features to enjoy on the following trails.



Buttermilk Falls, Rockland County
An easy hiking trail to scenic Buttermilk Falls as well as several panoramic viewpoints.

Kennedy Dells County Park Loop, Rockland County
You don't have to hike far to see Crum Creek tumble over its stone dam.

Ramapo Torne/Raccoon Brook Hills Trail Loop, Rockland County
This 6.5-mile hike summits the Ramapo Torne before returning along the scenic casades of Stony Brook.

Ice Caves and Verkeerderkill Falls, Ulster County
This long hiking trail has plenty of big payoffs, one of which is the highest waterfall in the Shawangunks. 

Dickie Barre, Peters Kill and Awosting Falls Loop, Ulster County
A strenuous hike past the Coxing Kill, Peters Kill, and spectacular Awosting Falls.


Hemlock Falls. Photo by Dan Balogh.


Rockleigh Woods Sanctuary and Lamont Reserve Loop, Bergen County
An easy hike on the Roaring Ravine Trail alongside the cascading Roaring Brook.

Falling Waters and Grand Loop Trails, Morris County
True to its name, the Falling Waters Trail runs alongside two beautiful cascades.

South Mountain Reservation, Essex County
Pass the Maple Falls Cascade, Beech Brook Cascade, and Hemlock Falls.

Black River/Bamboo Brook Trail Loop, Morris County                                          Follow the Black River as it grows from placid to wild.

Giant Stairs/Long Path Loop, Bergen County
This strenuous favorite hike passes the Peanut Leap Cascade and fantastic views.