There are few natural wonders more enchanting than a beautiful waterfall. From ethereal forest brooks to roaring alpine cascades, the U.S. is home to some of the most amazing waterfalls in the world. Read on to discover the most breathtaking waterfalls in all 50 states.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
Alabama: Upper DeSoto Falls
Named after Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto, this fall drops 104 feet into the pool below
Alaska: Big Goat Falls
The icy, cold Big Goat Falls plunges 800 feet. It’s located in the Misty Fiords National Monument, but is so isolated you can only view it from an aircraft above.
Arizona: Mooney Falls
You’ll find Mooney Falls in the Havasupai Indian Reservation. It’s a steep hike, but well worth the effort. The 190-foot waterfall plunges into a pool that’s perfect for swimming.
Arkansas: Hemmed-In Hollow Falls
Hemmed-In Hollow Falls, in the Ponca Wilderness Area, is the tallest waterfall in Arkansas with an impressive 209-foot drop. It’s “hemmed-in” on three sides by towering bluffs.
California: Yosemite Falls
Truly stunning, Yosemite Falls has a total height of 2, 425 feet. Visit it at Yosemite National Park in Mariposa County.
Colorado: Bridal Veil Falls
The tallest waterfall in Colorado is Bridal Veil Falls, which drops 365 feet. The hike to the waterfall is strenuous, but well worth your time.
Connecticut: Kent Falls
These falls drop in cascades spanning over ¼ mile. Take a picnic to enjoy along it’s banks at Kent Falls State Park.
Delaware: Brandywine State Park
A pretty little waterfall in a lush, green setting.
Florida: Falling Waters
Whether this waterfall 3 miles south of Chipley, FL is gushing or just trickling water depends on recent rainfall. But as you can see from the photo, it's a sight to behold when it's really flowing.
Georgia: Amicalola Falls
The word “amicalola” is Cherokee for “tumbling waters,” which is the perfect description for this waterfall. The water bounces, tumbles and plunges a total of 729 feet.
Hawaii: Big Island's Waimoku Falls
At approximately 442 feet in height, Akaka falls is perhaps the most famous waterfall on Hawaii Island – and for good reason. Many waterfalls in Hawaii only appear when it rains, or simply sheet down the side of the mountain, but Akaka Falls is different – the falls is a thick column of water that always seems to have a strong flow.
Idaho: Shoshone Falls
Shoshone Falls, known as "The Niagara of the West," is located at the edge of Twin Falls on the Snake River. It is 212 feet high—45 feet higher than Niagara Falls—and flows over a rim 1,000 feet wide.
Illinois: Lake Falls
The 45 foot tall Lake Falls is located in Matthiessen State Park, near Utica, Illinois. Lake Falls is the uppermost of the falls in the Dells region of the park.
Indiana: Cataract Falls
Collectively and by volume, the Cataract Falls is the largest waterfall in the state of Indiana. Cataract Falls consists of two sets of waterfalls on Mill Creek separated by about one mile. Both falls consist of a series of drops. The total height of the Upper Falls is approximately 45 feet, while that of the Lower Falls is about 30 feet.
Iowa: Dunning's Spring Falls
Located in Decorah, Dunning's Spring Falls is one of Iowa’s most picturesque sights. The spectacular 200-foot waterfall is surrounded by lush green grass and mossy rocks.
Kansas: Cowley Lake Waterfall
Cowley Lake spills over a ledge at 20 feet and into a wood-shaded stream below. It is one of the largest waterfalls in Kansas and can be found about ¼ mile off US Hwy 166 in Dexter, Kansas.
Kentucky: Cumberland Falls
Cumberland Falls is the largest waterfall in the state and is the largest south of Niagara Falls. The falls are approximately 68 feet high and 125 feet wide, with an average water flow of 3,600 cubic feet per second.
Louisiana: Waterfalls of Hodges Gardens State Park
Hodges Gardens State Park is nestled in the tall pines of West Central Louisiana. The stunning (but artificial) waterfalls runs through the scenic gardens within the park and are fed by a man-made 225-acre lake.
Maine: Moxie Falls
Moxie Falls is one of Maine's highest waterfalls, including a single vertical drop of nearly 90 feet as well as other plunges and pools. A relatively easy walk of a little under one-mile brings visitors down to this scenic destination.
Maryland: Muddy Creek Falls
Muddy Creek Falls is the highest free-falling waterfall in Maryland at 53 ft. tall. It is located inside Swallow Falls State Park. Muddy Creek Falls has developed in the Pottsville Formation, which consists mainly of cross-bedded sandstones.
Massachusetts: Bash Bish Falls
These falls in the Taconic Mountains are the highest in the state. The falls are made up of a series of cascades, nearly 200 feet in total, with the final cascade being split into twin falls by a jutting rock, dropping 80 feet over boulders and into a placid pool.
Michigan: Tahquamenon Falls
Situated in the Tahquamenon Falls State Park, this is actually two sets of waterfalls on the Tahquamenon River. The Upper Falls are more than 200 feet across, and has a drop close to 50 feet.
Minnesota: Pigeon River High Falls
These 120-foot falls are the highest in Minnesota. You can find them in Grand Portage State Park on the Minnesota/Canada border.
Mississippi: Clark Creek Falls
Missouri: Grand Falls
Plunging 25 feet into Shoal Creek, Grand Falls is the largest continuously flowing natural waterfall in Missouri.
Montana: Great Falls
Great Falls can be found on the upper Missouri River basin. Lewis and Clark once navigated around it, and it is currently home to a hydroelectric dam.
Nebraska: Snake River Falls
Snake River Falls is the largest waterfall by volume in the entire state of Nebraska.
Nevada: Mirage Waterfall
Nevada isn't known for its waterfalls, but you can find a few in Las Vegas. This manmade stunner can be found at the Mirage Hotel.
New Hampshire: Arethusa Falls
Towering over 200 feet, these are the tallest falls in New Hampshire. Located in Crawford Notch State Park, you'll find several fantastic falls in the area.
New Jersey: Great Falls
An urban oasis, these powerful falls are located in the city of Paterson. Cross the footbridge to get right up close to this gem!
New Mexico: Folsom Falls
Folsom Falls is located on the Cimarron River in Union County.
New York: Niagara Falls
The collection of waterfalls known as Niagara Falls are among the most powerful in the United States.
North Carolina: Dry Falls
Located in Nantahala National Park, you can walk right under these 75-foot falls and stay dry.
North Dakota: Turtle River Falls
Though there is only one officially recognized waterfall in North Dakota (Sheyenne State Forest Waterfall), you can find this little gem in Turtle River State Park.
Ohio: Upper Falls
You'll find these stunning falls in the Old Man's Cave area of Hocking Hills State Park.
Oklahoma: Turner Falls
Turner Falls is located in the beautiful Arbuckle Mountains and is considered Oklahoma's tallest waterfall at 77 feet. This picturesque waterfall flows with crystal clear water into a swimming hole.
Oregon: Multnomah Falls
Multnomah Falls is a majestic waterfall in the Columbia River Gorge, and it's one of the tallest in the country.
Pennsylvania: Cucumber Falls
This stunning 30-foot waterfall is located at the end of a short hike in the Ohiopyle State Park. The falls are especially beautiful in spring.
Rhode Island: Stepstone Falls
Located at the end of he Ben Utter Trail in the Arcadia Management Area, this lovely waterfall is small but absolutely delightful.
South Carolina: Rainbow Falls
This 4.3 mile trail at Jones Gap State Park is rather difficult but so worth it for the spectacular view. It's near Cleveland, South Carolina.
South Dakota: Bridal Veil Falls
Located in the gorgeous Spearfish Canyon in the Black Hills National Forest, Bridal Veil Falls is a jaw dropping waterfall that cascades a total of 60 feet.
Tennessee: Burgess Falls
This ethereal waterfall flows into a limestone gorge in the Burgess Falls State Park.
Texas: Hamilton Pool Waterfall
Flickr/ Marcus Calderon
This natural pool and waterfall in Texas is a wonder to behold.
Utah: Provo River Falls
The cascading waters of Provo River Falls are easy to access; just park your car in the lot above and make your way down to the edge of the river. It’s also a great spot for a picnic!
Vermont: Moss Glen Falls
Dropping a total of 125 feet, this majestic waterfall in Lamoille County is one of the tallest waterfalls in the area.
Virginia: Falling Spring Falls
The beautiful Falling Spring Falls was visited by Thomas Jefferson himself; this astounding 80-foot waterfall is not to be missed.
Washington: Snoqualmie Falls
Measuring in at 268 ft tall, Snoqualmie Falls is one of the most popular travel destinations in Washington, and it’s absolutely breathtaking.
West Virginia: Blackwater Falls
Nestled into the Allegheny Mountains in West Virginia you’ll find the beautiful Blackwater Falls.
Wisconsin: Willow Falls
This gorgeous, tiered waterfall in Wisconsin will fill you will awe.
Wyoming: Lower Yellowstone Falls
The stunning Lower Yellowstone Falls cascades through a canyon that dates back nearly 600,000 years. This waterfall - and the surrounding landscape - is truly one of a kind.
How many of these wondrous waterfalls have you visited? What are some other amazing waterfalls in the U.S.? Let us know in the comments.