Watch the Water Fall: Dutchess County's Waterfalls
Spring means melting snow, and that means rushing waterfalls! Looking for a great view, the perfect photo op, or a picturesque place to hike? Go chase these waterfalls located in various spots across Dutchess County.
Dover Stone Church
This natural preserve, located in Dover Plains, was a Native American hideout in the 17th Century and is now a popular hiking destination. Named after the rock formation’s shape of a church cathedral window, this location offers a short, moderate hike. The Stone Church Brook travels in and out of the cave and, because of the rock’s formation, creates a cascading waterfall in the interior. You can follow the trail right into the cavern.
Fishkill Creek at the Roundhouse
Enjoy a relaxing walk along the second longest stream in Dutchess County. Various trails in the area allow you to experience the beauty of Fishkill Creek. The end of the creek leads to the falls located outside of The Roundhouse in Beacon, a boutique hotel and restaurant. These falls were featured in the opening credits of the 1994 film “Nobody’s Fool.” You can also enjoy a great view of the falls while enjoying a meal or stay at The Roundhouse.
Photo by Chellise Michael Photography
Madam Brett Park
Another great place to get a view of the waterfalls along Fishkill Creek is Madam Brett Park. If you take the east path from the parking lot, you’ll find a short, easy-to-follow gravel path leading to Tioronda Falls, with Mt. Beacon as a backdrop. After taking in the view, take the trail to the parking lot and continue to the west white-blazed trail. This lead to the boardwalk between the Fishkill Creek and Tioronda Hat Works, where you can get a glimpse of the historical Tioronda Bridge. https://www.scenichudson.org/parks/madambrettpark
Located in Annandale-On-Hudson, Zabriskie’s Waterfall is a short distance from Bard College. A small path will lead you directly to the falls where there are recreational activities to participate in. On a warm day, people can enjoy an ice-cold dip in the creek. There are also picnic tables in the shade where a lunch or snack can be enjoyed. The waterfall is a part of the Sawkill River where there are other locations to enjoy rafting or swimming.