It’s hard not to love the sight and sound of a waterfall. There’s something both thrilling and relaxing about a beautiful waterfall. So, what’s even better than seeing only one waterfall? How about an entire weekend devoted to seeing lots of waterfalls?! There are so many great waterfalls in Southern California that are worth a visit.
Because we know how much you love all of the natural beauty offered here, we’ve put together the ultimate waterfall road trip in Southern California that will take you to some of our favorite falls in the region. Some are big, some are small, and some are perfect for an afternoon swim. You may not be able to hit all of these in a single day, or even in a single weekend, but pick a few that are close to home and use our customizable map to navigate your way there.
All of the falls on this list require at least a short hike, so make sure to plan accordingly. Bring comfy shoes, lots of water, and a healthy dose of sunscreen. Ready to hit the road?
There are so many great stops on this waterfall road trip in Southern California! Did we forget any of your favorites? We are always up for hearing about more waterfalls in SoCal, so make sure to leave a comment with your suggestions for waterfalls to check out on our next road trip.
This next one is an amazing paradise that’s ideal for escaping a hot day. <a href=”https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/southern-california/waterfall-paradise-hike-so-cal/” target=”_blank”>Sturtevant Falls </a> is tucked away inside of Santa Anita Canyon and it’s an absolutely magnificent spot that embodies all the best attributes of Southern California. This picturesque destination is nestled inside a woodsy forest filled with gorgeous trails. The three-mile hike has a refreshing reward at the end of the trail: a beautiful and ice cold waterfall that’s the perfect escape from the heat.<br><br>You can also catch the nearby Hermit Falls, which is much less popular and less likely to draw a crowd. Check out both of these magnificent Southern California waterfalls in the following video:
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Waterfalls In Southern California
Melissa M|April 15, 2021
What is the tallest waterfall in Southern California?
Big Falls in San Bernardino County is considered to be the tallest waterfall in Southern California at a total height of 500 feet, although the impressive top part of the falls is only about 150 feet before continuing down to the river below. If you want to do a shorter version of the waterfall road trip above, here is our Southern California’s Tallest Falls Road Trip that will take you to four of the tallest waterfalls in SoCal.
What are the best hikes to take in Southern California?
Along with Southern California’s unparalleled beauty comes extraordinary hiking trails that lead to the most scenic spots. Hummingbird Trail in Simi Valley is a 5-mile trek that leads through incredible rock formations and rocky terrain. Torrey Pines State Reserve in La Jolla is so picturesque that you won’t even notice you’re breaking a sweat hiking; you’ll be too busy being wowed by the beauty all around you! And did you know that redwood trees exist in Southern California too? Head to Carbon Canyon Regional Park Redwood Grove in Orange County and take a magical 2.5-mile hike through a forest of these massive enchanting trees.
Are there any other road trips I can take in Southern California?
We’ve all heard of the seven wonders of the world, but how about the seven wonders of SoCal? Using our handy Scenic Road Trip guide, you can take a few days to visit marvelous places like the otherworldly Zabriskie Point in Death Valley, the lava tube at Mojave National Preserve, the Sunny Jim Sea Cave in La Jolla, and more!