I thought I would have written about Hickory Nut Falls right after visiting, but I guess I haven’t, and now I get to write about the falls. North Carolina has a LOT of waterfalls especially in the western portion in the Appalachians. As you go further east, there are fewer and fewer waterfalls as the land doesn’t change in elevation as much.
Hickory Nut Falls isn’t necessarily at the edge of the waterfalls, but it is one of those that seems a bit afar from the waterfall hotspots (though after looking at Google Maps, there are other falls in the area). So I made sure to head to Hickory Nut Falls before turning to the west to see the other falls. Why visit Hickory Nut Falls? You’d likely be visiting if you’re checking out Chimney Rock State Park. Chimney Rock is a 315′ granite monolith that “stands out”. Interestingly, there is a waterfall here too, and it’s rather tall.
It is reported that Hickory Nut Falls is a 351′ drop. It’s not a 351′ plunge waterfall, but instead a horsetail falls that gradually falls. There is a hike to get to the falls and it isn’t difficult. I remember getting to the falls and realizing because the drop is so large, I don’t know if you can really get a sense of how big the drop is. I don’t know if you can see all of the falls, either. There wasn’t much water flowing when I visited…enough so that I could tell there was a waterfall, though after a good rainfall might be the best time to visit.
Chimney Rock State Park is found off of US ALT-74, which is an oddly numbered road, as US-64 switches to ALT-74 and then switches back to US-64. The falls and park are near Lake Lure.
If you’re headed west, you will turn left from US-ALT-74 onto Chimney Rock Park Road and you’ll cross the Broad River.
You’ll then continue uphill toward the parking area for Chimney Rock. Once you park, you can head up to Chimney Rock. You can then also head along the Hickory Nut Falls Trail.
Accessibility: 7/10 (easy/moderate) Height: 351′ Length of Hike: 1.4 miles round-trip
There are so many wonderful waterfalls in Yellowstone National Park. With the geysers, geothermal features, and wildlife, it’s understandable why it’s such an amazing place! I visited in June 2014, and while the roads were clear of snow, it was still pretty chilly. One of the days it rained constantly and I wasn’t going to waste my time, so I did everything in the chilly rain. I was soaked when I got back to my cabin.
Kepler Cascades is one of the less visited waterfalls. It’s rather close to Old Faithful and the lodges, so it’s an easy stop if you’re visiting Old Faithful, which you should! There’s no hike required to view the falls. They’ve set up a viewing area. So don’t miss the Kepler Cascades when you visit Yellowstone National Park.
As I mentioned, Kepler Cascades is near Old Faithful and the lodges. Old Faithful is off of US-191.
Drive just a bit further south on US-191 from the Old Faithful Lodge and on your right, you’ll find a parking and viewing area for the Kepler Cascades and the Lone Star Trailhead. There isn’t any hike required.
Accessibility: 10/10 (easy) Height: ~50′ Length of Hike: negligible
Wapta Falls and Takakkaw Falls are the more popular and impressive waterfalls in Yoho National Park. Natural Bridge Falls might not even be a stop, except that the Natural Bridge is the main feature that brings visitors to this spot. The waterfall might be considered secondary, though it created the feature!
The Natural Bridge is a rock/stone feature that has been created by the flowing water. While I don’t think the bridge is continuous, enough stone exists that it still looks like a bridge. The waterfall is larger than it might appear, being about 15′ tall. Much of the drop is hidden behind where the two large pieces of the bridge almost meet. I remember trying to get a good picture of the drop, but I don’t think there was any easy way to get to the angle necessary to capture the falls.
This stop was busier than some of the waterfalls that require a hike. It is an easy stop right off of Trans-Canadian Highway 1. If you continue on this road after exiting the highway, you’ll find Hamilton Falls.
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.
Once on Emerald Lake Road, after about 1.5 miles, you’ll find the parking area for the Natural Bridge.
Accessibility: 10/10 (easy) Height: ~15′ Length of Hike: no hike required
An interesting geological feature, the Niagara Escarpment, runs through Ontario and a number of the great lakes states. There are different types of rock that lead to different erosion rates. This produces some prime waterfall possibilities in New York, Ontario, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Niagara Falls is the clearest product of the escarpment. The escarpment also passes through Hamilton, which leads to a significant number of waterfalls in the city and nearby.
Sherman Falls is one of those waterfalls. It is not far from Tiffany Falls, which is where we started and then hiked to Sherman Falls. I believe there is another parking area. The Hamilton Tourism website mentions that it is off of Artaban Road. Artaban Road appears to be off of Lions Club Road (to the north) and just west of Old Dundas Road. The roads are rather curvy and winding, so you may have to pay attention carefully. Both the parking at Artaban Road and Tiffany Falls come with a fee. Tiffany Falls is $11. I’m not sure what the other parking costs.
It is actually a rather enjoyable hike from Tiffany Falls along the Bruce Trail, so if you’re stopping there, I think you might as well enjoy the hike between the two falls. They say that there’s 1 hour parking at Tiffany Falls, so I would try to respect that, but I think you might be able to fit both falls in an hour. There is another waterfall along the hike, though I didn’t notice (or didn’t look because I wasn’t aware). The falls is referred to as Old Dundas Road Falls. It’s on private property, but you’re supposed to be able to see it by looking south while walking on the Bruce Trail.
There are also other waterfalls nearby that we didn’t visit due to time constraints. Canterbury and Little Canterbury Falls are further west along the Bruce Trail. Sister of Mary Falls, Mill Falls, and Lower Mill Falls are south of the trail. Before you head out, I would suggest checking to see whether the falls and parking are open and available. Covid-19 limited access to many of the waterfalls, but that seems to be less restricted now.
I’m providing directions to Tiffany Falls. Then you can hike from there to Sherman Falls. There are multiple different ways to arrive at the Tiffany Falls parking area. 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.
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.
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.
From there, you can follow the trail to Tiffany Falls or cross the street and follow the Bruce Trail to Sherman Falls. It will head downhill for a bit, and then you turn left (head west) on the Bruce Trail.
You’ll come to a spot where the Bruce Trail crosses Old Dundas Road. I remember there being a sign indicating where to go to get to Sherman Falls.
Accessibility: 8/10 (easy) Height: 56′ Length of Hike: 0.6 miles round-trip
The hike to see all of the falls is approximately 3.5 miles round-trip, and it’s set up so that it isn’t a difficult walk. There is a wood path built in the canyon that allows you to get places you could not get to otherwise. I visited in August 2014, and it was very busy as it is an easy hike. I distinctly remember people trying to push baby strollers down the pathway, and because it was very busy, it would create bottlenecks. The further you go along the trail, the less busy it gets, so it’s worth it to go the distance!
When I first hiked the trail, I didn’t realize some of the falls had specific names. Cavern Falls is one of them. I think it’s named Cavern Falls because you may be able to notice there is a cavern behind the water. I think Cavern Falls is off at an angle and may be more difficult to notice unless you’re looking for the falls.
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 if I remember correctly, 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: 8/10 (easy/moderate, though strollers are honestly too big for the trail) Height: 30′ Distance of Hike: 3.4 miles round trip (to see all falls)
Just outside of Columbus are a few waterfalls…there are actually a number of falls close to Columbus and others not too distant outside of the city. One of the easier ones to visit if you’re visiting Columbus is Indian Run Falls along with Hayden Falls.
I may have visited Indian Run Falls twice. I don’t have a record of the first time, so I’m unsure of it. I may not have taken any pictures because there wasn’t much water flowing the first time. The second time, in August 2015, there was definitely water flowing as I have the pictures to remind me. There are multiple drops on Indian Run, and I don’t think I’ve stumbled upon all of the drops. There seems to be a wide plunge waterfall that I didn’t find. Instead, I found a cascading waterfall that’s probably about a 20′ drop. It’s definitely worth a visit if in you’re in Columbus. So go out and explore!
This one’s kind of a confusing one, as the way you’ll take will strongly depend on the direction you’re coming from. The park is very near the intersection of I-270 and US-33. Right near the turn, US-33 switches from a divided highway to not a divided highway, which causes the complication.
One parking area for the falls is on Shawan Falls Drive, which is on the north side of US-33.
Once you get to Shawan Falls Drive, you’ll find the Indian Run Falls Parking Lot, and the trail starts from there.
Looking at Google Maps, you may be able to park at the opposite end of the trail and view the falls from a different direction.
Accessibility: 10/10 (easy) Height: 20′ Hike: 0.2 miles round-trip (though I would suggest hiking further down the trail to find other drops)
I honestly don’t remember much about Sanderson Brook Falls. I visited the falls 10 years ago, and I don’t have a distinct memory of walking the trail. I remember that there were two waterfalls in the area both off of US-20, Sanderson Brook Falls and Goldmine Brook Falls.
The book I referred to find the falls says the falls are a height of 60′. In many of my photos, it doesn’t appear I’m very close to the falls, but at a distance. I don’t remember if there was a reason for it (difficult to get closer to the base of the falls?). I mention this because the photos I have don’t give off the sense that it’s a 60′ drop. It could be that a portion of the falls was hidden from view and I just decided not to get closer. I don’t know if that’s a ringing endorsement for visiting the falls, but I do still think it’s a worthwhile stop if you’re in the area.
Once you find the two towns Goldmine Brook is between, it’s easy to find the Sanderson Brook Falls. The two towns are rather small, though. The falls are found just off of US-20, northwest of Huntington and southeast of Chester.
If you’re headed northwest from Huntington the parking area and the trail to the falls will be on your left. There is a Sanderson Brook Road, but you cannot drive up this. This is the trail that you will follow to the falls.
The road is marked with blue triangles. At just under a mile, you’ll turn right and head toward the brook to find the falls.
Accessibility: 9/10 (easy) Distance of Hike: 2 miles round-trip Height: 60′
There are more waterfalls in the northeastern states than one might expect. None of them are wildly tall in Massachusetts or Connecticut…a few are definitely taller in New York, Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire. If you want to get out of the city, there are waterfalls to see, though!
Enders State Forest is a really good choice. I visited the falls in August 2012, and that isn’t always the best time to visit waterfalls since it can be dry in July and August. The four Enders Falls were definitely flowing, though. They weren’t intense, but that may have produced a focused flow that was very photogenic. The hike to the falls is short and enjoyable, so again, if you want to get out of the city, these are a good choice in Connecticut!
From Hartford, head northwest toward Granby. If you were at the Hartford Airport, you could exit and head west along CT-20.
Keep going on CT-20 through Granby until you come to the intersection with CT-219. (If you’re coming from another direction, head toward CT-219.)
From CT-20, turn left onto CT-219 (Barkhamsted Road).
About 1.5 miles from the intersection of CT-20 and CT-219, you’ll find a sign for Enders State Forest on your left. Park here and start the hike to the falls. It’s just less than half a mile one-way.
Accessibility: 9/10 (easy) Height: 6′ Length of Hike: 0.8 miles round-trip (for all four falls)
In June 2020, when we were still figuring out what to do with Covid, my husband and I decided to drive from Las Vegas to Michigan. We planned our path to see some waterfalls in nearly every state we travelled through.
Most waterfalls were planned, but East Vail Falls was a bonus waterfall. As we were driving along I-70, I think I was looking at Google Maps and noticed that there was a waterfall near Vail. In Colorado, I assume there are more waterfalls than are advertised because of the terrain. I read that the waterfall in Vail was relatively simple to get to, but required parking in a special place.
From the I-70 exit, I followed the directions on Google Maps, and it indeed did lead us to East Vail Falls, which was much taller than I expected. While landowners in the area don’t mind walking to view the falls, they do request that there is no parking directly in front of the falls, so we turned around and parked in area along Gore Creek. It’s about 1/4 mile hike (one-way) from that parking area to the falls, and it’s all on paved, flat road.
If you want to get a closer look, you do have to walk uphill, but it’s not required to view the falls. The falls are tall enough that the best views may come from the road, especially if you have a camera lens that can zoom in. If you’re driving along I-70 and need a break, this is definitely a fun stop.
This one is pretty easy if you’re along the right path. If you’re driving along I-70 and heading through Vail (really East Vail), take Exit 180.
Turn on Big Horn Road and head south. You will be driving adjacent to Gore Creek.
Look for the Gore Valley Trail parking, which will be near the intersection of Big Horn Road and Bridge Road. You can park here, though there is also a lot of parking nearby. Park somewhere around here, though, and then walk to the falls.
To walk to the falls, cross Gore Creek over Bridge Road.
Turn left onto Lupine Drive and walk to the East Vail Falls trailhead. I don’t include walking closer on the trail to view the falls in the distance below.
Accessibility: 10/10 (easy) Height: ~200′ Length of Hike: 0.5 miles round-trip
In northern Indiana, there is a cluster of waterfalls that can be pretty surprising, since you may not think of waterfalls when we mention Indiana. In Kokiwanee Nature Preserve, there are three waterfalls. In Salamonie State River Forest, I saw two waterfalls, but as I’m searching now, there are apparently three falls, as the trail is now called the Three Falls Trail.
I visited in May 2017, and I think I was in luck as it had rained recently. Some of these falls weren’t very big, so at other times you may not find a whole lot of water flowing. That was the benefit…the consequence was that some of the trails were very muddy. This trail, specifically, was distinctly muddy. The trail is very clear to follow, though I believe it was consistently downhill in the mud. The two waterfalls I viewed required a bit of care to visit because they were rather slippery. When I was recording the waterfalls, I wrote down that the hike was of moderate difficult, I think because of these issues.
One of the falls was flowing very well. The other fall had some water flowing over, but nothing to make it a wildly memorable waterfall. The nice thing about visiting the falls is the other waterfalls in the area. Ross Run Falls is also nearby.
From Lagro, Indiana (off of US-24), head south on IN-524.
IN-524 will veer left, and then will veer right. Stay on IN-524.
Turn left onto County Road 100 S, which will lead you into Salamonie River State Forest.
Just over a mile on 100 S, you’ll find the parking area for the Three Falls Trail on the left.
Accessibility: 6/10 (moderate) Height: 10′ each Length of Hike: 0.4 miles round-trip
The first waterfall I encountered in Salamonie River State Forest in May 2017