Lower Johnston Canyon Falls, Alberta

There are a number of waterfalls in Johnston Canyon, and I’m close to writing about all the falls. This is the “lowest” of the falls, which means it is the furthest downstream. There are three middle waterfalls that are named: Tunnel Falls, Stella Falls, and Cavern Falls. Then there are two falls the furthest upstream: Upper Johnston Canyon Falls and the falls I’ve designated as “Upper” Upper Johnston Canyon Falls.

Lower Johnston Canyon Falls in August 2014

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!

Directions:

  1. 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.)
  2. 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, Massachusetts

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 in July 2015

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.

Directions:

  1. If you start from Pittsfield, start on Route 9 heading out of the city east. It’s somewhat confusing…
  2. Route 9 is still route 9, but Route 8 will merge into at some point, so it will be Route 8 and 9…
  3. 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.
  4. From the split of 8 and 9, it will be just under 2.5 miles to Wahconah Falls Road.
  5. 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

Where in the World is Wahconah Falls?

Helmock Cliffs Falls #3

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.

The third falls in Hemlock Cliffs in late March 2014

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!

Directions:

  1. From I-64, take exit 86, and head north along IN-237 (aka Main Street).
  2. After just a few miles, turn left onto Union Chapel Road and drive 2.6 miles.
  3. 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.)
  4. 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.
  5. 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)

Where in the World is Hemlock Cliffs Falls #3?

Dan yr Ogof Showcaves Waterfalls, Wales

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.

A waterfall in the Dan yr Ogof cave in June 2018

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!

Directions:

  1. The caves are northeast of Swansea by about 20 miles.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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

Other waterfalls in the cave

Where in the World are the Dan yr Ogof Showcave Waterfalls?

Seneca Falls, Pennsylvania

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).

Directions:

  1. From your starting point, get to the area around Red Rock, PA.
  2. Turn onto PA-487, heading north. Go to the entrance to Ricketts Glen and turn right into the entrance.
  3. 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.

Check out my note from Sheldon Reynolds Falls about precautions to take in Ricketts Glen.

Accessibility: 5/10 (moderate)
Height: 12′
Length of Hike: 4 miles round-trip

Seneca Falls in May 2009

Where in the World is Seneca Falls?

Horsehair Falls, Tennessee

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.

Horsehair Falls in December 2009

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.

Directions:

  1. 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.
  2. The road will lead directly to the parking area for the natural area and the Fiery Gizzard trail head.
  3. From the parking lot, follow the sounds of Foster Falls.
  4. 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.

Accessibility: 9/10 (easy)
Height: 60′
Length of Hike: 1 mile round-trip

Where in the World is Horsehair Falls?

Gufufoss, Iceland

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.

Gufufoss in June 2012

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.

Directions:

  1. From the Ring Road 1, take Road 92 and drive through Egilsstaðir. (If you’re driving south, it would be a left turn.)
  2. After a short distance, turn left onto Road 93.
  3. 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.)
  4. 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

Where in the World is Gufufoss?

Mananole Falls, Hawaii

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.

Mananole Falls in March 2012

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.

Directions:

  1. I would suggest coming from the west, starting at Kahului and driving along Route 340.
  2. Drive along Route 340, paying attention to the mile markers.  You really want to start paying attention after mile marker 6.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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

Where in the World is Mananole Falls?

Hickory Canyon Side-Falls, Missouri

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.

One of the side-falls in April 2013

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.

Directions:

  1. Driving along I-55, take exit 150.
  2. Drive along MO-32, heading west. You’ll drive for about 8 miles.
  3. Turn right on County Road C. This turn is somewhat abrupt, so pay attention! Drive about 3 miles or so to Sprott Road.
  4. 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).
  5. 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

The other side-waterfall, which is likely on the loop trail

Where in the World are the Hickory Canyon Side-Falls?

Deep Creek Falls, Kansas

In May 2020, we went on a road trip during the uncertainty of Covid. It was an interesting adventure and part of our goal was to see as many waterfalls along the way as possible, partially to avoid being indoors during that time.

We were passing through Kansas and Kansas has a number of smaller waterfalls that are often affected by manmade structures. It can be “tricky” to figure out which falls in Kansas are natural or mostly natural. There’s Geary Lake Falls near Manhattan (the Kansas one). I think that might be mostly natural, but a product of damming a lake. Deep Creek Falls is northeast of Geary Lake Falls. And Deep Creek Falls, while not tall, is actually an interesting, impressive, non-manmade waterfall.

Deep Creek Falls is found in the Pillsbury Crossing Wildlife Area. It’s a bit of a drive out in rural Kansas. The way that we were approaching the wildlife area, the suggested directions said that we should cross Deep Creek if we had an appropriate vehicle. Well, we had an SUV, but decided it was not wise to cross the creek as it was had a significant amount of water. We parked on one side of the river and then did wade through the creek to the other side of creek and back to Pillsbury Crossing Lane.

The waterfall, while only 4′ tall or so, is probably 60′ wide, so it’s a more impressive waterfall in terms of width. I found that crossing the river to the other side of the road didn’t produce the best views/photographs of the falls, but instead wading toward the crest of the falls was more useful for capturing the essence of the falls. The falls/crossing is a popular location for people to get out and enjoy the sunshine, but also cool down.

Directions:

  1. The easiest way to approach the falls from any direction is to end up on Deep Creek Road (Road 911). You can get to Deep Creek Road from I-70/US-40 exit 316 or driving from Fairmont on KS-177 and then turning on Deep Creek Road.
  2. If you’re coming from Fairmont, Deep Creek Road kind of turns into Pillsbury Crossing Road. If you’re approaching from the south, take a right onto Pillsbury Crossing Road.
  3. Drive about 2 miles until you reach Deep Creek. You can park on either side of the river, and you may be able to cross the river if it isn’t too deep or if you have a car with high suspension. You don’t need to cross the river to view the falls. It may be wise to bring water shoes or another pair of socks.

Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Height: 5′
Length of Hike: roadside (well, it breaks up the road lol)

Deep Creek Falls in May 2020

Where in the World is Deep Creek Falls?