Where Are the Largest Waterfalls in the U.S.?
The United States has its fair share of pristine, rushing waterfalls. All across the country, you’ll find hundreds of waterfalls that will take your breath away. But actually getting to some of these natural wonders can be difficult. Some of the largest waterfalls are tucked away in remote locations. Here’s a guide for finding the tallest waterfalls in America.
Alamere Falls – Point Reyes National Seashore, CA
Alamere Falls is one of the more accessible waterfalls in the U.S. It’s located right on the beach with a drop-off of nearly 40 feet. The trip begins at the Palomarin Trailhead in Bolinas, CA. Once you arrive, you’ll see a small parking lot with some adjacent bathrooms. The trail is 8.4 miles round trip, which should take you a few hours depending on how often you stop to enjoy the scenery. Aside from a couple of steep points, most of the trail is relatively flat as it weaves closer to the Pacific Ocean. You’ll be glad that you made the trip when you see the massive falls rushing down on the beach.
Havasu Falls – Havasupai Indian Reservation, AZ
Nestled near the Grand Canyon, Havasu Falls is unlike anything else in the country. You’ll need to park at the Hualapai Hilltop in the Supai Village, just a few miles past Peach Springs, AZ, off of Indian Route 18. The overall hike is about 10 miles to the falls. You’ll see two massive sheets of water pouring down from a ragged orange cliff. The drop is just under 100 feet. The area is covered in blue-green waters thanks to the Havasu Creek. You can rest for the journey home at the small adjacent picnic area. Remember to take your time on the trail. This hike is not for the faint of heart.
Multnomah Falls – Columbia River Gorge, OR
With a drop-off of 620 feet, Multnomah Falls easily ranks as one of the most awe-inspiring waterfalls in the U.S. The biggest challenge you’ll face when trying to see the falls is finding a place to park. This natural wonder is extremely popular with tourists, and it’s easy to see why. Once you park, just walk toward the concrete structure at the edge of the Columbia River Gorge. Depending on how cold it is, you’ll probably have to worm your way through some dense crowds to get a good view of the falls. There are also two trails that you can take to get closer to the waterfall. Just 1.2 miles long, the first hike takes you up to a concrete bridge that runs along the center of the falls. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can hike an extra five miles and go all the way to the top of the falls. The view from the top will not leave you disappointed.
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