There is something about the sights and sounds of falling water in nature that seems to attract us. It isn’t unusual for us to have hiked for miles and even taken long air trips just to experience a particular waterfall. Maybe it is a combination of the pure power of falling water combined with a feeling of its endurance and consistency that draws us to the spectacle. Here we take this opportunity to offer a few of our favorites.
KATOOMBA FALLS in the Blue Mountains of Australia can be seen easily from the Katoomba Cascades walk as well as the Scenic World overlook.
GIBBON FALLS Yellowstone. Located in an environment of rocky cliffs and scrubby pines. It’s just off the road between Madison and Norris Junctions, the stunning Gibbon Falls is an easy drive from the park’s entrance at West Yellowstone. If you’re lucky, you may be able to glimpse (and hear) the falls from your vehicle. But do yourself a favor and park. It only takes a few steps into the woods to reveal the full beauty of the falls, which cascade 84 feet into a small, clear pool.
HICKORY NUT FALLS, Chimney Rock, North Carolina is a 404 ft. tall falls at Chimney Rock State Park is one of the highest waterfalls east of the Mississippi. Take a woodland hike on an easy 3/4-mile trail to enjoy an up-close view at its base from a platform.
TRAFALAGRAR FALLS, Dominica, W.I. These famous twin waterfalls are a 20-minute drive from Roseau. It’s a short 10 to 15 minute walk along a well-maintained path to the visitor reception area, where you can photograph both falls from a viewing platform. As you walk the path, be sure to stop at the warm spring that flows across the trail.
SNOQUALMIE FALLS Washington state is a 270 foot waterfall and the state’s most popular natural attraction. The falls is a two-acre park with observation deck along with the Salish Lodge.
SLIDE ROCK CASCADE in Slide Rock State Park, Arizona. It features a natural rock water slide located in Oak Creek Canyon and is just 15 minutes from the town of Sedona. Probably the most fun you can have outside an amusement park.
MONTMORENCY FALLS, Canada. The falls are at the mouth of the Montmorency River where it puts on a major show as it drops over the cliff into the Saint Lawrence River. It’s opposite the western end of the Île d’Orleans where the waterfall drops 272 feet.