Québec is not a province that is advertised as having many waterfalls. I decided to take my husband to Québec City for his birthday, and one of the perks is that there are many more waterfalls that one might expect, even in and around the city. If you head outside of the city, mostly northeast of Québec City, but a few south, you’ll find even more waterfalls.
To get to the falls, you will either have to drive to Québec or get a rental car. There are probably a lot more options for rental cars near Montréal, but there aren’t really any major waterfalls in or near that city, so you’d have to drive an hour or so north to even find some falls. The Québec airport is smaller and there are fewer options, but you’ll be closer to the falls. Driving in from the northeast US is also another option.
The first falls we stopped at is simply called Les Cascades. I don’t seem to find any more interesting name attached to them. They’re found near Parc Armand-Grenier or along Parc de la Rivière-Beauport. From Parc Armand-Grenier, it is a very short hike down some stairs to see the falls, so that is the option/park I refer to in the directions.
Les Cascades are the smallest of the five falls I visited in the Québec City region over two days. They’re still impressive and not at all difficult to find.
It’s easier to explain if you’re heading east along Autoroute 40 E. If you’re headed east, take exit 319.
After taking exit 319, turn left onto Rue Cambronne.
After 350 meters, turn right onto Avenue des Cascades and turn into Parc Armand-Grenier.
There is no cost to visit. After parking, head toward the river and there will be a trail and some stairs leading down to the falls.
If you’re headed west along Autoroute 40 W, you’ll have to take exit 320 and then do a number of right turns: first right onto Rue Clemenceau, then right onto Rue Seigneuriale, and then right onto Rue Cambronne. You’ll then go 1.3 km to Avenue des Cascades.
Accessibility: 9/10 (easy, some stairs) Height: 33′ Distance of Hike: 0.1 miles round trip
As you might be able to figure out, Johnston Canyon is pretty awesome if you want to see waterfalls. And they’re really beautiful. The hike to view solely Lower Johnston Canyon Falls is 0.6 miles one-way. If you want to continue on to see the other falls, it is 1.7 miles one-way. The hike to the falls is pretty cool. There is a boardwalk that is built next to the canyon and at many points, you’re walking over or very close to the river.
It was very busy the day I visited. There was no parking available in the designated parking area and so I had to park on the main road somewhat distant from the trailhead. The hike is worth it, even to the lower falls. The one thing I will remember distinctly is families trying to push strollers down the boardwalk. It is a great hike for kids that can walk, but the boardwalk is just not big enough for strollers!
This isn’t a particularly difficult set of waterfalls to find, with one minor hitch. The trail head is along of the Bow Valley Parkway (Highway 1A). If you’re driving along the Transcanadian Highway 1, there are limited entrances/connections onto 1A. In order to find the falls, you can either enter onto 1A a few miles after leaving Banff. You will be heading west if you take this exit, and the trail head will be on your right after driving for a while. (You can also exit at the junction of Transcanadian Highway 1 and Alberta 93. Instead of heading south, though, head north for a short distance. Then turn right and drive for 6.4 km. The parking area will be on your left.)
I mention a parking area, but as I said, that parking area was completely full. There were at least a hundred or so cars (possibly more) parked on the sides of 1A, so that’s where I parked. It added a little bit longer to the walk, but it wasn’t much.
Accessibility: 9/10 (easy) Height: 30′ Distance of Hike: 1.2 miles round trip
Where in the World is Lower Johnston Canyon Falls?
Wahconah Falls is not a waterfall that triggers any significant memories. I’ve looked at photos and they don’t click. That might sound odd to mention that, but sometimes I find it useful. I remember the unique, unusual, or difficult waterfalls. Viewing Wahconah Falls wasn’t difficult, since the exhausting hikes, are well…exhausting.
Wahconah Falls isn’t far outside Pittsfield, which is in the far west of Massachusetts in the Berkshires. It’s easily accessed off of a main road and there is a designated parking area for the state park. I don’t think there was any cost to view the falls. Once you’re parked, the hike to the falls is short and sweet. I don’t think I hung around long.
I’ve found in New England that some of the waterfalls in July and August don’t flow much, but Wahconah Falls was flowing well in July 2015. In the spring as the snow is melting, you’re likely to be greeted with a more intense waterfall.
If you start from Pittsfield, start on Route 9 heading out of the city east. It’s somewhat confusing…
Route 9 is still route 9, but Route 8 will merge into at some point, so it will be Route 8 and 9…
Dalton is to the east of Pittsfield, once you pass through Dalton, Route 8 and 9 split again. Stay on Route 9 heading northeast. Oddly enough, Route 9 will also be Route 8A.
From the split of 8 and 9, it will be just under 2.5 miles to Wahconah Falls Road.
Turn right onto Wahconah Falls Road and you will come to the parking area for the falls.
Accessibility: 9/10 (easy) Height: 40′ Length of Hike: 0.4 miles round-trip
Hemlock Cliffs is one of those surprising places you should visit if the time is right. If you visit when it’s been very dry, the area is still beautiful, but there won’t be much going on in waterfall terms. If you show up right after a good rain, as I did, then you’ll be in for a treat.
I spent much more time here than I expected because it had just rained. There were so many nooks and crannies to explore. In total, I found four clear waterfalls: #1, #2, #3 here, and the Side-Falls (which I’m not sure why I didn’t call it #4?). The first two are distinct plunge falls. The third is different as it more of a cascade. They’re about 30′ tall, so they’re not huge, but when you’re not expecting waterfalls, they can be very impressive!
From I-64, take exit 86, and head north along IN-237 (aka Main Street).
After just a few miles, turn left onto Union Chapel Road and drive 2.6 miles.
Continue along County Road 8, which was Union Chapel, but changes to Hatfield Road. (There’s a veer to the right as the road changes names.)
Continue along Hatfield Road until you reach the National Forest Service Road to the Hemlock Cliffs. The signage along the way is great, so just keep looking for “Hemlock Cliffs”. The NFS Road is narrow and leads to a parking area.
From the parking area, you can head in two directions, as the trail forms a loop. You’ll see both falls along the way.
Accessibility: 7/10 (easier when dry, but not as exciting) Height: 30′ Hike: 1 mile (round trip)
If you like caves, Dan yr Ogof National Showcaves Center for Wales is the place to be. It’s a really cool visit with caves, waterfalls, and other fun things to observe. There are three named caves, and the Dan yr Ogof Cave has waterfalls inside the cave.
The caves are lit partially so the falls take on the lighting of the caves. It makes for both a beautiful view, but it can also be difficult to photograph the falls. I took some pictures with my Nikon DSLR camera and also some with my Pixel smartphone, which consistently takes good photographs. There isn’t really a whole lot more to say except enjoy the caves and waterfalls!
The caves are northeast of Swansea by about 20 miles.
Essentially, you will stay on road A4067 for nearly all of the way. We didn’t stay in Swansea, but instead in Neath, so if you are starting somewhere else, plan accordingly.
We did park somewhat distant from the entrance. It wasn’t a difficult walk to get to the entrance and I believe they had assistance for people that needed it.
There is an entrance fee to get into the Showcaves and other attractions.
Accessibility: 8/10 (easy/moderate) Height: 50′ Length of Hike: 0.5 miles round-trip
Where in the World are the Dan yr Ogof Showcave Waterfalls?
I’ve published over 800 posts about waterfalls, and this past year I realized that I probably should have combined some of the waterfalls together as they can be viewed together. It becomes a bit tedious to write about these when I come back to some waterfalls 10 or 12 years later, and I could have just combined some into one.
The waterfalls in Ricketts Glen are tricky, though. There’s a trail and it leads you past 20+ waterfalls. So I now have written about a significant number of individual waterfalls in Ricketts Glen. I guess that indicates that Ricketts Glen is a spectacular place to visit to see waterfalls. There are only a few other locations…Silver Falls State Park in Oregon pops into my head…where you can see so many waterfalls at once.
So here’s Seneca Falls. It’s really impressive that so many different types/shapes of waterfalls can be found in Ricketts Glen State Park. This one isn’t tall, but it has two distinct drops: a cascade and then a wide plunge falls. So if you haven’t visited Ricketts Glen, head out there. Bring bug/tick spray since this seems to be where I’ve run into most of the ticks (in eastern Pennsylvania).
From your starting point, get to the area around Red Rock, PA.
Turn onto PA-487, heading north. Go to the entrance to Ricketts Glen and turn right into the entrance.
Follow the signs to the Falls Trail. You can access the Falls Trail using the Lake Rose parking area or Beach Lot #2 parking area, though you’ll be starting on different creeks. Start your hike on the loop by connecting into the Falls Trail.
Horsehair Falls is an interesting waterfall that comes “free” with a visit to Foster Falls. Most people would be visiting Foster Falls, which is a very impressive waterfall. As you’re wandering around to get photos of Foster Falls, you’ll find Horsehair Falls, which isn’t as visually stunning, but is a nice addition to the stop.
There are three viewpoints that I mention to view Foster Falls (the link above). The third viewpoint, which is on the opposite side of the river from the official viewpoint of Foster Falls, allows for a good view of Horsehair Falls. It is definitely worth the short hike to view the falls. Be careful, though. There are no barriers on this side of the river and the drop is steep.
Foster and Horsehair Falls are at one end of the Fiery Gizzard Trail, which is a longer hiking trail. At the other end of the trail, you can find a number of waterfalls, which are smaller in size. It’s still fun to explore, but I preferred Foster and Horsehair Falls.
Travel along US-41 in between Jasper and Tracy City. Driving north from Jasper, the turn toward Foster Falls Natural Area will be on your left after about 7.5 miles. It is almost equidistant from Tracy City.
The road will lead directly to the parking area for the natural area and the Fiery Gizzard trail head.
From the parking lot, follow the sounds of Foster Falls.
Continue along the trail until you are on the opposite side of the river where you’ll get another view of Foster Falls and will be able to see Horsehair Falls.
Reykjavík is the city that many people will check out when visiting Iceland, and many of the attractions are in the general vicinity of Reykjavík. If you have a chance to head out, you’ll find a plethora of other amazingness! On the opposite side of the country/island, you’ll find Egilsstaðir. Since most of the population is in Reykjavík, there aren’t many people in Egilsstaðir, though you’ll find all of the necessary amenities.
Fardagafoss is on the outskirts of Egilsstaðir. If you continue along Road 93 toward Seyðisfjörður, you’ll start climbing an overpass. I remember the rental car I was driving making alert noises that the temperature was dropping. It wasn’t wildly warm to begin with in June. As you start heading downhill, it does start to get warmer. Gufufoss “appears” shortly after starting downhill, so I recall it was chilly and windy when stopping to view Gufufoss. You may be able to get the sense of how windy since the water was being blown by the wind.
There is a pull-off to view the falls on the right side of the road (if you’re headed toward Seyðisfjörður). Gufufoss is difficult to view as you’re heading downhill, and you may suddenly notice it in your rearview mirror. One option is to pull off if you recognize the parking area. The other option is to go into Seyðisfjörður. You have to head back up Road 93 unless you’re never leaving Seyðisfjörður, so heading uphill, you’ll see the falls and then you can pull over.
From the Ring Road 1, take Road 92 and drive through Egilsstaðir. (If you’re driving south, it would be a left turn.)
After a short distance, turn left onto Road 93.
Drive on Road 93 for a short distance, and then veer (turn) right to continue along Road 93. (Don’t continue forward on Road 94.)
Continue along Road 93 over the mountain pass and head toward Seyðisfjörður. Look for the waterfall on the south side of the road.
Accessibility: 10/10 (easy) Height: 39′ Length of Hike: roadside
I have to admit I’m not sure why I got so excited for a waterfall that was way off in the distance. But, Mananole Falls is different.
I guess the first reason to get excited is you’re on Maui, one of the Hawaiian Islands! It’s a spectacular place to visit. The second reason…to see the falls, you’ll be hiking on the beautiful Waihe’e Ridge Trail. It’s a consistent uphill climb to see the falls and it’s honestly worth it. Along the way, you’ll see Upper Makamaka’ole Falls from a distance. Continue along the rail and you’ll get a glimpe of Mananole Falls.
You’re not going to get close to Mananole Falls, but you’ll get a sense of how tall it is because of how distant you are. It is approaching 1000′ tall. You’ll only get a portion of the falls, but it made me realize just how tall some of the fascinating mountains are on the island and that these waterfalls collect enough water from all of the rain.
I would suggest coming from the west, starting at Kahului and driving along Route 340.
Drive along Route 340, paying attention to the mile markers. You really want to start paying attention after mile marker 6.
About 0.9 of a mile after mile marker 6, there will be a pretty sharp curve (common on Maui), and right after that, you’ll come to a sign for Mahulia Boy Scout Camp. Carefully turn left onto that road.
The road is pretty narrow, but keep driving down this paved road for 3/4 of a mile to the parking area. It will be relatively obvious, and you may notice the paved path leading uphill.
Park, and start hiking up the Waihe’e Ridge Trail.
Accessibility: 4/10 (moderate/difficult, steep at first) Height: 1000′ Length of Hike: 5 miles round-trip on Waihe’e Ridge Trail to get a glimpse of the falls
Hickory Canyon is an impressive place to find waterfalls in Missouri. I’ll refer you to Hickory Canyon Falls, which is the main waterfall in the Natural Area.
As you’re wandering around at the right time, after a good rainfall, you’re likely to find some other waterfalls in the Hickory Canyon Natural Area. On one side of Sprott Road, which passes through the natural area, you’ll find the “main” falls, and possibly one of these smaller waterfalls I noticed. On the other side of the road, there is a hiking trail which is a 1 mile loop. That’s where I found another waterfall. I have to admit, I’m not specifically sure where these two side-falls were, so that will be the fun adventure if you decide to visit.
There is some elevation change in the natural area, so be careful when exploring. It is a somewhat isolated place on a gravel road. When I visited the falls in 2013, I knew of Mina Sauk Falls, but now with Google and Google Maps being even more accessible, there are a few other similar and/or smaller waterfalls in the vicinity. I think it’s really dependent on visiting after a good rainfall.
Driving along I-55, take exit 150.
Drive along MO-32, heading west. You’ll drive for about 8 miles.
Turn right on County Road C. This turn is somewhat abrupt, so pay attention! Drive about 3 miles or so to Sprott Road.
Turn left onto Sprott Road (the only option!). Head just less than 2 miles down the road. There will be a parking area on the left. This parking area is almost impossible to miss. It’s the only real clearing along most of the road (before arriving at houses later on the road).
The trail to the falls is at the left edge of the parking area. The other, longer trail is found on the opposite side of the road. Both are marked with signs.
(Sprott Road can also be accessed from County Road EE. The drive to the parking area is just less than 2 miles.)
Accessibility: 6/10 (moderate, some steep parts) Height: both around 20′ Length of Hike: 1.5 miles round-trip
Where in the World are the Hickory Canyon Side-Falls?