Bastion Falls is a beautiful waterfall located within Kaaterskill Clove at the horseshoe curve along Route 23A. The falls, which mark the beginning of the lower hiking trail to Kaaterskill Falls, has multiple tiers ranging in height from eight to thirty feet and numerous other smaller cascades.
Samuel Rusk, in his 1879 book Rusk’s Illustrated Guide to the Catskills, described Bastion Falls: “These Falls make a very pleasing picture, and a view of them will convey the idea that the name is derived from the bastions of rock which partially divide the stream as it breaks over the edge of the precipice.”
Roland Van Zandt, in his book The Catskill Mountain House, declared with similar high praise that “the falls themselves are a most impressive sight and confirm the appropriateness of their name by tumbling down great battlements of high rocky ledges and then plunging, directly under the highway, into a deep chasm.”
After the falls, Spruce Creek joins Kaaterskill Creek for its trip down Kaaterskill Clove, ultimately finding its way to the Hudson River and beyond.