Kansas City September 07, 2017
9 Beautiful Hidden Waterfalls Near Kansas City
Those of us who live in the Kansas City Metro area are pretty lucky we have so much to do close by. However, there are times when you just need to take a break from the fast pace and relax for a moment or three. Even though it might not be the perfect sunny weather, don’t rule out a beautiful waterfall for your next day trip. It’s never too cold to relax next to one of the most soothing sounds we have to offer, so I’ve picked these nine beautiful waterfalls near Kansas City to start you off. Hey, we aren’t nicknamed “The City of Waterfalls” for nothing!
Seriously, we have more than just a few. Why not come check some out?
9. "Diana" The Intercontinental Hotel - 401 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO
This gorgeous statue is framed by a sheet of water falling 24/7 in front of this Kansas City hotel. It's perfect for a relaxing walk, or a family photo.
8. Parkville Nature Sanctuary - MO Highway 9 & 12th St., Parkville, MO
The nature sanctuary in Parkville is full of lush beauty, but have you seen the waterfall? It's not as large as some of the manmade ones you're used to, but it's even more relaxing due to the nature around it.
7. Barney Allis Plaza Fountain - 205 W. 12th St., Kansas City, MO
This classic falls in downtown Kansas City is perfect for a fun photo or relaxing background noise for a stroll through the plaza. Maybe you could bring lunch and make it like a picnic? The possibilities are endless!
6. Westin Crown Center Lobby - 1 E Pershing Rd., Kansas City, MO
This natural looking waterfall lives in the lobby of the Westin Crown Center, and it's a bit bigger than it looks in pictures. Hanging out in a lobby always seems to be noisy and crowded, but if you wait here, you can enjoy the soothing water sounds before you're off on another adventure.
5. Watt's Mill - 103rd and State Line, Kansas City, MO
What used to be a mill is now an empty waterfall, no longer used to grind corn and wheat. At the moment, Indian Creek has been flooding off and on due to rainfall. When it's lower, the water falls about six feet before hitting the bottom of the drop.
4. Powell Gardens - 1609 N.W. U.S. Highway 50, Kingsville, MO
These man made falls are super relaxing, especially since they aren't very big. The quiet trickle of water really relaxes you when you've had a long day surrounded by cars.
3. Tryst Falls - Route 92 Kearney, MO
This little fall is one of my favorites because it's just so beautiful to photograph! It's naturally made, and you just feel so peaceful sitting near it. There's also a nearby playground, so it's perfect for a picnic lunch!
2. Cedar Creek Falls - 625 Lakeshore Dr., Olathe, KS
Though it's technically an overflow dam, this falls can't be ignored when it comes to beauty. The rocks make the water tumble over many ledges, which is such a soothing sound to hear. Plus, you can enjoy local fishing and hiking if you want a full day's worth of adventure!
1. Briarcliff Falls - NW Platte Rd. and NW Valley Ln., Riverside, MO
At the top of the list, it's Briarcliff Falls. They aren't natural, unfortunately, but they are a stunning location to visit when you're looking for some local beauty. There's also a hiking opportunity! Taking the Briarcliff Linear trail gives you a quick tour of the area nearby, and makes for a great 1.25 mile morning walk. It's so beautiful, and worth a visit for sure.
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