Waterfalls in Indiana are somewhat scattered throughout the state. You’ll find a few in one area, a few in another, making it kind of difficult to coordinate seeing a number of them at once. In northern Indiana, you’ll find a number of small yet interesting waterfalls within a few miles of each other. This waterfall is found at the Hathaway Preserve at Ross Run, while the other are found in nearby Salamonie River State Forest and Kokiwanee Nature Preserve.
I visited in May and I believe it had rained just the day before. (It was beautifully sunny when I was hiking to see the falls.) Many of the falls that wouldn’t normally be there were showing up. At the same time, this meant that some of the trails were very muddy and in some cases impassible. I did a lot of hiking up slippery slopes. Ross Run Falls definitely qualifies as the easier of the waterfalls to find, with relatively flat hiking terrain.
You might notice that the water looks very, very cloudy. Runoff from the rain definitely made the water opaque. It was fascinating to see the water in such a state. While this waterfall isn’t particularly tall, it was fun to find waterfalls in an area of the state that you might not otherwise expect waterfalls.
- There are a number of ways to get to the preserve, either from the cities of Wabash or Lagro, or from the other two preserves. It might be easiest to explain directions from Lagro.
- From Lagro, head south on IN-524.
- IN-524 will head south, veer east for a short ways, and then head south again. Make sure to stay on IN-524.
- After maybe a mile, you’ll come to E Baumbauer Road on your right. Turn right here.
- After approximately 1.5 miles, you’ll come to Hathaway Preserve. It will be a circular gravel parking area on your right (assuming you’re heading west).
- From the parking area, the hike to the falls isn’t particularly difficult.
Accessibility: 8/10 (easy/moderate)
Length of Hike: 0.7 miles round-trip
Ross Run Falls in May 2017
Where in the World is Ross Run Falls?
Ess-Na-Larach Waterfall in May 2014
I’m about to head to England and Wales, and figured I would post about a waterfall in another part of the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland. I visited Ireland and Northern Ireland in 2015, and had an absolutely wonderful time. The scenery is stunning, and it’s no wonder why so many people visit the island.
One of the best places to to see waterfalls in Northern Ireland is at Glenariff Forest Park. When I arrived at the park, it was a kind of cloudy and humid, and yet it seemed to fit the mood of the island. Not many people were visiting the park on this day. I first stopped into the visitor’s center and paid the entrance fee. Then it was off to the falls. Ess-Na-Larach is one of the two named waterfalls in the park, with other smaller waterfalls along the way. (There are also some very tall, ephemeral waterfalls not terribly far away that you can view from the parking area.) Of the two named waterfalls, this one is probably the more scenic one as the two drops carve their way through the rock.
Glenariff Forest Park is very easy to find, as it is just off A43 and is very clearly signed along the road. The decision to make is whether you approach from the north or south.
- If you’ll be heading north toward the park, A43 starts in Ballymena. (If you’re coming from A26, A26 turns briefly into M2, which you can exit at exit 11 and take a few roads to connect into A43.)
- If you’ll be heading south toward the park, A43 starts in Waterfoot off of A2. It’s pretty clearly signed.
After you turn onto the road entering into the park, you’ll drive along a one-way road for a portion, which leads directly into the parking area. Then you follow the signs to the trailhead.
Accessibility: 6/10 (the trail is consistently downhill)
Length of Hike: 0.7 miles round-trip
Where in the World is Ess-Na-Larach Waterfall?
Steinsdalsfossen in May 2015
Norway has so many beautiful amazing waterfalls, and I only viewed 20 or so during my week there. Steinsdalsfossen is just one of those beautiful amazing waterfalls, and it also happens to be very easy to visit. (Many others are also easy to visit, which is why you can see so many without much difficulty.)
Steinsdalsfossen is easily accessible by a parking area off of road Fv7 (Steinsdalsvegen in that vicinity). From the parking area, it’s a short walk to get a closer view of the falls, though in this case you can get a much closer view. The trail leads you directly behind the falls. It’s a powerful waterfall, so you can expect to get a bit wet. It’s a pretty awesome experience.
- The waterfall is off of road Fv7. It’s east of Bergen, so you’d probably be taking E16 and then turning right onto Fv7. (Fv7 is a very narrow road in places with some blind curves.)
- The parking area is a bit west of the town of Norheimsund.
- From the parking area (there might be two, one being closer to the falls), it’s a short hike.
Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Length of Hike: Roadside (very short hike to go behind falls)
Where in the World is Steinsdalsfossen?
Roughlock Falls in May 2016
As you head further west in South Dakota, you start finding some really beautiful scenery. One of those places is Spearfish Canyon. It’s definitely got the western feel to it. Spearfish Falls and Bridal Veil Falls are two of the popular waterfalls in the canyon. Bridal Veil Falls is the easiest to visit, right off the road. Spearfish Falls isn’t difficult to visit, just a bit hard to find at first. Roughlock Falls is the third main waterfall, and it too is pretty easy to find.
Roughlock Falls is on Little Spearfish Creek, with Roughlock Falls upstream and Spearfish Falls downstream (on the same creek) just as it merges with Spearfish Creek. You can take a longer hike to get to the falls from the Roughlock Falls Trailhead near the Spearfish Canyon Lodge. It’s a beautiful hike along the creek, and comes in at just under 1 mile one-way. I remember the hike being pretty easy. If you decide you don’t want to walk that far, there’s also a parking area only about 400 feet from the falls. I didn’t regret the longer hike one bit.
I did show up at a time of day when the sun was out and intense. It made photographing these and the other falls a bit more difficult, but you can’t predict what the weather is going to be like. It was early May, and yet the temperatures were rather warm. It did get a bit cold at night, so make sure to bring layers. (And early May seemed to be a great time to visit. Some of the hotels were running $40 a night. Later in the summer, good luck trying to find a room.)
- In Spearfish, follow the signs for Spearfish Canyon. This will be US-14 ALT. Continue along this curving road until you reach an intersection where you’ll find the Latchstring Restaurant and Spearfish Lodge.
- At this junction, head west along Roughlock Falls Road. The trailhead for the longer hike is right after the lodge. Drive further down to get to the other parking area.
Accessibility: 10/10 (easy from parking area), 8/10 (easy/moderate from trailhead)
Hike: 0.2 miles round-trip from parking area; 1.8 miles from trailhead
Where in the World is Roughlock Falls?
High Falls of the Pigeon River is an amazing waterfall that is on the border of both the United States and Canada. You can view it from the Minnesota side or the Ontario side of the border. Each of them has great views, and I’ve seen them from both.
On the Minnesota side, you start at Grand Portage State Park. From this park, you follow the Falls Trail to a viewing area that leads you to a spectacular viewpoint. You’re not at the base of the falls, but the trail does lead you in front of the base. It’s an easy hike along a relatively flat trail.
The view of High Falls from the Minnesota side
On the Ontario side, it seemed much quieter, almost eerily so. It wasn’t the sunniest of days, but I don’t remember many other people there. I believe you start at the Ontario Travel Information Center and follow the trail that leads to the falls. I don’t remember this one being particularly difficult either. On the Ontario side, you view the falls from “above” instead of directly in front of you. It’s still an awesome view as the falls are so powerful. You also have a good view of some of the logging equipment that was used at the falls in the past.
The view from Ontario
It’s definitely worth a trip to see High Falls. At 120′, it’s the tallest waterfall in Minnesota. (Horseshoe Falls at Niagara Falls is taller than this, and there may be a few other Ontario waterfalls that are taller.) There are two smaller waterfalls upstream, Lower Middle Falls and Upper Middle Falls, that are much easier to access from the Ontario side.
- This one is pretty difficult to miss. From Minnesota, head north on MN-61 until you’re just about to reach Customs & Border Patrol. On your left will be Grand Portage State Park. Hike 0.5 miles to the falls from the parking area.
- If you’re coming from Ontario, follow ON-61 south. Again, just before the border, pull into the Travel Information Center and follow the trail to the falls.
Accessibility: 9/10 (easy on Minnesota side), 8/10 (easy on Ontario side)
Length of Hike: 1 mile round-trip (Minnesota), 3.6 miles round-trip (Ontario)
Where in the World is High Falls of the Pigeon River?
Kakahi Falls may not be one of those waterfalls that you go out of your way to see just for a waterfall. It’s honestly more of a bonus to an already cool experience. Kakahi Falls is found in Hell’s Gate Geothermal Park near Rotorua. Rotorua is widely known for it’s geothermal activity, including geysers (which I regret that I didn’t see). It’s very similar to Yellowstone National Park and to some of the features in Iceland.
It’s rather easy to get to Kakahi Falls since it’s along the main walking route in the park. To get to many of the other features such as the mud baths, you will pass by the falls. It may not look like the best picture below, but that’s because the water is steaming! The water flowing over Kakahi Falls has not long before been heated underground. I’m not sure how much more water will be flowing over the falls even on a rainy day as evidence by the way the rocks have been carved by the water.
- From Rotorua, head northeast on highway 30.
- At the junction of highways 30 and 33, continue on 30.
- The entrance to your park will be on the left of the road after just a few miles/kilometers.
- Park and pay the entrance fee to the park. (As of 2018, it’s NZ$35.)
- Start your journey. You’ll find the falls along the designated loop. I believe there was a sign.
There are a few other waterfalls just north off of highway 30: Tutea Falls and Trout Pond Falls. I didn’t visit them, and I don’t know why. (It gives me an excuse to go back.)
Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Height: ~15′ (one site online says 40’…if this is true, there’s much more to these falls than I can see)
Length of Hike: 0.6 miles round-trip (just to the falls)
Kakahi Falls in May 2011
Where in the World is Kakahi Falls?
There isn’t much information on the internet about Astellen Falls, which is found in Glenveagh National Park in northwest Ireland. This leads me to an interesting question that I don’t think has been brought up because there’s so little information about Ireland waterfalls in general. Powerscourt Falls outside of Dublin is advertised as the tallest waterfall in Ireland at 397’/121 m. But after seeing Astellen Falls, I wonder. Looking at google’s elevation chart, it seems that the total drop for this falls might be somewhere around 180 m, which would be closer to 600′. I’m a terrible judge of height, but it doesn’t seem like the visible portion of this waterfall is 600′. Maybe there’s some hidden above? (If anyone’s reading this and they know how to measure waterfalls, this might be a task…)
A few reasons that this has probably not been looked into…First, Astellen Falls is not as easy to get to from a trip perspective. It’s about a 3 hour drive from Dublin to Glenveagh National Park. That also means it’s a relatively isolated, quiet, and yet stunningly beautiful national park. Second, it’s a 4.5 mile round-trip hike to see the falls (which again is absolutely worth it for the scenery), and once you reach your destination, you’re not particularly close to the falls. If you’re into photography, I suggest you bring a lens that can zoom in well. A cell phone camera is not going to capture much here.
The waterfall is beautiful, the park is beautiful, and there’s so much else to see in Glenveagh National Park. There is a castle (which I don’t think I viewed, as I don’t have any pictures), and there’s also a castle garden (which I did walk through). If you get the chance to explore the northern portion of Ireland, it’s definitely worth it!
- There are a number of ways to arrive at Glenveagh National Park, but the most sensible one would be to take the N56 (near Leterkenny) northwest toward the park.
- After some distance, turn left onto R255.
- After a short distance, turn left onto R251. (I believe there was pretty clear signage along the way).
- To get into the park, you park at a designated area and take a bus to the castle/gardens.
- From the castle/gardens, start your hike south along Lough Beagh. After about 2.2 miles of hiking, you’ll see the falls across Lough Beach to your right.
Accessibility: 8/10 (easy/moderate)
Length of Hike: 4.5 miles round-trip
Where in the World is Astellen Falls?