Machine Falls, Tennessee

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.

Directions:

  1. 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.
  2. Country Club Drive turns into Short Springs Road just outside Tullahoma.
  3. Drive a few miles to the intersectin of Short Springs Road and Powell Road.
  4. 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.
  5. 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)
Height: 60′
Length of Hike: 1.6 miles round-trip (to do the loop of three falls)

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Machine Falls in January 2016

Where in the World is Machine Falls?

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Glencar Waterfall, Ireland

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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!)

Directions:

  1. 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.)
  2. 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)
Height: 50′
Length of Hike: 0.3 miles round-trip

Where in the World is Glencar Waterfall?

Buttermilk Falls, Pennsylvania

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.

Directions:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. From there, it’s a short hike to the falls.

Accessibility: 9/10 (easy)
Height: 28′
Length of Hike: 0.2 miles round-trip

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Buttermilk (Homewood) Falls in April 2015

Where in the World is Buttermilk Falls?

Crooked Creek Falls, Alaska

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The lower portion of Crooked Creek Falls in August 2014

Crooked Creek Falls in Valdez is one of those waterfalls that isn’t advertised very well. A search doesn’t bring up any quick mention of this waterfall in Valdez, and yet it’s really tall. I should mention, this could be a different creek for all I know, but it’ definitely in Valdez.

I noticed a small cascade as I was driving by the Crooked Creek Information Center for the Chugach National Forest as I was approaching Valdez. It appeared to be 15′ tall or so, though I could tell that some of the waterfall was hidden behind the trees. Then as I was exploring Valdez when I had some time, I noticed that there was a much taller waterfall off in the distance. It was very foggy the day that I visited, so this waterfall could only be viewed when the cloud layers had cleared, but there was definitely a large waterfall, and its location would coincide with Crooked Creek. Looking at a topographic map, it seems that this whole waterfall drops about 1200′, which is quite impressive. So if you’re headed to Valdez, look for the tall waterfall that you might not expect.

Directions:

  1. There aren’t many ways to enter into Valdez. You could fly or drive or take a boat, but even then, it’s limited. If driving, you pretty much enter the city via AK-4.
  2. Along AK-4, there’s an information center for Crooked Creek in the Chugach National Forest. It’s on your right if driving into Valdez. The smaller view of the waterfall is roadside near the information center.
  3. I viewed the bigger drop from Valdez itself, looking northeast.

Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Height: ~1200′
Length of Hike: roadside

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The larger view of Crooked Creek Falls (or some creek dropping precipitously)

Where in the World is Crooked Creek Falls?

Tiffany Falls, Ontario

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Tiffany Falls in late July 2019

I had the chance this past weekend to finally visit some waterfalls in Hamilton, Ontario. It is reported that there are over 100 waterfalls in the city/region. I am recovering from some surgery, so I decided to find waterfalls that seemed to be easier hikes, just in case anything happened.

I started with Tiffany Falls because I had seen some photos that indicated that the falls were flowing. In the summer months, it isn’t always a guaranteed thing that a waterfall will be flowing, even in places that have a lot of water. I was definitely in luck because there was water flowing over the four falls I visited in the area. I visited the falls on a Sunday, and parking was at a premium. Based on visits to Tews Falls and Webster Falls on weekdays, weekday parking isn’t as much of an issue.

The hike to Tiffany Falls isn’t particularly difficult, and is a quarter of a mile from the parking area. In addition to Tiffany Falls, from Tiffany Falls, you can hike about 0.6 miles one-way to Sherman Falls, which again wasn’t a wildly difficult hike, though it did involve some stairs. Canterbury Falls is further along the trail, though I didn’t visit that waterfall.

Directions:

  1. There are multiple different ways to arrive at the falls. I was headed east from London, Ontario, so we were on ON-403 E. If you’re on ON-403 E, take exit 58 which will take you to Wilson Street.
  2. Turn left on Wilson Street W and head northeast on Wilson Street W, which will turn into Wilson Street E. The address for the Tiffany Falls Conservation Area is 900 Wilson Street E.
  3. The parking area will be to your right if you are headed northeast. There is a day fee to park there, and parking may be limited on the weekends.
  4. From there, you can follow the trail to Tiffany Falls or cross the street and follow the Bruce Trail to Sherman Falls.

Accessibility: 9/10 (easy)
Height: 69′
Length of Hike: 0.5 miles round-trip

Where in the World is Tiffany Falls?

Hamilton Falls, British Columbia

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Hamilton Falls in September 2014

Yoho National Park in British Columbia has a number of impressive waterfalls: Takakkaw Falls and Wapta Falls are two great examples. But there are a number of smaller, though still beautiful waterfalls in the park.

The hike to Hamilton Falls starts at a stunningly beautiful lake, Emerald Lake, which gets its name from the beautiful color of the water. Instead of heading toward the lake, which is still an easy stop, you’ll turn toward the mountains/hills and follow the trail to Hamilton Falls. The hike is rather short, and isn’t very difficult. The amount of water flowing over the falls wasn’t large, but there was something ethereal about the way the water carved a path through the rock. It’s not as impressive as some of the other waterfalls in the park, but I found it to be a worthwhile excursion.

Directions:

  1. From Trans-Canadian Highway 1 near Field, there will be a turn onto Emerald Lake Road. If you’re headed west, it would be a right turn.
  2. Once on Emerald Lake Road, continue to the very end of the road, where you’ll encounter a parking lot and Emerald Lake. You’ll pass by Natural Bridge Falls on the way.
  3. From the parking lot, head west toward Hamilton Falls.

Accessibility: 7/10 (easy/moderate)
Height: 100′
Length of Hike: 0.9 miles round-trip

Where in the World is Hamilton Falls?

Stewart Falls, Utah

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The lower drop of Stewart Falls in May 2013

When I visited Utah in May 2013, I was initially under the impression (I believe) that you couldn’t visit the falls since it was near the Sundance Resort. But after a bit more research, I found that there were definitely ways that you could visit Stewart Falls. Along the way, I stopped at Bridal Veil Falls, which is one of the taller waterfalls you’ll find in Utah.

The Stewart Falls Trail starts at the Aspen Grove Parking area/trail head. There are a number of trails that start here, and there may be a fee to park here (though I don’t remember that very clearly). The Stewart Falls Trail is about 1.7 miles one-way from the parking area to the falls, and along the way, there is really beautiful scenery! In early May, it wasn’t particularly hot (most of the time), and there was even some flurries up at higher elevations. I don’t remember the trail being particularly difficult, mostly moderate because of the distance hiked.

Once you reach the Stewart Falls, you’ll be able to photograph the lower plunge easily, but there is another drop above that is difficult to photograph simultaneously. So the falls are actually about 200′ tall, but it won’t appear that way in most photographs. It’s still definitely a scenic waterfall!

Directions:

  1. The Aspen Grove parking area is off of UT-92, and you can arrive at it from two different directions. I started near Provo/Orem and headed east on US-189. This was because I knew I would pass Bridal Veil Falls on my way there (or back).
  2. If you’re on US-189 headed east, you’d turn left on UT-92 and head north toward Sundance.
  3. Past Sundance is the Alpine Grove Trail Head and parking area. Park here, and then follow the Stewart Falls Trail.

Accessibility: 6/10 (moderate)
Height: 200′
Length of Hike: 3.4 miles round-trip

Where in the World is Stewart Falls?