America’s Best Waterfall Hikes Worth the Trip

Summer is fast approaching and it’s time to hit the trails. There is nothing better on a hot summer’s day than a stroll that ends with views of the amazing waterfall. Bonus points if you get swimming hole to finally calm down. With so many options out there, we thought we’d save you a little work. Here, we’ve rounded up some of the best waterfall picnics the states have to offer. Hopefully you can beat them all.

Havasu Falls
Havasu Falls Unsplash / Jan Cronis

1. Havasu Falls

Grand Canyon, Arizona

One of the most amazing and beautiful waterfalls in the world, Havasu Falls It takes some planning and hard work to get there. Located on Indian Havasupai ReservationIn order to visit the falls, you must obtain a permit months in advance, as well as a reservation for camping or lodges. From the trail at Hualapai Hilltop, it’s approximately 10 miles to the falls with approximately 1,800 feet of elevation change in the first two miles. But once you reach the blue-green waterfalls against the red rocky background, it’s worth it.

*Note: Havasu Falls is currently closed until February 2022 due to COVID-19, but check the website if there is a change

Al-Rubaie Val
Al-Rubaie Val Unsplash / Cam Adams

2. Al-Rubaie Fall

Yosemite National Park, California

No list of waterfalls is complete without one of the famous Yosemite Falls. Located in the east of Yosemite Valley, hiking Al-Rubaie Val Short but scenic. Round trip, the hike to the footbridge is only 1.6 miles and the top of the falls accessed via the Mist Trail is 2.4 miles. Both offer up close and amazing views of the falls, and the short trek makes them ideal for families. If you’re feeling adventurous, continue up the Mist Trail a few more miles to see the Nevada Falls. This trip is very popular, so you’ll want to start early if you want to avoid crowds.

rainbow waterfalls
rainbow waterfalls Unsplash / Chloe Lis

3. Rainbow Falls

Hilo, Hawaii

When it comes to waterfall hikes, Hawaii is never in short supply. appropriately rainbow waterfalls Located off Rainbow Drive, the falls are easily visible from the parking area. They fly over a lava cave that, according to legend, is the home of Hina, the Hawaiian moon goddess. If you visit the falls early in the morning, you’ll likely see a rainbow (or two). If you want to get an actual picnic, venture to the top of the falls for a new perspective and continue upstream to view a second set of falls: Pe’epe’e . Falls.

Lower Oneonta Falls
Lower Oneonta Falls Until

4. Lower Oneonta Falls

Oneonta George, Oregon

Oregon is home to a number of picturesque waterfalls, and Lower Oneonta Falls It is definitely the top of the chart. The trek to the falls takes less than a mile round trip, but requires scrambling on rocks, tree logs, and swimming, depending on the water level. The water can be cold, so be careful and plan your trip during the warmer summer months. Once you reach the falls, you will be rewarded with 100- views.Footfall cascades down volcanic rocks coated with moss and ferns.

*Check the site to be closed due to wildfires

Amicalola Falls
Amicalola Falls Gael

5. Amicalola Falls

Dawsonville, Georgia

Located in Chattahoochee National Forest, hiking Amicalola Falls It is one of the most popular places in the state. A fun hiking trip, this 2.1-mile round-trip adventure includes a series of bridges and stairs. It offers stunning views of the 730-foot waterfalls and surrounding trees. If you want to explore more, the national forest is home to a number of longer trails, with great views of the surrounding mountains. The hikes are crowded, so be sure to arrive early if you want to catch a glimpse of Georgia’s tallest waterfalls without the crowds.

Photography by IK

6. Cumberland Falls

Cumberland Falls State Park, Kentucky

Southeast Kentucky Cumberland Falls It is often referred to as the Niagara of the South due to its impressive display. Cumberland Falls State Resort Park is home to 17 miles of hiking trails, but the falls are just a short stroll from the parking area. As its nickname suggests, the falls are vast, measuring 125 feet wide and seven stories tall. One of the waterfalls’ most unique features is the occasional rainbow, or moon rainbow that can be seen at the full moon during clear nights.

Bridal veil waterfalls
Bridal veil waterfalls Jeremy Janus

7. Bridal veil waterfalls

Telluride, Colorado

Tallest Free Fall Falls in all of Colorado, Bridal veil waterfalls It attracts visitors from all over the world. Beginning in the parking area just after Pandora Mill, the four-mile round-trip route follows a series of shifts. You’ll get views of the historic power plant and Telluride Valley before eventually reaching the falls. After navigating the short but steep trail, you’ll enjoy views of the 365-foot-high waterfalls that cascade down a square valley.

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