Top 10 Waterfalls in the United States



I am proud to present what I believe to be the best 10 waterfalls in the United States! This list is based upon a mix of personal experience, a thorough review of dozens of websites, and through reading most of the waterfall guidebooks that have been published in the US over the last 25 years. Each of these top ten waterfalls is undeniably spectacular.

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HAVASU FALLS
STATE PARK ACCESS NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
AZ Havasupai-tribe owned private land Backpacking, Horseback Riding or Helicopter
(no road access)
one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world; requires advance permits and either a (a) 10-mile hike each way, (b) a horseback ride or (c) a helicopter ride; many campsites can be found just downstream of Havasu Falls (permits & reservations required); combined with Mooney Falls, these waterfalls offer one of the world's premier swimming hole destinations, if not the absolute best!



NEVADA FALLS
STATE PARK ACCESS NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
CA Yosemite National Park Hiking Trail one of the most gorgeous waterfalls in the country; close to Vernal Falls; can be seen on a challenging hike trip to Half Dome by taking the Mist Trail from the Happy Isles trailhead; can also be done as part of moderate day hiking loop by combing with the John Muir Trail; avoid on weekends as this trail can be insanely busy; also, do NOT enter the water as dozens of people have died over the years



YOSEMITE FALLS
STATE PARK ACCESS NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
CA Yosemite National Park Roadside/Hiking Trail probably the most famous waterfall in the USA; believed to be the tallest waterfall in North America; a staggering 2,425 feet tall; best water flow is from May to June, but often keeps flowing through summer; a nice national park lodge exists near the base of the falls; a hiking trail leads to the top (be careful not to slip over the edge!)



WAIMOKU FALLS
STATE PARK ACCESS NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
HI Haleakala National Park Hiking Trail Maui Island; 400-foot tall thin horsetail; fantastic photographs can be obtained from the base of the falls


Photo Credit: Jason Underwood

SHOSHONE FALLS
STATE PARK ACCESS NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
ID Shoshone Falls Park Roadside 212-foot tall, 1000-foot wide massive waterfall; one of the most powerful waterfalls in the country; other good waterfalls are nearby


Photo Credit: Arnold Hansen

NIAGARA FALLS
STATE PARK ACCESS NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
NY Niagara Falls State Park Roadside / Short Walk one of the world's most famous waterfalls; includes all the falls there (i.e. American Falls, Horseshoe Falls, etc.); Canadian side of falls is actually more interesting and has better views, however it is much, much more touristy; American side offers the Maid of the Mist boat tour and also a great trail that goes behind the falls



MULTNOMAH FALLS
STATE PARK ACCESS NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
OR Columbia Gorge Natural Scenic Area Roadside / Hiking Trail (optional) one of the best and most famous falls in North America; 620ft two-drop scenic falls separated by attractive bridge; one of dozens of outstanding waterfalls in the area



CALF CREEK FALLS
STATE PARK ACCESS NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
UT Grand Staircase-Escalante NM Hiking Trail the best waterfall in Utah and perhaps the best desert-waterfall in the southwest after Havasu Falls and Mooney Falls in Arizona; incredible desert-oasis setting; lower falls is the highlight and it's a 126ft horsetail/plunge with a beautiful swimming hole at its base



SNOQUALMIE FALLS
STATE PARK ACCESS NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
WA unknown
(privately owned?)
Roadside one of WA's most popular tourist attractions and easily its most popular waterfall; 270ft plunge with a lot of development near and above falls


Photo Credit: Megan Bentley

LOWER FALLS
STATE PARK ACCESS NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
WY Yellowstone National Park Roadside / Short Walk one of the finest waterfalls in the world; gorgeous waterfalls surrounded by yellow rocks; 308 feet tall; several overlook trails; near "Canyon Village" in the eastern region of Yellowstone National Park; one of two major falls on the Yellowstone River



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GUIDEBOOKS TO GET YOU THERE:


The following guidebooks are trusted resources to help lead you to the best waterfalls in the United States. Click on any book to read reviews and/or purchase the book on Amazon.com. I personally own (and love) nearly all of these guidebooks.







































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