What’s better than hiking to a beautiful destination that includes a breathtaking waterfall? How about just the waterfall with no hiking involved? In fact, you don’t even have to get out of your car to see some of these waterfalls. Most of these waterfalls which fall into the “roadside” category are located in Yellowstone National Park.
1. Lewis Falls
Lewis Falls is part of the Lewis River that cascades down to a 30' drop. The fall forms about a mile down from Lewis Lake. Lewis Falls is located above the highway bridge that crosses the river. This waterfall can be seen when driving the South Entrance road in Yellowstone National Park. There is a pullout and parking nearby.
2. Kepler Cascades
Kepler Cascades is located above Old Faithful along the Firehole River. This fall is made up of multiple cascades that plunge down 100'-150'. The cascade is named after one of Wyoming's governor's son, Kepler Hot. Kepler Cascades can be viewed along the highway as well. There is an overlook and parking area where you can soak up the view.
3. Tower Fall
Tower Fall was once known as "Little Falls" by the early fur trappers. The falls ended up with the name Tower Falls because of the towers and pinnacles framing the rush of water. Tower Fall cascades down from a height of 132' feet. The overlook for the falls is 100 yards from the parking area which is on the road between Roosevelt and Canyon.
4. Firehole Falls
Firehole Falls is located in Firehole Canyon. The fall has a 40' drop and can be seen from a turnout on Firehole Canyon Drive.
5. Gibbon Falls
This waterfall was discovered in 1872 by William Henry Jackson and John Merle Coulter. This broad waterfall, which is formed by the Gibbon River, plunges down from a height of 84'. Gibbon Falls can be viewed from an overlook along the highway between Madison and Norris Junctions.
6. Virginia Cascade
Even the early settlers viewed this cascade from a stage road. Their view was from the bottom of the fall looking up. Virginia Cascade is formed by the Gibbon River and can be viewed between Norris and Canyon.
7. Undine Falls
Undine Falls is a multi-level waterfall. Formed by Lava Creek, the waterfall cascades down from 60' in a three step process. The three plunges can be viewed from an overlook on the main road.
8. Lower Falls Of The Yellowstone River
The Lower Falls are the most popular waterfall in North America. It's one of the tallest waterfalls in Yellowstone and plunges down 308'. There are numerous viewpoints accessible in the park.
9. Upper Falls Of The Yellowstone River
Upper Falls is formed by the Yellowstone River. It falls from a height of 109'. Viewpoints are accessible on both sides of the canyon.