Disregard TLC’s advice and do go ahead and chase waterfalls. These Top 10 US Waterfalls will not leave you disappointed.
1.) Multnomah Falls - Colombia River Gorge, OR
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Located along the Columbia River Gorge just 30 minutes east of Portland, this waterfall drops 620 feet. Perfect for someone wanting to view a majestic fall without a strenuous hike, it's just a short five minute walk from the parking lot to a beautiful view of Multnomah Falls. If you want an even closer view, just walk a few hundred feet more and you'll make it to Benson Footbridge. Built in the early 1900s this bridge is 69 feet up the falls and gives you a great view of the top tier powerful 500+foot fall, sure to provide a great mist (pack a coat if you're visiting in the cooler months!). Unlike a lot of waterfalls, this beauty flows year round and does not dry up in the late summer. Another plus for Multnomah, dogs are allowed as long as they are on a leash.
2. Shoshone Falls - Twin Falls, Idaho
Known as the “Niagara of The West”, Shoshone Falls is located on the Snake River in southern Idaho. It spans 1,000 feet wide and is 212 feet high (45 feet higher than Niagra). Like most falls, it is best viewed in the spring as irrigation and hydroelectricity generation for Snake River often diminishes water levels significantly in the late summer and fall. Another great fall for anyone not wanting to hike, you can drive your car to several paved viewing areas. The cost during March - September is $3 per car. There are also several places close by you can stop and swim in Snake River.
3. Alamere Falls - Bolinas, CA
In order to experience this beautiful waterfall you must hike an 8.4 miles round trip trail through multiple terrains. The trail starts off very easy with a slightly rocky path before arriving to a canopy of trees above providing ample shade. It passes by two small lakes perfect for taking a dip along the way. A little over half way there the trail takes a left down a very narrow path with weeds and plants growing taller than 7 feet high. Be sure to pack long sleeves and pants to avoid Poison Ivy! A quarter mile later the trail opens back up to more terrain with a large rock cliff making the final descent down to the falls. Along the way you’ll see several beautiful flowers and a couple of smaller waterfalls. Finally, after a couple of steep parts you will arrive to the most amazing “tidefall”, a waterfall flowing right into the ocean. Be sure to pack a lunch and a swimsuit and enjoy yourself on the secluded beach before the trek back. Suggested total time for this hike 4+ hours.
4. Yosemite Falls - Yosemite National Park, CA
The highest waterfall in all of North America, Yosemite falls boasts a 2,425 foot drop! This is one of the main attractions in all of Yosemite as it can be viewed from almost anywhere in the park. It is broken up into three parts - Upper Yosemite Falls, Middle Cascades, and Lower Yosemite Falls; all of which are sure to take your breath away. It is a must see in the late Spring as the fall is flowing at its best. It has been known to dry up by late summer and fall but the flow can vary due to snow fall and rainstorms. Thinking of making a trip to view this wonder? Check out the constant Live Yosemite Falls Webcam here.
5. Bridal Veil Falls - Telluride, CO
Clocking in at 365 feet tall, Bridal Veil Falls is the highest waterfall in the state of Colorado. If you are looking for a rewarding hike, this waterfall trail will take a little over 6 miles roundtrip. The trail follows a lightly forested valley along a trickling stream. The last mile treks through the Aspen forest while passing some smaller waterfalls and a few steep rocks before arriving at the Bridal Veil Falls. Sitting on top of the falls is a house / power plant that actually provides Telluride with 25 percent of its electricity. Fun fact, the falls used to be open to ice climbers in the 1990s before it was outlawed. In 2009 it was re-opened to brave souls who wish to ice climb it.
6. Horsetail Falls - Yosemite National Park, CA
Also known as Firefalls, Horsetail Falls sits in a very magical location. Around the second week in February, the sunset illuminates this waterfall, and it appears to be glowing like the flames of a fire. But the conditions must be perfect in order for this to happen. The winter sky must be clear and free of clouds / snow / rain etc. There also has to be enough snow pack and warm enough day temperatures for the falls to flow in order to view this magnificent, almost supernatural experience. This 1,500-foot fall is best viewed from a picnic area on North Side Drive in Yosemite Park, but if you wish to hike to the top, prepare for an all day endeavor.
7. Proxy Falls - Willamette National Forrest, OR
Veiling 226 feet tall, Proxy Falls is the result of two springs meeting and is one of the most photograhed waterfalls in all of Oregon. The road to Proxy Falls, Highway 242, is only open in the Summer months and is $5 for a day use pass. From November to June, the highway to the trailhead is closed by a gate approximately 2 miles away. However, you can park at the gate and walk (or better yet bike!) the 2 miles on the pavement. The actual trailhead is a 1.5 mile loop trail, making this an easy trek. At the bottom of the falls, it appears as if the water is disappearing instead of feeding a stream or pooling, but it's actually sinking through the porous lava into the ground. Another plus, dogs are also welcomed on this trail.
8. Sahilie & Koosah Falls - Makenzie River Trail, OR
These two waterfalls are along the Mackenzie River near central Oregon. The forest trail to see both of these falls is a very easy and maintained 2.6 mile loop. It starts at Sahile Falls, boasting a 100-foot drop. You can take a small trail and even climb up the backside to view the falls from the top. After that, it's just a short mile walk down the trail to arrive to the top of Koosah falls.
While it is only 70 feet, it feels much more powerful than Sahile falls. You can even continue down to view this falls from the bottom as well. The most notable thing about these waterfalls, besides their sheer power and breathtaking size, is the the color of the water. The Mackenzie River water is so blue every photo looks color corrected.
9. Silver Falls South Fall - Silver Falls State Park, OR
Silver Falls State Park is the mecca for waterfall lovers, featuring 10 falls on a 9-mile loop trail. These are not just small waterfalls either. Each waterfall is unique and would be deserving of the long hike by itself. Silver Falls South Fall takes the cake though. The trail continues behind the waterfall where you can see what this massive 177 foot waterfall looks like from the inside! The park is opened year round and also features campsites and cabins. It is perfect for spending a couple days exploring the different waterfalls and there are several activities in the park including horseback riding and bike trails. Your four-legged friend is also welcome inside the park and on the trail.
10. Whitewater Falls - Nantahala National Forest, NC
Whitewater Falls is the highest waterfall east of The Rockies clocking in at 811 feet. The quarter mile paved road is an easy trek for a great view of the Upper Falls. But there is more fun to be had if you venture down below. Descending 600 feet in elevation, the trail leads a half mile down where you will find yourself at the bottom of the falls. This is a great place to swim and relax on the large rocks. The falls is open year round and the cost is only $2 per vehicle or you can get an annual pass for $15.