October 13 2015
Written By
Paul Jaworski
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You Need To See The 30 Best Waterfalls In America

Every nature lover appreciates a good waterfall.

1. Wahclella Falls, Oregon

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Wahclella Falls is a classic of the Columbia Gorge in the Pacific Northwest. This is a a great family friendly hike and it has so much beauty during any season.

2. Upper Mesa Falls, Idaho

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Mesa Falls is a pair of large waterfalls on the Henry's Fork of the Snake River, along the Mesa Falls Scenic Byway between Ashton, Idaho and Harriman State Park in the Targhee National Forest.

3. Horseshoe Falls, New York

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The Horseshoe Falls, also known as the Canadian Falls, as most of it lies in Canada, is part of Niagara Falls, on the Niagara River. It is located between Terrapin Point on Goat Island in the US state of New York.

4. Arethusa Falls, New Hampshire


Hike to Arethusa Falls in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The tallest waterfall in the state.

5. Opaekaa Falls, Kauai

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Opaekaa Falls on Kauai is one of the island's best known and main waterfalls, a must-see when traveling the Hawaiian Islands.

6. Turner Falls, Oklahoma

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Turner Falls is Oklahoma's tallest waterfall, dropping 77 feet into a natural swimming pool. Located in the Arbuckle Mountains, which are among the oldest mountains on Earth.

7. Lower Falls of Yellowstone River, Wyoming

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Yellowstone Falls consist of two major waterfalls on the Yellowstone River, within Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. As the Yellowstone river flows north from Yellowstone Lake, it leaves the Hayden Valley and plunges first over Upper Yellowstone Falls

8. Nevada Falls, California

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Nevada Falls is a 594-foot waterfall on the Merced River in Yosemite National Park, California. This waterfall is widely recognized by its "bent" shape, in which the water free-falls for roughly the first third of its length to a steep slick-rock slope.

9.  Jump Creek Falls, Idaho

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A 60 foot waterfall about 1/4 mile from the trailhead in Jump Creek Canyon, Owyhee County, Idaho. An easy 10 minute hike in.

10. Rainbow Falls, Hawaii


Rainbow Falls is one of the Big Island's most popular and spectacular waterfalls. Cascading 80 feet down and over an ancient Hawaiian cave

11. Undine Falls, Wyoming

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  12. Akaka Falls, Hawaii


There is a reason that Akaka Falls rates as the most visited tourist sites on the island of Hawaii. Simply put, the 420 foot, free falling plunge of clear water down a fern festooned cliff is an amazing and beautiful site. 

13. Proxy Falls, Oregon

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Proxy Falls in the Cascades near the McKenzie River are perhaps some of the most photogenic falls in the United States. This is not only my favorite waterfall in the state of Oregon, but one of my favorite places on this entire planet.


14. Three Bear Falls, Maui


A half-mile beyond mile marker 19 on the Hana Highway you will encounter this 70 foot cascading waterfall. Park alongside the highway, cross the bridge, and hike down to get up close and personal depending on rainfall.

15. Cataract falls, California

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The 1.6 miles from the trailhead to Laurel Dell offers waterfalls, redwood forest and the occasional wildflower. Definitely the most relaxing hike in Northern California.

16. South Falls Creek, Washington


This is an absolute juggernaut of a waterfall. Yet, somehow it has a very generic name.

 17. Hiilawe Falls, Hawaii

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Hiilawe Falls, one of the tallest and most powerful falls in Hawaii. It's located in the Waipio, the most sacred valley on the Big Island.

 18. Shoshone Falls, Idaho


A waterfall on the Snake River located approximately five miles east of Twin Falls, Idaho. Sometimes called the "Niagara of the West," Shoshone Falls is 212 feet high, higher than Niagara Falls and flows over a rim 1,000 feet wide. Just breathtaking.

 19. Kaluahine Falls, Hawaii


Kaluahine Falls is located at the eastern end of Waipio Valley next to a black sand beach and two waterfalls flowing into the ocean. It can't get any more relaxing than this. 

20. Latourell Falls, Oregon


Latourell Falls is the closest waterfall hike to Portland, Oregon. Located off I-84 on the Historic Columbia River Highway.

21. Ramona Falls, Oregon


Popular for a reason, this is one of Mt. Hood’s most majestic falls, and will surely satisfy. The falls is estimated to be 120 feet tall. The hike is seven miles round trip, crossing the Sandy River.

22. Makapipi Falls, Maui


My favorite waterfall on the road to Hana, the sight and sound will make every feeling captivating.

23.  Looking Glass Falls, North Carolina

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The Looking Glass Waterfall near Brevard, North Carolina is perhaps the most photographed waterfall in the Southeast U.S. because of its convenience.

24. Yosemite Falls, California


Yosemite Falls is 7th highest waterfall in the world and the highest waterfall in North America.

25. Waimoku Falls, Maui

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Waimoku Falls off the Pipiwai Trail in the Kipahulu region of Haleakala National Park. I estimate the falls are probably between 400 and 500 feet high.

26. Burney Falls, California 


This Spectacular 129-foot waterfall in Northern California pumps 100 gallons of water per day from spring-fed flows from lava tubes of Burney Creek.

27. Havasu Falls, Arizona

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The most colorful waterfall in Arizona and the United States. A true bucket-list, must-see wonder of the world.

28. Alamere Falls, California


Alamere Falls is in Marin County, California. These are a rare "tidefall", a waterfall that flows directly into the ocean. It is one of only two in the area, the other being McWay Falls.

29. Berry Creek Falls, California 


Located deep within Big Basin Redwoods State Park, a 2.5 mile hike into this falls is just spectacular, with lush greenery and flowing rivers along the way to Berry Creek Falls.

30. Oneonta Falls, Oregon 

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Oneonta Falls is one of the most unique hikes in Oregon. The trail is a 1.2 mile out and back trail located near Bridal Veil, you will have to go through waist deep cold water to get to the falls or risk climbing around the rocks.


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