Our top 5 favorite waterfall hikes in the United States

Waterfalls are a popular destination for hikers. When reaching a waterfall after a hike, one can’t deny the beauty of Mother Nature. It is no easy task to choose the best waterfalls, but these are OUR top 5 favorite waterfalls to hike!

Havasu Falls
Location: Arizona

Havasu Falls

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Havasu Falls is located on the Havasupai Indian Reservation in Arizona, and it attracts thousands of visitors each year. Havasu means “blue-green water.” You have to obtain a permit and make a reservation in advance to visit the stunning Havasu waterfall. The moderate 20-mile (round trip) hike is sure to be a memorable experience.

Multnomah Falls
Location: Oregon

multnomah falls

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Multnomah Falls is the most popular and visited recreation site in the Pacific Northwest. The waterfall is located on the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon. Millions of people visit the 620-ft two-drop waterfall each year. A concrete bridge separates the stunning falls, and it’s only a 0.2 mile walk. Next, you can use the 1.2 mile hiking trail from the bridge to the top of the waterfall. It’s an easy 2.6 miles (round trip) for one spectacular view.

Yosemite Falls
Location: California


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Yosemite Falls is one of the tallest waterfalls in the world, and is located in Yosemite National Park in California. The best time to visit the 2425-ft waterfall is during the spring when the waterfall is at its peak. From the Lower Yosemite Falls it’s about a 7.6 mile (round trip) hike. Depending on the trail you take, this hike can take up to 6-10 hours, but it’s absolutely worth it.

Lower Falls
Location: Wyoming

Lower Falls

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Lower Falls is a spectacular sight located in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Lower Falls are the tallest waterfall in Yellowstone. The 308-ft waterfall is the most popular in the park. There are several different views of the waterfall depending on the route you take. The hike to the top of the waterfall is less than a mile round trip. This waterfall is a must-see.

Niagara Falls
Location: New York

Niagara Falls

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Niagara Falls is one of the world’s most famous waterfalls, so it had to make the list. The 176-ft waterfall is shared by New York and Canada. There are several hiking trails to choose from, varying in length and time, so there’s a hiking trail for every age group.