Top 100 WATERFALLS in THE UNITED STATES



We are proud to present what we believe to be the best 100 waterfalls in the United States! This list is directly based upon our own personal visits and years of research. Each of these waterfalls is widely regarded to be one of most impressive waterfalls in America.

The list below is organized alphabetically by state (it is *not* sorted by rank). It is too hard for us to classify which ones are our absolute favorites because they are all so beautiful and each has its own distinct personality. Rest assured that each and every one of these waterfalls is absolutely outstanding and worthy of your time.

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DESOTO FALLS
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Alabama DeSoto State Park Short Walk with its 100-foot plunge, this is likely to be Alabama's tallest falls; there are also other waterfalls within this state park, so make sure to examine a park map and plan your hike carefully before visiting

DeSoto Falls, Alabama
(photo credit: Joshua Craig)
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LITTLE RIVER FALLS
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Alabama DeSoto State Park Roadside / Short Walk this is likely to be Alabama's most powerful falls; 60-foot block; other waterfalls exist in this state park; this is a popular swimming hole

Little River Falls, Alabama
(photo credit: Joshua Craig)
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NOCCALULA FALLS
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Alabama Noccalulu Falls State Park Roadside / Short Walk this is likely to be Alabama's most popular waterfall; 95-foot plunge in an open, park-like setting

Noccolula Falls, Alabama
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NORTHLAND FALLS
STATE PARK ACCESS OVERVIEW
Alaska unknown Boat viewing this waterfall requires charting a boat or taking a boat tour or cruise; the water falls hundreds of feet off a massive glacier

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DEER CREEK FALLS
STATE PARK ACCESS OVERVIEW
Arizona Grand Canyon National Park Backpacking Trip reaching this falls requires a very difficult backpack in the Grand Canyon (do not underestimate the level of difficulty needed to each this); you'll find this 100-foot tall waterfall in a gorgeous desert-oasis; some whitewater rafting groups will take some time off of the river and hike up to the falls and it's beautiful swimming hole

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HAVASU FALLS
STATE PARK ACCESS OVERVIEW
Arizona Havasupai owned land Backpacking Trip this is undeniably one of the most beautiful waterfalls & swimming hole in the world; traveling here requires advance permits and either a (a) 10-mile hike (each way) or (b) a helicopter ride; you'll find campsites just downstream of the falls (permits & reservations required); combined with Mooney Falls, these waterfalls offer one of the world's premier swimming hole destinations, if not the absolute very best

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MOONEY FALLS
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Arizona Havasupai owned land Backpacking Trip Mooney Fall is located downstream from the amazing Havasu Falls; requires advance permits and either a (a) 10.5-mile hike (each way) or (b) a helicopter ride; there are campsites just upstream of the falls between Mooney Falls and Havasu Falls (permits & reservations required); combined with Havasu Falls, these waterfalls offer one of the world's premier swimming hole destinations, if not the absolute very best

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CEDAR FALLS
STATE PARK ACCESS OVERVIEW
Arkansas Petit Jean State Park Roadside / Hiking Trail "one of the most photographed, powerful and beautiful waterfalls in AR" per one author; roadside overlook or short hike to base; this is perhaps the best-known falls in Arkansas (and in one of the finest state parks in the region)

Cedar Falls, Arkansas
(photo credit: Sara Nichole Newcomb)
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TWIN FALLS ('TRIPLE FALLS')
STATE PARK ACCESS OVERVIEW
Arkansas Boy Scouts of America
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Short Walk sometimes called "Triple Falls" since in high water flow often three plunges will often appear instead of two; "one of the most scenic and easiest waterfalls to get to (in Arkansas)" per one author

Twin Falls, Arkansas
(photo credit: Matthew Vierling)
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Arkansas Waterfalls

ALAMERE FALLS
STATE PARK ACCESS OVERVIEW
California Point Reyes National Seashore Hiking Trail 40-foot tall waterfall lands right on a sandy beach; one of only two such "tide falls" in California (the other is McWay Falls)

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Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California
California Waterfalls

BRIDALVEIL FALLS
STATE PARK ACCESS OVERVIEW
California Yosemite National Park Roadside / Short Walk one of Yosemite's tallest and best waterfalls at 620 feet tall; this very popular attraction in Yosemite Valley; arrive early in the AM (before 8am or 9am) to snag one of the extremely limited parking spots; if you live in the area, check out this waterfall in the month of February when lighting can sometimes make the falls look like they are on fire

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BURNEY FALLS
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California McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial SP Hiking Trail a wall of streaming water, some of which appears to leak out of the side of the earth; a very unique and impressive 129-foot tall falls

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California Waterfalls

FEATHER FALLS
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California Plumas National Forest Hiking Trail one of the tallest waterfalls in California (about 650 feet tall); consistently rated a "10" by guidebook authors

Feather Falls, California
(photo credit: Leslie Phillips)
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ILLILOUETTE FALL
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California Yosemite National Park Hiking Trail an excellent waterfall with views along the way to the falls; partially obstructed view of falls from trail, but it's still one of Yosemite's best falls

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California Waterfalls

MCWAY FALLS
STATE PARK ACCESS OVERVIEW
California Julia Pfiefer Burns State Park Short Walk not the most impressive of waterfalls since it is so slender and has weak flow, but it is located in one of the most gorgeous coastal settings in the world

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NEVADA FALL
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California Yosemite National Park Hiking Trail one of the most gorgeous waterfalls in the country; close to Vernal Fall; this falls can be seen on a challenging hike trip to Half Dome by taking the Mist Trail from the Happy Isles trailhead

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RAINBOW FALLS
STATE PARK ACCESS OVERVIEW
California Devil's Postpile National Monument Hiking Trail access to this beautiful waterfall is via the east side of the Sierras; you'll often find a beautiful rainbow glowing across the 101ft plunge; there are several other hikes offered in the national monument, including trails that visit the "Postpile" (a fascinating example of columnar basalt)

Rainbow Falls, California
(photo credit: Christy Hibsch)
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VERNAL FALL
STATE PARK ACCESS OVERVIEW
California Devil's Postpile National Monument Hiking Trail one of the most gorgeous waterfalls in the country; close to Nevada Fall; can be seen on a moderate day hike loop or as part of a a challenging hike trip to Half Dome; take the Mist Trail from the Happy Isles trailhead

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YOSEMITE FALLS
STATE PARK ACCESS OVERVIEW
California Yosemite National Park Roadside / Hiking Trail probably the most famous waterfall in the USA and one of the tallest waterfalls in North America; its height is a staggering 2,425 feet; the best water flow is from May to June, but this waterfall can have some flow throughout summer in good snow/rain years; a nice national park lodge exists near the base of the falls; a hiking trail leads to the top of the falls (be careful not to slip over the edge like many have unfortunately experienced!)

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BRIDAL VEIL FALLS
STATE PARK ACCESS OVERVIEW
Colorado Uncompahgre National Forest Roadside / Short Walk this waterfall, located in the Telluride area, is one of the state's highest waterfall at over 350 feet; at least one house is directly adjacent to the top of the falls, so the falls are not as wild as they once were

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NORTH CLEAR CREEK FALLS
STATE PARK ACCESS OVERVIEW
Colorado Rio Grande National Forest Roadside / Short Walk 100-foot tall powerful horsetail in a fully exposed setting; probably Colorado's most scenic waterfall

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KENT FALLS
STATE PARK ACCESS OVERVIEW
Connecticut Kent Falls State Park Roadside / Short Walk several tiers of waterfalls make this the tallest waterfall in CT; great picnic/family spot with huge grassy lawns at the base of the falls; a short but steep hiking trail visits the equally scenic upper falls; just a warning: the parking fee is a bit steep for non-Connecticut residents (shame on the state of Connecticut)

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New England Waterfalls
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AMICALOLA FALLS
STATE PARK ACCESS OVERVIEW
Georgia Amicalola Falls State Park Roadside / Short Walk one of the tallest waterfalls on the East Coast; its height varies based on the source you are reading, but the falls are likely to be in excess of 600-feet tall

Amicalola Falls, Georgia
(photo credit: Tom Moore)
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TOCCOA FALLS
STATE PARK ACCESS OVERVIEW
Georgia Toccoa Falls College Short Walk 186-foot tall gorgeous plunge that is located on the actual college campus; be aware that there is a bit of a flooding risk here

Toccoa Falls, Georgia
(photo credit: Tom Moore)
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AKAKA FALLS
STATE PARK ACCESS OVERVIEW
Hawaii Akaka Falls State Park Short Walk located on Big Island; may be the state's tallest plunge at 442ft; one of Hawaii's best waterfalls

Akaka Falls, Hawaii
(photo credit: Amy Demelia)
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MOAULA FALLS
STATE PARK ACCESS OVERVIEW
Hawaii privately owned Hiking Trail located on Molokai Island; 250 feet tall; requires permission to enter land; hiring a guide is recommended as trails are not maintained well; a phenomenal swimming hole

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OPAEKAA FALLS
STATE PARK ACCESS OVERVIEW
Hawaii Wailuku River State Park Roadside / Short Walk located on Big Island; 151-foot segmented horsetails; flows over basalt; 40-feet wide; access is no longer allowed to the swimming hole, which was a popular spot in the past

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RAINBOW FALLS
STATE PARK ACCESS OVERVIEW
Hawaii Wailuku River State Park Short Walk located on Big Island; surrounded by tropical foliage; 80-foot plunge

Rainbow Falls, Hawaii
(photo credit: Amy Demelia)
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WAILUA FALLS
STATE PARK ACCESS OVERVIEW
Hawaii Wailuku River State Park Short Walk located on Kauai Island; segmented powerful falls; one of the state's most popular; 200ft tall

Wailua Falls, Hawaii
(photo credit: Kathleen Griffin)
 

WAIMOKU FALLS
STATE PARK ACCESS OVERVIEW
Hawaii Haleakala National Park Hiking Trail located on Maui Island; 400-foot tall thin horsetail; fantastic photographs from the base of the falls

Waimoku Falls, Hawaii
(photo credit: Jason Underwood)
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FALL CREEK FALLS
STATE PARK ACCESS OVERVIEW
Idaho unknown Short Walk scenic exposed waterfall that lands in the Snake River; enjoys a wide-open and panoramic location; 60-foot fanning waterfall

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PERRINE COULEE FALLS
STATE PARK ACCESS OVERVIEW
Idaho unknown Short Walk nearly 200-foot tall plunge; access via US-93; don't miss nearby Shoshone Falls

Perrine Coulee Falls, Idaho
(photo credit: Tom Moore)
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SHOSHONE FALLS
STATE PARK ACCESS OVERVIEW
Idaho Shoshone Falls Park Roadside / Short Walk 212-foot tall, 1000-foot wide massive waterfall; one of the most powerful waterfalls in the country; other good waterfalls are nearby as well; bring a picnic to enjoy the small park that is found here (across from the parking lot & viewing platforms); don't miss nearby Perrine Coulee Falls

Shoshone Falls, Idaho
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UPPER MESA FALLS
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Idaho Targhee National Forest Short Walk beautiful 114-foot tall block-style waterfall; also known as "Big Falls"; 300ft wide; this waterfall is only an hour southwest of the west entrance of Yellowstone National Park; a strong & colorful rainbow often spans the gorge that the falls dump into

Upper Mesa Falls, Idaho
(photo credit: Ben Prepelka, www.scenicusa.net)
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CUMBERLAND FALLS
STATE PARK ACCESS OVERVIEW
Kentucky Cumberland Falls State Park Short Walk 68 foot famous falls; one of the most popular state parks on the east coast; displays "moonbows"; 125-feet wide

Cumberland Falls, Kentucky
(photo credit: Ben Prepelka, www.scenicusa.net)
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YAHOO FALLS
STATE PARK ACCESS OVERVIEW
Kentucky Big South Fork NR/NRA Short Walk most likely Kentucky's tallest falls; 113-foot plunge; can be seasonal, so make sure to visit early in the spring or after heavy rains

Yahoo Falls, Kentucky
(photo credit: Kathleen Griffin)
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MOXIE FALLS
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Maine Moxie Falls Scenic Area Hiking Trail near the town of The Forks, this is a 90-foot plunge that has additional cascades above and below; you can swim at the base of the falls if the water conditions are low enough; the falls are set in a wild, deep-forest setting, but they are damn controlled (you can't see the dam though); notorious for mosquitoes from late May through early July; most visitors to the falls are lodging with nearby whitewater rafting trip outfitters (who are based here to run the Kennebec and Dead Rivers)

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New England Waterfalls
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GREAT FALLS OF THE POTOMAC
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Maryland Great Falls Park Short Walk located on the MD-VA state line; 76-foot total drop, but tallest is only 35ft; wide, powerful scene; falls lack character but present a bold statement on huge river

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BASH BISH FALLS
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Massachusetts Bash Bish Falls State Park Hiking Trail unquestionably the best waterfall in Massachusetts; 80-foot total drop; water splits into two sections by a mighty boulder; trailheads in both NY and MA, but you need to access both from the NY side; hundreds or even thousands of visitors come here on summer weekends, even though no swimming is allowed; visit in April, May or June for the best water flow; gorgeous in early winter if you can make the trip then

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New England Waterfalls
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LAUGHING WHITEFISH FALLS
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Michigan Laughing Whitefish Falls Natural Area Hiking Trail considered by many to be the best waterfall in Michigan; hikes is 2.3 miles each way; northwestern Michigan; 100-foot total drop

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TAHQUAMENON FALLS ('UPPER FALLS')
STATE PARK ACCESS OVERVIEW
Michigan Tahquamenon Falls State Park Short Walk probably the most powerful and popular falls in Michigan; 50 feet tall and about 200 feet wide; there are other additional falls nearby

Tahquamenon Upper Falls, Michigan
(photo credit: Kathleen Griffin)
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GOOSEBERRY FALLS
STATE PARK ACCESS OVERVIEW
Minnesota Gooseberry Falls State Park Hiking Trail five (5) sets of falls within one of Minnesota's best state parks; "an absolute must for any Minnesota sight-seeing enthusiast" per one author

Gooseberry Falls, Minnesota
(photo credit: Ben Prepelka)
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HIGH FALLS ('BAPTISM FALLS')
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Minnesota Tettegouche State Park Hiking Trail 70-foot plunge; several waterfalls in the area; one of the tallest waterfalls in Minnesota

High Falls, Minnesota
(photo credit: Tom Moore)
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PALISADES FALLS
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Montana Palisades Falls Picnic Area Hiking Trail 80-foot falls (another source says 98-feet) over basalt tower; fantastic in high water; near the outdoorsy & hip city of Bozeman

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ARETHUSA FALLS
STATE PARK ACCESS OVERVIEW
New Hampshire Crawford Notch State Park Hiking Trail the most dramatic waterfall in New England; 120-160 feet tall (the actual height is quite contested); gorgeous horsetail accessed on moderate hiking trail; visit in winter (snowshoes typically needed) to watch ice climbers ascend the side of the falls; a spur trail en route also visits other waterfalls along Bemis Brook

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ITHACA FALLS
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New York Ithaca Falls Natural Area Roadside / Short Walk this is a 130-foot stunning horsetail in a region that is loaded with waterfalls (you've probably heard that "Ithaca is Gorges!"); owned by the city of Ithaca; free parking in residential area

Ithaca Falls, New York
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New York Waterfalls
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KAATERSKILL FALLS
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New York Catskill Park Hiking Trail the best waterfall in the Catskill Park; 260ft two-tier falls; one of the tallest waterfalls in the Northeast

Kaaterskill Falls, New York
(photo credit: Sheri Stylianopolous)
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New York Waterfalls
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LETCHWORTH FALLS
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New York Letchworth Falls State Park Short Walk / Hiking Trail includes three major waterfalls (upper, middle & lower falls); the most impressive and famous waterfall is the Middle Falls, but the lower and upper falls are excellent too; the Gorge Path will allow you to walk to all three (5.6 mile mile round-trip); Middle Falls has the easiest access; Lower Falls requires a moderately steep hike, and Upper Falls requires a short walk

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NIAGARA FALLS
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New York Niagara Falls State Park Roadside / Short Walk one of the most famous waterfalls of the world; you'll see three main falls here (i.e. American Falls, Horseshoe Falls, Bridal Veil Falls); the Canadian side of falls is actually more interesting with better views and a variety of tourist attractions; the American side has the famed Cave Of The Winds, the Maid of the Mist, and also a unique perspectives of the falls; I recommend bringing your passport and visiting both sides (there is a pedestrian bridge you can walk over)

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TAUGHANNOCK FALLS
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New York Taughannock Falls State Park Roadside / Short Walk 215ft drop in spectacular setting; one of the tallest single-drop falls in the Northeast; views can be round along the northern rim, or via a 1.5 mile round-trip hike to the base of the falls on the Gorge Trail (highly recommended!)

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Waterfalls of New York State
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