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?

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Upper Battle Creek Falls, Utah

I’ll refer you to Battle Creek Falls for more information about which trails to follow. It is a really nice waterfall in the Salt Lake City area close to Provo. The hike to the lower, larger falls isn’t too difficult to hike to. I had read that there was another smaller waterfall upstream and so I decided to keep hiking along the trail.

Upper Battle Creek Falls wasn’t an additional difficulty to get to, except for the added 0.4 miles one-way on the trail. If you enjoy hiking, I would say continue to the Upper Falls. If you are limited for time, I would say skip this waterfall. This falls is only 5′ or so feet tall, though looking at pictures, I realized it’s enchanting! It’s a photogenic waterfall, even though it is smaller.

Directions:

  1. The easiest way to navigate to the falls is to find the intersection of E 200 S St and S 1500 E St in Pleasant Grove.
  2. You will continue east along E 200 S St along a short dirt road to the parking area.
  3. Find Battle Creek Trail No. 50, and head northeast along the trail. After 0.5 miles or so, you should reach Battle Creek Falls. Continue along for another 0.4 miles to find Upper Battle Creek Falls.

Accessibility: 5/10 (moderate)
Height: 5′
Length of Hike: 1.8 miles round-trip

Upper Battle Creek Falls in May 2013

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Cascata de Pisões, Portugal

I don’t think many Americans make a point to visit waterfalls when visiting Portugal. We are unique Americans…we found a few waterfalls. One of them, Cascata De Fervença, required a bit of effort transportation-wise, to visit. Cascata de Pisões requires a bit of a longer walk, but is easier to get to using public transportation.

Cascata de Pisões in December 2019

We visited Lisbon in December, which honestly was an enjoyable time to visit. The temperatures were comfortable, though the area did get hit with strong storms a few of the days. We decided to head out to Sintra, which is a popular destination outside Lisbon. You can take a train to Sintra, with many options from Lisbon. It’s about an hour train ride or 30 minutes by car.

Once you get to Sintra, it’s a short walk to the falls down some of the roads in Sintra. The walk to the falls was very enjoyable. When you arrive at the falls, it’s a small waterfall, but it is interesting to visit. There may be other waterfalls in Portugal that are more interesting to visit. This is a waterfall, though, that is in a popular location with many other attractions to visit.

Directions:

  1. As I mentioned, we started out in Lisbon. Lisbon has what is called the Lisboa Card, which allows for unlimited travel on the subway/metro, bus, tram, and trains. We purchased the 72 hour option, and then use the metro to get to the train, and the train to get to Sintra.
  2. When you get off the train in Sintra, it will be helpful to use your GPS/smart phone to help navigate some of the winding roads.
  3. You’ll pass through the main square of Sintra, and then end up on N375 heading west. The waterfall will be on the left.

Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Height: 10′
Length of Hike: 1.2 miles round-trip

Where in the World is Cascata de Pisões?

Skarvefossen, Norway

Off one of the main roads (or paved, traversable roads) in Norway, you can veer off on another paved road. I’m not exactly sure why the road exists, as I don’t remember there being much along this road except waterfalls. So it’s pretty cool this road will lead you to some pretty impressive waterfalls. The main one you’d probably focus on is Skjervsfossen, which is an impressive waterfall “separated” by the road. About 6 kilometers from Skjervsfossen is an easily missed waterfall that is about the same height, Skarvefossen.

Skarvefossen in May 2015

These are waterfalls that can be viewed from the car, and in many cases must be viewed from the car. When I visited in 2015, I don’t remember being able to stop and walk to either falls. It looks like now that might be possible for Skjervsfossen. For Skarvefossen, you just have to be on the lookout for the falls. If you’re driving downhill (east), Skarvefossen will be on the left. It’s almost 400′, so I’ll say it’s difficult to miss. I think I was able to stop on the road to take photos as this road wasn’t busy at all.

A few minutes after I photographed Skarvefossen, I have photos of other waterfalls that must be along the road (in the valley?). I’ve included them here, though I don’t know what their names are. One of them is a wispy falls and there many ribbons next to it. The other would probably be classified as a waterfall with a name, though sometimes with so many waterfalls, the “less impressive” ones don’t get the honor of a name.

Directions:

  1. The road, Skjersvegen, is off of Route 13 southeast of Vossevangen. The main road that you’d be on, likely, is E16. Route 13 meets E16 in Vossevangen.
  2. Once you turn on Route 13 heading southeast, you’ll drive for about 10 kilometers to Skjersvegen. If you’re following these directions, the road will be on your left.
  3. Turn left onto Skjersvegen. You will head downhill, and some of the road is very curvy. You will pass Skjervsfossen. Drive about 6 kilometers further and you’ll see Skarvefossen and some of the other falls.
  4. If you’re coming from the opposite direction, you’ll arrive at Skarvefossen first and it will be on your right.

Accessibility: 10/10 (Easy)
Height: 390′
Length of Hike: roadside

Other falls east of Skarvefossen

Where in the World is Skarvefossen?

Picture Frame Falls, Washington

In Mount Rainier, there is no lack of waterfalls. Some are very impressive, and then there are a few that you will stumble upon since there are so many sources of water. Picture Frame Falls is in the second category. It was not a waterfall I was looking for, but instead noticed it when driving by to some other falls.

Picture Frame Falls in July 2018

Stevens Canyon Road passes by a number of these falls. Ruby Falls is near the start of the road in Paradise. I missed that one on the map…cell service is nonexistent in the area, as is completely understandable. Upper Sunbeam Falls is a waterfall that can be viewed from the road. And then you can find Picture Frame Falls. You might be able to see Martha Falls, from the road, but that was another waterfall I was unaware of.

Picture Frame Falls is on Stevens Creek, and you can find a pull-off for parking by looking for a sign for Stevens Creek. I walked across the road to get a better view of the falls. The falls were somewhat blocked by vegetation, but even then they’re not significantly tall, though in another state with fewer waterfalls, Picture Frame Falls would be exciting!

Directions:

  1. If you are in Paradise, you would turn down Stevens Canyon Road and the falls will be about 4.5 miles from that turn (the intersection of Paradise Valley Road or Paradise Road). The falls will be on your left, but the parking are will be on your right.
  2. If you are coming from the east of the park, you will turn WA-123 onto Stevens Canyon Road and then the falls would be on the right, but the parking area will be on the left.
  3. I would recommend checking the Mount Rainier page to see if you can drive into the park. You may be able to access the falls from WA-123, but access to Paradise is often unavailable until the weather is appropriate.

Accessibility: 10/10 (Easy)
Height: 26′
Length of Hike: roadside

Where in the World is Picture Frame Falls?

Cascade Falls, South Dakota

Cascade Falls is an interesting waterfall. It’s not tall, even when compared to the other waterfalls in the area. It’s wider than some of the other falls. To me, the thing that catches my eye is the rock that makes up the drop on the river. I think it must come from the minerals in the springs surrounding the falls. It almost looks manmade, but seems to be a product of nature.

There is a designated park (JH Keith Cascade Falls Picnic Area), so it’s not difficult to find. Once you get to the parking area, it’s a rather easy walk to the falls. I’ve read that the falls are a popular swimming place in the river. The water isn’t wildly warm, but it sounds like it’s consistently warm enough to swim in. I didn’t try to swim in early May even though it was warm enough.

Directions:

  1. The falls are south of Hot Springs, where you can find Kidney Springs Falls and possibly another waterfall.
  2. Drive south along SD-71 for 10 miles from Hot Springs. JH Keith Cascade Falls Picnic Area will be on your right if you are heading south.
  3. From the parking area, walk west toward Cascade Creek.

Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Height: 6′
Length of Hike: 0.2 miles round-trip

Cascade Falls in May 2016

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Slaughter Ravine Falls, California

Slaughter Ravine Falls was not a waterfall I was searching for…it found me. I was visiting California and before a conference, I flew into Sacramento. I headed northeast along I-80 to visit a friend in Colfax. They showed me around Colfax, and as we were going downhill toward the North Fork of the American River, I noticed a rather large waterfall. I didn’t get a chance to photograph the waterfall then, so I headed back downhill.

Slaughter Ravine Falls in March 2016

There really isn’t an official parking area or a sign for the approximately 300′ waterfall, which I guess in northern California might not be surprising since there are a lot of tall and impressive waterfalls. There is a parking area before you cross over the American River, but I don’t think it’s designated for the falls. I don’t remember if I stopped here to get a photo of the falls or if I crossed the river and then took a picture of the falls from across the American River. (Looking back, I have some pictures that seem to be very close to the base of the falls, so I parked somewhere and got out to take a look…)

Because there’s no hike involved with Slaughter Ravine Falls, it could be a nice waterfall to add to your list without difficulty…but then it also makes it less worthwhile to drive out of the way to view the falls. There is also another waterfall in another ravine, Pennyweight Falls. So if you decide to go out of the way, you can add two waterfalls to your list, and there may be more in the area.

irections:

  1. From I-80, take exit 135. (I was heading north on I-80.)
  2. You’ll take a right on Canyon Way. (It’s a very short distance…could be a bit confusing.)
  3. Continue on Canyon Way to Iowa Hill Road. Turn left onto Iowa Hill Road.
  4. Follow Iowa Hill Road down to the Iowa Hill Road Bridge (with Mineral Bar on the other side of the river). Pennyweight Falls can be viewed from the last “sharp” curve before you reach the bridge.
  5. Slaughter Ravine Falls can be viewed after that sharp curve by looking uphill to the left of the road you just drove down.

Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Height: ~300′
Length of Hike: roadside

Where in the World is Slaughter Ravine Falls?

Martha’s Falls, Alabama

Northeast Alabama has a number of waterfall surprises. One location that is a gem is Little River Canyon National Preserve. It’s a beautiful place to visit. The park is not as big as, let’s say, other canyons. Still, there is a 23 mile parkway/road that follows the canyon, providing awesome views.

The main waterfall is Little River Falls, which doesn’t require much hiking and is very close to a main parking area. Martha’s Falls requires a hike that starts at Little River Falls. On the national park service map, there does seem to be another trailhead to Martha’s Falls, but I don’t see a parking area there. The hike is 1 mile one-way, and I recorded it as being a moderate hike, which means there may have been some elevation change, but it wasn’t overly strenuous.

Martha’s Falls is wide, which is the reason that this waterfall is worthwhile to visit. It’s not tall, though. I have read that this waterfall, which used to be called Little Falls, is a popular swimming spot on warm spring and summer days. I visited in early January, which meant that the parking area was not busy at all. The NPS mentions that on those spring/summer days, the parking area can fill very quickly.

In the park, there is also a much narrower but taller waterfall, Grace’s High Falls. DeSoto State Park is also very close by, and there are numerous waterfalls in the park, with the most impressive being DeSoto Falls.

Directions:

  1. If driving along I-59, you could either take exit 218 or 222 to get to the falls. I think I took exit 222 as I was heading south, and turned left onto US-11.
  2. Drive along US-11 to the intersection of US-11 and AL-35. Turn left onto AL-35, and then turn left after a few blocks to stay on AL-35.
  3. Once on this route, it’s a pretty easy drive to the falls. The parking area for the falls is found on AL-35 just after the intersection with AL-176 (which is the scenic drive). The signage for the falls makes it relatively difficult to miss.
  4. At the parking area, you can see Little River Falls and then follow the Little River Falls trail south to Martha’s Falls.

Accessibility: 6/10 (moderate)
Length of Hike: 2 miles round trip
Height: 4′

Martha’s Falls in January 2016

Where in the World is Martha’s Falls?

Nelligan Creek Falls, Michigan

This past week, my husband and I headed “up” to the Upper Peninsula in what is usually a yearly trek. I’ve visited many of the larger waterfalls in the Upper Peninsula, so I’ll admit I’ve started searching for some of the lesser known waterfalls. Some of the waterfalls that are reported in Michigan are smaller, so I’m not going to hike miles to see these falls. So they have to fall into the category of easy to hike to.

The upper portion of Nelligan Creek Falls in June 2022

Nelligan Creek Falls falls into the category of easy to get to. No hike is required as the waterfall is right off the road. Honestly, the falls aren’t anything spectacular. The drop is about 6′, but it’s difficult to see both pieces of the falls. I was more impressed with the drive to the falls. It’s on a dirt road, but easy to drive. Nelligan Creek is stunningly beautiful as you drive up the road. The land it passes through is flat for the first half-mile that you can see. Then it disappears into the forest and then reappears as a waterfall!

Directions:

  1. On MI-28/US-41, Nelligan Lake Road is what you’ll be searching for. If you’re headed west, it’s just past the town of Michigamme. There is a sign for Craig Lake State Park at the end of the road.
  2. If headed west, you’ll turn right onto Nelligan Lake Road. You’ll then drive 0.9 miles to the falls.
  3. The falls are on the right and there will be a small pull-off. There is no hike required.

Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Height: 6′
Length of Hike: roadside

Where in the World is Nelligan Creek Falls?

Cascade Falls, Wisconsin

If you live near Minneapolis/St. Paul, Cascade Falls right across the border in Wisconsin is an easy waterfall to visit. It’s found in the city/village of Osceola. When you arrive in Osceola, you park on Cascade Street/Wisconsin-35 near a number of shops and restaurants. Then you head to the trail, which leads you into Wilke Glen and to Cascade Falls.

Cascade Falls is definitely a worthwhile waterfall to visit. It’s big enough and in a beautiful setting to make a point of stopping. The hike does involve some stairs to get you from the street down into the glen, but once you’re down in the glen, you get to see a 25′ tall, rather wide waterfall. It might actually be taller or have more drops, but the way the waterfall turns, it’s hard to see above the main drop.

Once you’ve seen the waterfall, you can keep walking along the trail. It doesn’t lead anywhere wildly exciting, though you can get some cool views of the St. Croix River and the bridge crossing the river which connects Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Directions:

  1. Head toward Osceola, which you can get to from WI-35 or MN-95.
  2. Once you reach Osceola, you can find parking along the main stretch in town, which is WI-35, also called Cascade Street. A landmark that may help is the Watershed Cafe.
  3. Just north of the Watershed Cafe, you’ll find some information signs telling you about Wilke Glen and the falls, and there will be stairs leading downhill. After you finish climbing down the stairs, the waterfall will come into view on the left.

Accessibility: 7/10 (easy/moderate due to the stairs)
Height: 25′
Length of Hike: 0.2 miles round-trip

Cascade Falls in September 2019

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