Glenariff Forest Park has a number of wonderful waterfalls, so it’s definitely a great stop if you’re looking specifically for waterfalls in Northern Ireland. Ess-Na-Larach, in my opinion, is the most scenic of the falls in the park. Ess-Na-Crub is probably the next most scenic falls.
Ess-Na-Crub is a bit shorter than Ess-Na-Larach, but it’s surprisingly wider than the other waterfalls. So you definitely get a nice variety of waterfalls in the park. And the hike is relatively short and quick, which is a benefit (unless you don’t want to leave the beauty of the park). There is a bit of consistent downhill hike along the trail, but it isn’t terrible. Just realize you have to head back uphill somehow!
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 trail head.
Accessibility: 6/10 (moderate, the trail is consistently downhill)
Length of Hike: 0.7 miles round-trip
Ess-Na-Crub in May 2014
Where in the World is Ess-Na-Crub Waterfall?
Fairy Falls in May 2011
It ends up that there are two Fairy Falls in New Zealand: Fairy Falls on the North Island outside of Auckland, and a Fairy Falls on the South Island in Milford Sound. This is about the South Island version of Fairy Falls.
Milford Sound is one of my favorite places on the planet. There’s a stunning beauty to the location. And for a waterfall lover, there are no lack of waterfalls in the sound. Bridal Veil Falls is right next to Fairy Falls, and then you can find Bowen Falls, Stirling Falls, Palisade Falls, and other Milford Sound Waterfalls in the sound itself. The best way to view all of the falls is to take a cruise (or kayak if that sounds exciting). I took a cruise later in the day, and it was perfect. In addition to waterfalls, I saw a significant amount of marine wildlife, including seals and dolphins/porpoises. It was definitely a wonderful visit, and I’m ready to go back again!
- From Te Anau, head north on NZ-94 to its very end at Milford Sound. (From mid-May to October, you may want to check to make sure that the road is open to Milford Sound…It can close randomly, or snow chains may also be required.)
- At Milford Sound, park, head to the cruise area and board your cruise.
Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Length of Hike: not applicable
Where in the World is Fairy Falls?
Arethusa Falls in September 2010
Looking back at a waterfall I visited nearly 10 years ago, feelings sometimes change. I wasn’t particularly impressed with Arethusa Falls, which can be found in Crawford Notch State Park along with Bemis Brook Falls and Coliseum Falls. There wasn’t much water flowing over the falls, so I don’t think they had the full effect I was expecting, considering Arethusa Falls gets a lot of fanfare. But looking back, I realize the beauty of the falls now.
Looking through old pictures, one of the other things I realize is that I visited the area over Labor Day, and it was very busy. Arethusa Falls isn’t difficult to get to, though a 3 mile round-trip hike is involved. Even then, there were so many people. It was difficult to get a full shot of the falls where 15 people weren’t in the picture. So this waterfall might take on a different feeling when there’s more water flowing and it isn’t as crowded.
- The parking area for the falls is found off of route 302 in Crawford Notch State Park, which is an impressive place to find waterfalls.
- About 1.5 miles south of Willey House, you’ll find the parking area for the falls. Heading south, the turn will be on your right. If I remember correctly, during the busy times of the year, there is a parking lot right off the road that looks very full, but you do not have to park there. Driving further down that road leads to a parking area that is much less busy, and much closer to the trail head.
- At the parking area, you’ll see a private house. Head to the left, and begin to follow the trail. You’ll cross railroad tracks, and then you’ll continue on the trail for a short distance.
- You can follow the trail directly to Arethusa Falls, or veer off to the left on the Bemis Brook Trail to see Bemis Brook Falls and Coliseum Falls. It may be easier to do on the return hike.
Accessibility: 6/10 (moderate)
Length of Hike: 3 miles round-trip
Where in the World is Arethusa Falls?
Missouri’s waterfalls tend to be spread out so that it requires a bit of driving between each of the falls to see multiple falls. Rocky Falls is south-central Missouri, not terribly far from Arkansas. Rocky Falls is one of the easier waterfalls to visit in Missouri, as it only requires a very short hike from the parking lot.
At about 30′ tall, Rocky Falls is a pretty waterfall, though I did show up in April and there wasn’t a whole lot of water flowing over it. It seems to be popular as a swimming hole, as there is a lot of water that collects in a pool below the falls. Since not as much water was flowing over the falls, some people took advantage of exploring the falls further up.
- There are a number of different ways to get to the falls. If on MO-106, head to State Highway H. If headed east on MO-106, it would be a right turn onto H.
- Drive 4 miles on State Highway H, and then turn left on Highway NN.
- Drive 2 miles on State Highway NN, and then turn right onto County Road NN-526.
- Drive a short distance to the parking are for Rocky Falls Shut-ins.
Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Length of Hike: 0.1 miles round-trip
Rocky Falls in April 2013
Where in the World is Rocky Falls?
One of the waterfalls in Clark Creek Natural Area in January 2015
I’ve posted about Clark Creek Falls #3 and #9, so it might seem odd to be posting about waterfall #7 now. Those are the only three waterfalls I saw in the park. Waterfalls 1 and 2 were on an easier trail, but I had worn myself out seeing these falls that I skipped viewing them. The map showed other waterfalls, I believe, so these are the three that I encountered along my hike.
The hike can either be easy or very strenuous. You can stick to the Waterfall Trail for an enjoyable time, or follow the primitive trail and increase your chance of getting confused, lost, wet, and muddy. The confusion came about from my interpretation of primitive. I hiked on a primitive trail recently that was very clear and yet obviously muddy and soaked in water from the rain. And then there’s this primitive, which means you’ll be trying to climb down clay hills and losing the markers that indicate where the trail is. I spent a good 20 minutes confused about where to go, and expended a lot of energy in the process. This waterfall can only be viewed on the primitive trail, so if you’re not interested in that level of primitive, this waterfall might not be for you.
- From US-61 near Woodville, MS, turn right onto Main Street heading to East Monroe/Pinckneyville Road.
- Turn left onto Monroe/Pinckneyville Road driving west to Fort Adams Rd.
- Turn right onto Fort Adams Pond Road. Drive to the parking area for Clark Creek Natural Area, which will be on your left. (You can type in the address 366 Fort Adam Pond Road, Woodville, MS, 39669 to get you there using GPS.)
- Pay the entrance fee, and then start your hike. There is a 0.4 mile connector hike to both the Clark Creek/Waterfall Trail and the primitive trail. From there, you need to decide what you can handle.
Accessibility: 1/10 (primitive trail)
Distance of Hike: 2.5 miles round-trip (for Clark Creek/Waterfall Trail), 4.3 miles round-trip (for primitive trail looping into Clark Creek/Waterfall Trail)
Where in the World is Clark Creek Falls #7?
In the town of Yellow Springs, you can find Glen Helen Nature Preserve, which has three smaller waterfalls in it: Yellow Spring Falls, The Cascades at Glen Helen, and Grotto Falls. I’m not sure if this waterfall is where the town got it’s name, but it’s a unique waterfall. I’m not sure if it’s a natural waterfall, or if it’s man-made (possible it could be accidental). Looking at the picture now, it appears to be a mix of natural and something people added on to.
At 4′ tall, Yellow Spring Falls isn’t super exciting, but the color of the rocks is fascinating. The rocks do have a yellow-orange hue to them. The trail system to find the falls can be somewhat confusing, so I’ve included a map in the directions below.
- Head into the town of Yellow Springs. (There are a number of ways to enter, so I’ll let you figure that part out.)
- From the downtown area, head south on Corry Street.
- Turn left in the parking area, which is found at 405 Corry Street.
- At the parking area, pay the entrance fee. Follow the Inman Trail to the falls. It may help to have this map, since the trail system can be confusing.
Accessibility: 7/10 (easy/moderate)
Length of Hike: ~ 1 mile round-trip
Yellow Spring Falls in August 2015
Where in the World is Yellow Springs Falls?
I am visiting Marquette, Michigan right now, and have visited a number of times before. I forgot my Michigan waterfall book at home, so did a quick search, and found out there was an easy-to-visit waterfall right on the outskirts of Marquette. I decided to check it out today.
The waterfall, creatively named Wright Street Falls is right off of…wait for it…Wright Street. I wasn’t sure how easy it would be to find, and it ended up being very easy to find. Parking was more abundant than I expected, and the few tips I found online led me to the falls pretty quickly. It’s not a particularly tall waterfall, but it is actually wide. There is something that carries water right in front of the falls, so at first it may seem like you might not be able to get a great view, but you can get a better view. The directions I found suggested following the right side of the river, but I found that the left side of the river had better views of the falls.
- Wright Street starts off of US-41 right after a Target, but you can get to the parking area by turning on Wright Street at any point.
- If you start on US-41, turn right onto Wright Street after the Target. The website I found suggested the parking area was 1.5 miles from the Target. If you follow this step, the parking area will be to your left. It is a surprisingly large dirt parking area. There is a yellow sign there, and if you look to your left, you will see a bridge crossing a river. Pedestrians and bikers are allowed on the bridge. There is another parking area that seems to follow the same description a few hundred feet further east, and you could park there also, but it would require a longer hike to the falls. If you’ve reached the Marquette Board of Power and Light, you’ve passed the parking area, so you should turn around and head back.
- Once you reach the parking area, there are two options. You can cross the bridge, and then veer left. There is a clear path that crosses under a large pipe that is carrying water, and you’ll end up on the right side of the falls. I found that viewpoint wasn’t as great, though still got most of the falls. Instead of crossing the bridge, there is a trail to the left of the river that heads downhill. It is a bit steep, but once you’ve conquered that, the rest of the trail on the left side is pretty level. The trail on the left side of the river leads to a more complete view of the falls.
Accessibility: 9/10 (easy, for right side of the river), 8/10 (easy/moderate, for the left side of the river)
Length of Hike: 0.2 miles round-trip
Wright Street Falls in July 2019
Where in the World is Wright Street Falls?