The American south is filled with incredible natural splendor. Some of the most spectacular waterfalls in the country are scattered throughout the southern states. We’ve put together the ultimate waterfalls road trip through the south so that you can see all the most impressive falls in one tidy journey.
The trip totals about 51 hours of driving, so you should definitely plan on checking into a few cozy inns or camping out under the stars. Take a look at the road trip map
Upper DeSoto Falls, Alabama
This gorgeous waterfall was named after Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto. Located in Mentone, these falls are the most spectacular of a series of three waterfalls. Water cascades 104 feet into a clear blue pool at the base of a stone ledge. The hike to this waterfall is just about a mile from the trailhead.
Hamilton Pool Waterfall, Texas
This gorgeous waterfall cascades into a collapsed grotto. Visitors can sunbathe on the shores of a sandy beach in this grotto, or swim in the clear, cool water of the pool. The area is actually a protected natural habitat, which keeps the glittering pool looking absolutely beautiful and jade-green.
Falling Spring Falls, Virginia
Thomas Jefferson reportedly visited this waterfall and found it to be absolutely beautiful. Water flows down over 80 feet and runs over a series of stepped stone ledges. This is the tallest waterfall in Virginia, and certainly one of the most scenic.
Upper Whitewater Falls, North Carolina
Located near the town of Sapphire, this waterfall is notable for its extreme beauty and accessibility. You don't need to be a hiker to experience the incredible majesty of this waterfall, but merely to follow a paved path up to an overlook that offers a stunning view of the powerful waters.
Waterfalls of Hodges Gardens State Park, Louisiana
This enchanting park is located in West Central Louisiana. Though the waterfalls are artificial, the surrounding flora and gorgeously landscaped surroundings make this stop on the road trip one of the most spectacular.
Burgess Falls, Tennessee
Located in Sparta, the waters of this graceful waterfall flow into a limestone gorge. Though the hike to these falls isn't the easiest, the sight of its cascading waters are well worth the effort.
Cumberland Falls, Kentucky
This is the largest waterfall in the state. Not only that, but Cumberland Falls is the largest waterfall south of Niagara Falls. It is 68 feet high and 125 feet wide. The staggering beauty of this waterfall belies its sheer force – the water moves at a rate of 3,600 cubic feet per second.
Clark Creek Falls, Mississippi
Located near Woodville, Clark Creek Natural area is home to over 40 different waterfalls. The hiking can be strenuous, but the beauty of the landscape more than makes up for it. Clark Creeks winds through the landscape and peppers the nature preserve with lively and sparkling waterfalls.
Amicalola Falls, Georgia
The name of this waterfall is derived from the Cherokee word for “tumbling waters." The white waters of Amicalola Falls tumble a total of 729 feet, and produce an incredibly melodious sound. There are nearly 500 steps from the bottom to the top of this waterfall, so wear comfy shoes.
We know that there are so many more incredible waterfalls throughout the south. What are your favorite southern waterfalls? Let us know!