Thursday, December 25, 2014

14 Beautiful Waterfalls in the U.S. I Bet you can guess two of them in our back yard.

From North America’s highest cascade to one that looks like it flows with chocolate, these 14 U.S. waterfalls are all worth a visit.

Palouse Falls
Palouse Falls State Park, Washington

The nearly 200-foot Palouse Falls plunges fiercely over the side of a canyon into the Palouse River. In February 2014, it was honored as the official state waterfall of Washington.

Niagara Falls, New York

What Niagara Falls lacks in height, it makes up for in length. Three separate falls comprise greater Niagara Falls, which straddles the U.S. and Canadian border between New York and Ontario. Two of them—American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls—are on the U.S. side. Together, the three falls have the highest flow rate in the world.

Marin County, California

Alamere Falls hits the coastline of Point Reyes National Seashore, technically making it a tidefall. It has a total of four drops, the longest of which is 40 feet.

Grand Falls, Navajo Nation, Arizona

The 185-foot-tall Grand Falls, also known as Chocolate Falls due to its muddy waters, is located in the Painted Desert of Arizona in Navajo Nation outside Flagstaff, Arizona.

Yosemite National Park, California

At 2,425 feet, Yosemite Falls earns top honors as the highest waterfall in North America. The cascade is broken into three sections: Upper Yosemite Fall, Middle Cascades, and Lower Yosemite Fall. Be sure to plan your visit after a winter with heavy snow, otherwise the falls might be little more than a trickle.

Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina

There’s no question how this waterfall got its name. Sliding Rock, in the Pisgah National Forest, is Mother Nature’s waterslide. You can slip your way down this 60-foot long, gently sloped waterfall all the way into the plunge pool that gathers at its base.

Kauai, Hawaii

Made famous by its cameo in Steven Spielberg’s 1993 dino classic Jurassic Park, Manawaiopuna Falls drops through the Hanapepe Valley on Kauai Island. It’s located on private property, but can be viewed on a helicopter tour.

Chattanooga, Tennessee

This underground waterfall drops 145 feet through a vertical shaft within Tennessee’s Lookout Mountain. A stream that flows 1,120 feet underground feeds the waterfall. Ruby Falls, along with the greater Lookout Mountain Caverns complex, is a registered National Historic Landmark.

Mt. Hood National Forest, Oregon

Ramona Falls resembles a veil of lace draped over the mossy rocks of Mt. Hood. The falls cascade 120 feet down the west side of the mountain over columnar basalt rocks. It can be reached on foot via the Ramona Falls Trailhead.

South Cheyenne Canyon, Colorado

With an impressive seven drops, the aptly named Seven Falls in Colorado is worth the challenging hike it takes to get there. From top to bottom, the seven falls are Ramona, Feather, Bridal Veil, Shorty, Hull, Weimer, and Hill. Cumulatively the waterfall has a total drop of 181 feet.

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Picture-perfect Havasu Falls plunges 100 feet into the Grand Canyon. The rusty canyon walls are a striking contrast to the vibrant turquoise pool that the waterfall dumps into it.

Twin Falls, Idaho

Dubbed the Niagara Falls of the West, Idaho’s Shoshone Falls drops 212 feet along the Snake River. If you’re planning to visit, aim for the spring or summer when water levels are typically at their highest.

Yosemite National Park, California

Yosemite National Park is home to an impressive number of waterfalls, but toping the list is Ribbon Fall. It plunges over the side of El Captain and at 1,612 feet, it’s the longest single-drop waterfall in North America.

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon

Multnomah Falls is the tallest cascade in the state of Oregon. Located in the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area, the waterfall has two drops that plunge approximately 542 feet and 69 feet. You can access the waterfall on foot, then marvel at it from the Benson Footbridge.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

I don't think I saw Turner Falls in southern Oklahoma.