The Mountain Top Historical Society is located in the Catskill Mountains along one of New York State’s most beautiful scenic byways.

Our 40-acre campus sits at the top of Kaaterskill Clove, the site of New York State’s second-highest waterfall. The beauty of the clove and waterfall drew artists and writers of the 19th century, launched the Hudson River School of art and continues to draw thousands of visitors every year.

Our campus, including access to the Kaaterskill Rail Trail, is open every day of the year. 

The Visitors’ Center is OPEN for the season when volunteers are available.

Keep the Catskills Beautiful:

Please CARRY OUT what you CARRY IN

Kaaterskill Falls

Kaaterskill Falls can be accessed from the MTHS campus by taking the Kaaterslill Rail Trail, a flat 1.5 mile historic path that begins at the 1913 Ulster & Delaware Train Station and leads you to the top of Kaaterskill Falls. From there, you can access a network of trails that lead to the Escarpment and North-South Lake State Park.

Visitors’ Center

The Visitors’ Center is MTHS’ is headquarters and provides visitor information and exhibits. Open seasonally when volunteers are available. Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering as a greeter at the Visitors’ Center. 

The 1913 Ulster & Delaware Train Station

Built in 1913 at the end of the era when 20 million vacationers visited the Mountain Top. Out of 25 rail stations once found in the county, this is the only restored station. The building cannot be seen from Route 23A. Follow the asphalt road from the Visitor Center parking lot, past the outbuilding and make a right at the intersection of the three roadsThe Railroad Station is open during our public programs and by request. We are happy to accommodate group visits if you call or email ahead. 

The Red Barn

Once used as horse barn, now used seasonally for art shows and exhibits. Located at the rear of the property on the northwest side of the campus, behind a grove of trees. Follow the asphalt road from the Visitor Center parking lot, past the outbuilding and go straight at the intersection of the three roads.

We are located at 5132 Route 23A in Haines Falls.