Larson Creek Falls in August 2018
Larson Creek Falls was an unexpected find. Exactly a year ago, my partner, my nephew, and I were in Oregon. We stayed at an Airbnb in Pacific City, and I was wondering whether there were any waterfalls along the way back to Portland that I hadn’t visited before. Google Maps has become a pretty useful tool for finding some different waterfalls as people can add points of interest. Larson Creek Falls popped up, and we had some time to kill, so we drove along the coast and found the falls.
I wasn’t sure how easy it would be to find the falls since we went searching on a whim, but it’s actually pretty easy. There are some stairs that lead down to the beach, and then you veer a bit to the right (north), and you’re at the falls. While the falls aren’t particularly wide, they are pretty tall. If you visit the falls, though, you also get the added benefit of being right on the Pacific Ocean. Larson Creek Falls doesn’t fall directly into the Pacific. There’s a hundred feet or so between the falls and the shore. The whole package is really spectacular.
- In the map below, I’ve tagged Short Beach as the location. That’s because you want to find the trail/stairs that lead down to Short Beach. If you try to direct yourself to Larson Creek Falls, you’ll end up at a spot you can’t access. So from Tillamook, you could head west, and then southwest on OR-131. That would lead you to Netarts, and then Oceanside.
- You want to pass through Oceanside, and head north (turn right) on Cape Meares Loop. (OR-131 essentially turns into Cape Meares Loop, which then may turn into Bayshore Drive right around the parking area for the falls.)
- After 1.2 miles, you’ll come to an area where you can park on either side of the road. You’ll hopefully see a sign for Short Beach, though I don’t remember. There should be a trail on the west side of the road that then leads down to Short Beach.
- Turn right, and walk about 0.3 miles to Larson Creek Falls, which may be a bit back from the shoreline.
Accessibility: 9/10 (easy)
Length of Hike: 0.7 miles round-trip
Where in the World is Larson Creek Falls?
I struggle whether to decide to include a few waterfalls as part of the collection, but when they’re designated as falls, I usually record them. Bear Falls and the other waterfalls in the Chickasaw National Recreation Area are a bit questionable. Limestone Creek flows through the park, which is beautiful even not considering the waterfalls.
But Bear Falls and the other named waterfalls seem to have been affected greatly by humans, so it’s hard to tell whether some of the falls are natural or artificial. Bear Falls looks like it could have been natural at one time, but then they added some rocks that create a pool above the falls. It’s a bit odd, but it’s still interesting to hike and see these drops on the creek. I just don’t know that I’d go out of my way to see the falls. Turner Falls is in the area, and is a much taller waterfall, though it tends to be busier. There are a few other waterfalls that I surmise are on private land that would be very interesting to visit.
- From US-177 in Sulphur (at the intersection of OK-7), head south along US-177.
- There are two entrances that will both lead you to the same general location. The first option is to turn left onto Perimeter Road soon after that intersection. The second option is to head just under a mile south and turn left (on what might also be Perimeter Road). Why would you choose the second? Part of the drive is one-way, and the only way to get to the falls from the first entrance is to drive over the river at some point. When I was there in early March, the river over the road, and there was no way I was going to cross in my rental car. The second option avoided this river crossing.
- If you choose the second, southern option, you can drive directly to the sign for the falls for Little Niagara. The other falls can be accessed along the trail nearby. Bear Falls can also be accessed by pulling over along the road as you’re headed west toward the park exit.
Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Length of Hike: roadside
Bear Falls in March 2018
Where in the World is Bear Falls?
I visited Nova Scotia and New Brunswick three years ago, and they were both beautiful to visit. I, of course, was looking for waterfalls. In Nova Scotia, they are somewhat spread apart. I visited Wentworth Falls, which was probably my favorite of the three waterfalls I visited. Joseph Howe Falls and Waddell Falls are both in the same park, Victoria Park in Truro, and are both along the same creek, so they would classify as pretty close!
You can read my post on Waddell Falls to get more information, so I’ll just give you the rundown. Victoria Park was actually a pretty happening place. I wasn’t sure whether to expect a quiet oasis or a bustling hub, and I was surprised with a bustling hub of activity. The hike to the falls is simple and rather enjoyable, but when I visited, there wasn’t much water flowing over the falls, which is a bit surprising since I visited in May. These falls would best be viewed after rainfall, obviously, where they would probably appear rather impressive. If you happen to be in Truro, famous for its tides, this is a quick stop that doesn’t take much effort.
- This is a case where I set my GPS and followed it. Many different roads will lead you to the falls. You will want to turn onto Brunswick Street, as the park is off of Brunswick Street.
- From there, instead of turning right on Park Street, go to Palmer Street. A gravel parking area (with much easier parking) will be at the end of Palmer Street.
- Head south along the trails toward the falls. It works well if you stay on the east side of Lepper Brook. There is great signage to the falls.
Accessibility: 7/10 (easy/moderate)
Length of Hike: 0.8 miles round-trip
Joseph Howe Falls in May 2016
Where in the World is Joseph Howe Falls?
Kansas isn’t necessarily known for it’s wildly interesting waterfalls, but there are a few that exist. Bourbon Lake Falls is one of the taller waterfalls in Kansas that I could find, and Rock Creek Lake Falls (sometimes just referred to as Rock Creek Falls) is not terribly far away (about 17 miles apart). Neither of them are particularly busy at any point in time.
I found Rock Creek Lake Falls to be the most interesting of the four waterfalls I visited in Kansas. One of the waterfalls seemed wildly man-made, but I still counted it. The other two falls at least seemed more realistic, while this one seemed the most authentic. I could be terribly wrong, but I found it to be the most enjoyable to visit. (Bourbon Lake Falls was a close second.)
I visited in mid-April before the trees had leaves, and when comparing it to other photos, it definitely has a different feel to it then. April might be one of the better times to view it due to water flow, but then again, in the photo with green leaves, there’s way more water…
- From Fort Scott (and US-69), figure out how to head west on W 18th Street, which then changes names to just 18th Street, then to Kansas Road, and then to 195th Street.
- When it’s 195th Street, it veers to the left, heading south. Continue on this road for a short distance.
- As you’re approaching Rock Creek Lake, you’ll pass Justice Lane on your left, and then shortly after that, you’ll see a road on your right that hugs the north edge of Rock Creek Lake, turn on this road and head to the end. There’s parking there, and then it’s a short hike to the falls.
Accessibility: 9/10 (easy)
Length of Hike: 0.3 miles round-trip
Rock Creek Lake Falls in April 2014
Where in the World is Rock Creek Lake Falls?
When I stopped at Short Springs Natural Area, I knew there were a number of waterfalls to be seen. Upper Busby Falls and Lower Busby Falls are more difficult to view, though, so they don’t end up being the main attraction. I started passing by those two falls, and I was maybe a bit disappointed that they weren’t extremely interesting.
As I continued along the loop that leads to Machine Falls, I didn’t realize that I was going to come to a waterfall that was much more interesting. Machine Falls is everything that the other two are not. You can view Machine Falls really well. You can get up-close and personal with the falls instead of standing at a distance. Machine Falls was a real treat after the other two falls.
- Short Springs Natural Area is between Tullahoma and Manchester, with it being a bit closer to Tullahoma. From Tullahoma, figure out how to get to Country Club Drive, which heads northeast from the city.
- Country Club Drive turns into Short Springs Road just outside Tullahoma.
- Drive a few miles to the intersectin of Short Springs Road and Powell Road.
- Turn left onto Powell Road (if headed northeast), and then immediately pull into the parking area on your left. This is the parking area and trail head to the falls. There is a large water tower to the right if you’re in the correct spot.
- You can decide to hike just to Machine Falls or do a loop to the Busby Falls. There is another connected trail that leads to Adams Falls, but I didn’t do that, I’m guessing because of time limitations.
Accessibility: 8/10 (easy/moderate)
Length of Hike: 1.6 miles round-trip (to do the loop of three falls)
Machine Falls in January 2016
Where in the World is Machine Falls?
Glencar Waterfall in May 2014
In May 2014, I flew into Dublin, Ireland, and took a less conventional route around the island. I wanted to visit both Ireland and Northern Ireland, and started my route by heading from Dublin north, I then looped around the northern part of the island, ending up back in Dublin about a week later. One of the waterfalls that is very close to both Northern Ireland and Ireland is the Glencar waterfall a bit outside of Sligo.
Glencar Falls is not far from two of the main thoroughfares, N15 and N16, and so it is relatively easy to arrive at the falls, though you are in a relatively isolated area compared to Dublin. Once you drive to the falls, which involves passing the stunning Glencar Lough, it’s easy to park and then hike to the falls. I do believe it did involve a bit of uphill hiking on the way there, but it’s a short hike. (Just in searching, I guess there’s another waterfall near this called the Devil’s Chimney, also also near Glencar Lough, so you may want to check that one out!)
- It looks like the most obvious road to the falls might be uni-directional for one part, so I would suggest using the map below to find directions to the falls. (Search Glencar Waterfall on Google maps if needed.)
- There is a parking area across the street, and you need to cross the street and head uphill to find the falls.
Accessibility: 8/10 (easy/moderate)
Length of Hike: 0.3 miles round-trip
Where in the World is Glencar Waterfall?
I don’t 100% remember how I stumbled upon Buttermilk Falls, but at the time I recorded this, I listed it by it’s alternate name, Homewood Falls. Buttermilk Falls is used as a waterfall name so widely in the northeast that it’s terribly boring, so I wish Homewood Falls stuck more, but it is found in the Buttermilk Falls Natural Area. I don’t remember that sign, but it’s pretty prominent at the entrance (from photos I’ve seen).
I visited the falls in April 2015, so I feel like I should remember them better, but looking at the photos, I realize that this Buttermilk Falls is surprisingly beautiful. It doesn’t require a short hike, and so sometimes I don’t visit the waterfall as long as when it’s a long hike, so it becomes easy to forget. Also, there are a number of waterfalls on the west side of the state, but they are separated enough that it can be difficult to stop and see many waterfalls in a day. This is actually one that I would recommend stopping and visiting because it is a short hike and it is beautiful.
- Buttermilk Falls is very close to the intersection of I-76 (one of Pennsylvania Turnpikes) and PA-18. It appears there is an exit off the turnpike into Homewood.
- If you exited I-76, you would want to head just south of the intersection, and the entrance to the Buttermilk Falls Park (Natural Area) would be on the right (if heading south) on PA-18.
- From there, it’s a short hike to the falls.
Accessibility: 9/10 (easy)
Length of Hike: 0.2 miles round-trip
Buttermilk (Homewood) Falls in April 2015
Where in the World is Buttermilk Falls?