One of the highlights of any hike is getting to the end of the trail and finding an amazing waterfall or cascade. I did a little searching and found several waterfalls in the US that are worth the trip. Do you have a favorite waterfall that I should add to our list? I’d love to hear!

waterfalls in the us

Waterfalls in the US

Cumberland Falls,Kentucky

Cumberland Falls

Cumberland Falls - Corbin, Kentucky

Known as the “Niagara of the South,” this 125 ft wide wall of water drops into a boulder-strewn gorge. With a full moon and clear night sky you can see the “moonbow,” a (lunar rainbow) that appears in the base of the waterfall. A phenomenon not found anywhere else in the Western Hemisphere!

Stewart Falls, Utah

Stewart Falls, Utah Image used by permission

Stewart Falls, Utah
Image used by permission from A Local Wander

Part of what makes the Stewart Falls Hike great is the fact that it is a relatively flat walk. The initial ascent from the parking lot is steep and the eventual descent down to the waterfalls is tricky, but the 4-mile round-trip adventure really is quite relaxing. Whether hiking with children or not, there are many areas perfectly suited for resting, snacking, and scenic gazing.

Fall Creek Falls, Tennessee

Fall Creek Falls State Park

Fall Creek Falls State Park

We hiked on down to the bottom of the Cascades where the kids could feel the spray from the Cascades. In the summer months, this area is often popular with local waders and water lovers.

New York

Niagara Falls

North Carolina

Brevard County
Upper Whitewater Falls

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22 Comments

 

  1. May 9, 2013  10:57 am by Kiera @EasyTravelMom Reply

    I'm not sure I have been to enough waterfalls to have a favorite in the US! I loved Niagara Falls but have only been to the Canadian side!

  2. May 9, 2013  2:51 pm by michelle Reply

    Stewart Falls is definitely a good one! We hiked last weekend up to a smaller waterfall really close to our house-I love how relaxing it is to hike near water and the payoff at the falls is always worth it. We're going to Niagara for the first time next summer and I can't wait. Another of my favorites is Multnomah Falls in Oregon (a TALL waterfall) http://friendsofmultnomahfalls.org/

  3. May 9, 2013  8:39 pm by Terri @ Travel 50 States with Kids Reply

    I love waterfalls! Great list! We're looking forward to seeing Multnomah Falls in Oregon this summer. I went there when I was a teenager, but haven't been back since.

  4. July 14, 2014  11:17 pm by Amanda Walton Reply

    We just visited Cumberland Falls in May and my four children loved it! It was an amazing experience. There are waterfalls all over the US and I love finding new ones that I have not seen before.

  5. July 18, 2014  11:57 am by Cami Reply

    I love Niagara Falls , but that's an obvious one :)

  6. July 28, 2014  6:46 pm by Shannon Reply

    I haven't been to a lot of waterfalls, but there is one here in Richmond, VA at Maymont Park that I love.

  7. August 23, 2014  5:18 pm by Robin (Masshole Mommy) Reply

    We have some smaller falls in northern New England and I have seen Niagara Falls a few times, too. Big or small, they always amaze me.

  8. August 23, 2014  8:22 pm by Debbie L. Reply

    I love waterfalls - Wisconsin and Michigan have some beautiful falls. My favorite I think is Ruby Falls in TN.

  9. August 23, 2014  10:52 pm by lisa Reply

    I didn't realize we had so many beautiful waterfalls! Thank you for sharing these!

  10. August 23, 2014  11:35 pm by Jessica (Savory Experiments) Reply

    I've been to Niagara Falls, and some others I can't recall the name of in Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park and Hawaii. So magical.

  11. August 24, 2014  6:16 pm by Jeanine @ sixtimemommy.com Reply

    What beautiful photos! i love waterfalls, and The Falls (Niagara Falls) will always be one of my favorite spots. So beautiful and peaceful are waterfalls.

  12. August 24, 2014  6:31 pm by Beth@KCMompreneurs Reply

    There are beautiful waterfalls in Yosemite. That is the one that comes to mind off of the top of my head.

  13. August 24, 2014  6:42 pm by Tami Reply

    I love waterfalls. We have quite a few here in Trinidad and Tobago and I've been to several. I love taking a shower under the smaller falls...it is so refreshing.

  14. August 24, 2014  7:54 pm by Catherine S Reply

    What pretty pictures. It would be awesome to visit any of them. I live in Florida so I have never seen a waterfall in person.

  15. August 24, 2014  8:36 pm by Janeane Davis Reply

    I enjoyed seeing this look at different waterfalls across the country. It reminded me of smaller waterfalls I like near our home.

  16. August 24, 2014  9:35 pm by Janell Poulette Reply

    We lived in NC for a few months and I loved to visit the waterfalls there. I can't wait to explore more when we move in that area again!

  17. August 24, 2014  11:53 pm by Carly Reply

    I have NEVER hiked to a waterfall! Now I'm off to find some here in Los Angeles!

  18. August 25, 2014  1:29 pm by Krystal's Kitsch Reply

    I would love to see a true waterfall. In Florida, I don't see many!

  19. August 25, 2014  2:03 pm by Dina Reply

    I've been to Fall Creek Falls. It's in my state. It's been awhile so I need to go again.

  20. August 25, 2014  2:52 pm by Ann Bacciaglia Reply

    I would have to say Niagara Falls Canada side is my absolute favorite Waterfall. Its so beautiful at night when they light it all up.

  21. August 25, 2014  8:20 pm by Brett Reply

    Waterfalls make great pictures! I've always wanted to go to Niagara Falls.

  22. August 27, 2014  12:24 am by Emily Reply

    I was thinking about taking the boy up for a kids hike in Red Rock that has a waterfall this weekend. These are really cool!

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