Have you ever been wandering in the woods and happened to stumble across a babbling brook or little forest cascade? If so, you know that the thrill of discovery is half the fun of outdoor adventures. We’ve assembled a collection of amazing hidden waterfalls in America, that are “hidden” for various reasons – some are a challenge to reach, some aren’t well-known, and a few just don’t get the recognition they deserve. However, they all have one thing in common: they’re absolutely breathtaking.
1. West Virginia: Keeney's Creek Waterfall
Weaving between rocks covered in soft green moss and delicate ferns, this secluded woodland waterfall is a true hidden gem. The cascade is located in Winona, about a two miles down Keeney's Creek Road.
2. Montana: Triple Falls
Glacier National Park is one of Montana's most popular parks, but Triple Falls doesn't get nearly as much recognition as it deserves. Located in Logan's Pass, the Triple Falls area is one of the most ecologically delicate areas in the park, so access to the falls is limited. If you ever get the chance to explore these falls, however, absolutely go for it.
3. California: Alamere Falls
This waterfall in Point Reyes National Seashore, Marin County is particularly spectacular due to its location: Alamere Falls is a unique "tidafall" cascade that flows straight into the sea. There's only one other waterfall like it in the area – McWay Falls in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.
4. Massachusetts: Bear’s Den Falls
Located in a 6-acre nature reserve in New Salem, this hidden waterfall gets its name from a large black bear that was once hunted in the area. The Swift River passes over the granite cliffs of the Bear's Den and tumbles from stone to stone in a beautiful cascade.
5. Tennessee: Cummins Falls
This majestic waterfall at Blackburn Fork State Scenic River is a hot spot for locals and visitors in the know. The wide, flat stones and gentle falls are perfect for splashing and relaxing in the sun.
6. Maryland: Swallow Falls
Located in Garret County, Swallow Falls is at its best during the springtime. The season's rains swell the river and creates a thunderous show of white water and glittering spray.
7. Mississippi: Ferris Falls
Though it may look like a tropical hideaway, this waterfall is located in Eastabuchie. It is an offshoot of the Leaf River and is absolutely stunning in all seasons.
8. Washington: Rodney Falls
Head over to Beacon Rock State Park for the waterfall hike of a lifetime. Just follow a side path off of the Hamilton Mountain Trail and you'll be led across a charming footbridge overlooking these stunning cascades.
9. Iowa: Union Grove Lake Waterfall
This beautiful spot is hiding in Tama County, right between Marshalltown and Waterloo. Union Grove Lake offers plenty of great recreational opportunities, but the waterfall is definitely one of its best features.
10. Arkansas: Fern Gully Falls
Fern Gully Falls is located in the Ozark National Forest. The area is popular with rock climbers and other woodland ramblers.
11. Vermont: Bartlett Falls
This scenic waterfall can be found in the gorge of the New Haven River. 14 feet in height, the falls drop into a deep pool below, which is also a popular spot for swimmers.
12. Pennsylvania: Rattlesnake Falls
Head to Barret Township to discover this epic waterfall. Nested in the famed Poconos mountains, Rattlesnake Falls sends water from the Delaware River tumbling over a series of graduated stone ledges. Though this waterfall is quite secluded, the hike there isn't too difficult.
13. Buttermilk Falls, New Jersey
This charming waterfall is located in Walpack Township, right on the New Jersey Pennsylvania border. Water slides almost 90 feet down the red shae side of Kittatinny Ridge, and there is a wooden viewing area above the falls that offers a spectacular view of the cascades and surrounding woodlands. The trail leading to the falls can get a bit steep, so make sure you wear some sturdy shoes.
14. Arizona: Seven Falls, Catalina Mountains
Seven Falls is only one of several waterfalls in the Tucson area, but it's one of the most spectacular. Unlike many famed Arizona falls, this cascade is easily reached by even the most inexperienced of hikers. Visitors should take Bear Canyon trail from the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area, which will lead them to the foot of these cascades.
15. North Carolina: Roaring Fork Falls
Tucked away in the Pisgah National Forest, this waterfall winds its way through verdant flora and sparkling stones before ending up in a clear, mossy pool. This is a great place go for some quiet reflection, or maybe a cool summer dip.
Which hidden waterfall is your favorite? Do you know of any other lesser-known or hidden waterfalls in America?