Guides to Scenic Waterfalls and Day Hikes

A waterfall is a perfect destination for hiking with family and friends. These waterfall hiking guides will take you to serene locations, by gently flowing streams and green forests. You will feel the excitement of hearing the volume of water increasing as you approach a waterfall.

So, pack a cooler, grab the camera, and get ready to hike near some waterfalls! Waterfall Hikes are described according to hiking type, height, trail length, and difficulty.

Waterfall Hikes of Upstate South Carolina

Native South Carolinian, photographer, and hiker Thomas E. King lists 147 waterfall destinations in the mountains of Upstate South Carolina. Ranging from easy-to-access roadside locations to those that require a six-mile trek, these hikes feature some of the most famous, and some of the most remote, waterfalls in the region.

These easy-to-reach waterfalls of Upstate South Carolina are a fun and fascinating retreat for the entire family. Most of these falls are within the ability of the average hiker to reach on a day hike. Some sites are of particularly easy access, such as the pristine falls in the Blue Ridge Mountains, which families with young children and mature adults are encouraged to visit.

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Hiking & Backpacking Santa Barbara & Ventura

Majestic waterfalls, sweeping vistas, granite-clad ridges, and hot springs―the southern Los Padres National Forest stretches across Southern California’s incomparable scenery. Plan a day hike, a weekend backpacking trip, or a deep backcountry journey.

Arizona Day Trips by Theme

Take a simple day trip, or string together a longer vacation of activities that appeal to you. Useful for singles, couples, and families―visitors and residents alike―this guide encompasses a wide range of interests.

Waterfalls of Virginia & West Virginia: 174 Falls in the Old Dominion and the Mountain State

Waterfalls create a feeling of serenity, a sense of restrained power. Their grandeur takes our breath away. Their gentle sounds complement periods of meditation. The informative guidebook pairs professional photographs of every waterfall with all the information you need, including directions, distance, hike difficulty, and more. 

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Hiking Waterfalls Tennessee

Hiking Waterfalls in Tennessee includes detailed hike descriptions, maps, and color photos for approximately 100 of the state’s most scenic waterfall hikes. Hike descriptions include history, local trivia, and GPS coordinates. This guide will take you through state and national parks, forests, monuments and wilderness areas, and from popular city parks to the most remote and secluded corners of the area to view the most spectacular waterfalls.

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Hiking Waterfalls Kentucky

Hiking Waterfalls in Kentucky will take you through state and national parks, forests, monuments and wilderness areas, and from popular city parks to the most remote and secluded corners of the area to view the most spectacular waterfalls.

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Easy Hikes to Carolina Waterfalls: A Guide to Over 200 Waterfalls in North and South Carolina

The hikes are designed for people that are casual hikers. The longest hike is 2.2 miles, but the majority are less than one-mile hikes along established trails.

The waterfalls covered will take you from Greenville County to Oconee County in South Carolina and from Western North Carolina to the Grandfather Mountain Area of North Carolina and include waterfalls that are not widely known. You will learn of waterfalls in Caesars Head State Park, Table Rock State Park and Jones Gap State Park, as well as waterfalls near Westminister, Walhalla and Greenville, South Carolina. In North Carolina, you can visit waterfalls near Brevard, Pisgah National Forest, Saluda, Highlands, Cashiers, Gorges State Park, Burnsville, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Marion, Linville Gorge, along the Waterfall Highway in Rosman, Franklin, Cherokee, and Dupont State Forest.

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Hiking the Adirondack Waterfalls

This book will guide you to hikes of all kinds, from just under one mile to over 12 miles to 36 waterfall destinations with over 60 falls in New York State. A four-season outdoor paradise, there is hiking, boating, skiing and many other activities. BUY NOW!

Guide to Waterfalls of Shenandoah National Park

A reference to 36 waterfalls found along and off the trails within the 3 districts of Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. This guide provides 50+ full color photos plus hiking details for each waterfall. The starting points for all listed waterfalls are at trailheads located along the Skyline Drive, which makes it ideal for both new and infrequent park visitors to find these Shenandoah gems.

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50 Hikes in the Adirondack Mountains

The beautiful views, rugged peaks, lush forests, and rushing waterfalls spanning the 6 million acres of the Adirondack Park are every hiker’s dream. Within the section dedicated to each hike, tips and tricks for getting to the trail, places to rest along the way, and areas to stop for incomparable views are all noted.

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Hiking Waterfalls Northern California

Waterfall hikes throughout northern California, from mossy cascades in the redwood forests of the extreme northwest to the storied stone-backed falls of Yosemite National Park in the Sierra Nevada, are included in this guide. All waterfalls can be reached via a pleasant day hike (none more than 10-12 miles round trip) and are suitable for hikers of all ages. Whether you are looking for falls in your backyard, or seeking out cascades farther afield, this guide will take you there.

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Hiking Waterfalls Southern California

A beautiful, full-color guidebook to more than 100 of the best waterfall hikes in Southern California.

Hiking with Kids Southern California: 45 Great Hikes for Families

This book will guide you to the best hikes with kids in Sequoia, Kings Canyon, Death Valley, Joshua Tree, and Channel Islands national parks. This book will help you plan hiking adventures in the Southern Sierra, Central Coast, California Deserts, Los Angeles and surrounding areas, and San Diego County.

Hiking Waterfalls Hawaii

With over 500 recorded waterfalls, Hawaii is one of the states with the most waterfalls in the country. Many of these falls empty into swimmable pools, and the hot, tropical weather makes the payoff of a cool waterfall at the end of a hike particularly alluring.

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Idaho: Hiking & Biking, Scenic Byways

Road trip the Thousand Springs Scenic Byway for waterfall photo-ops or experience Basque culture in vibrant Boise. Raft on the Payette River, take a challenging hike, and paddle pristine turquoise lakes. Bike the Boise River Greenbelt, see multihued wildflowers in bloom, or take in celestial wonders in the first gold-tier dark sky reserve in the U.S. Flexible itineraries for 4-to-5-day road trips to visit Boise’s wine country, Sun Valley and Sawtooth’s mountains, or the lakes of the Panhandle.

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Michigan Waterfalls and Rocks Travel Guide

Michigan is a state with exceptional natural beauty and a wide variety of attractions and scenery. Visitors’ imaginations are captured by Michigan’s natural beauties, which range from stunning waterfalls to intriguing rock formations.

When exploring Michigan’s natural treasures, it’s crucial to adhere to rules, use correct safety precautions, and be aware of any permits or other restrictions to ensure a safe and pleasurable visit. It’s also a good idea to have the right tools and clothing, such as sturdy shoes, hiking gear, and the equipment needed for rock collection or fossil searching. Unveiling Michigan’s Natural Treasures: A Guide to Waterfalls, Rocks, Fossil-hunting, Rocks & more.

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Hiking Waterfalls North Carolina

From the Blue Ridge Parkway to the Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina is renowned for its beautiful waterfalls. Hiking Waterfalls in North Carolina includes detailed hike descriptions, maps, and color photos for over 200 of the most scenic waterfalls in the state. Hike descriptions also include history, local trivia, folklore, and GPS coordinates.

Hiking South Carolina’s Foothills Trail

Although the 76.2-mile Foothills National Recreation Trail begins and ends in South Carolina’s “golden corner” along the Blue Ridge Escarpment, it also traverses two of North Carolina’s most beautiful mountain counties. Along the way it crosses five rivers, passes numerous spectacular waterfalls, and climbs to South Carolina’s highest point.

This slim pocket guide has concise thru-hike directions from either end of the trail, detailed maps, major and minor trailheads; the best day hikes and overnights; campsites, water sources, and GPS coordinates. All this and more in an easy-to-use reference format that will help you keep your pack small and light.

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Hiking Yosemite National Park: A Guide to 62 of the Park’s Greatest Hiking Adventures

Hiking Yosemite National Park features everything from short strolls and day hikes to multiday backcountry treks, every one of which will treat you to some of the world’s most stunning scenery and allow you to get the most out of this remarkably diverse natural wonderland. Best hikes for lakes, waterfalls, views, wildlife, and wildflowers.

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Hiking Waterfalls Colorado

From the Front Range to the West Slope, Colorado boasts beautiful waterfalls. More than 125 of the most scenic waterfall hikes in the state. Hike descriptions also include history, local trivia, and GPS coordinates. From Crestone to Telluride, Grand Junction to Steamboat Springs, Walden to Westcliffe, Hiking Waterfalls in Colorado will take you through state and national parks, forests, monuments and wilderness areas, and from popular city parks to the most remote and secluded corners of the state to view the most spectacular waterfalls.

Hiking Waterfalls Georgia and South Carolina

The mountains of Georgia and South Carolina are renowned for beautiful waterfalls. Detailed hike descriptions, maps, and color photos for more than 60 of the most scenic waterfall hikes in the states—many of them along the mountainous border between the two states, within easy access of each other. 

National Geographic Road Atlas 2024: Adventure Edition [United States, Canada, Mexico]

Top 100 destinations for adventure, plus the top 24 most visited National Parks. Major cities and metropolitan areas are shown in detail with inset maps that include popular attractions, infrastructure and points-of-interest.

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Waterfalls of Pennsylvania: A Guide to More Than 180 Falls in the Keystone State

Your bucket list should include these gorgeous locales that decorate Pennsylvania’s landscape. From the towering falls of the Poconos to the scenic gems of the Laurel Highlands and everywhere in between, experience them all with this wonderful guidebook. These natural wonders prove that the Keystone State is home to some of the most picturesque sites in America!

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Berkshire Region Waterfall Guide: Cool Cascades of the Berkshire & Taconic Mountains

Visit 70 cool cascades in beautiful historic Western Massachusetts, led by NYS-licensed hiking guide and outdoors writer Russell Dunn.

Waterfalls of the White Mountains: 30 Hikes to 100 Waterfalls

The White Mountains of New Hampshire are home to many gushing, cascading waterfalls waiting to be discovered. 

Each hike opens with the trail at a glance overview―including the distance, difficulty, altitude gain, and directions to the starting point. Helpful tips and suggestions are offered throughout, like the best times of year for each hike, best vantage points for viewing the falls, great swimming holes for cooling down, and uncrowded scenic treasures that are perfect for a woodland picnic.

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Hiking Waterfalls Alabama

Comprehensive trail descriptions with mile-by-mile directional cues. Waterfall height and beauty rating. Many easily accessible roadside falls: hikes include average hiking time and difficulty rating. Trail Finder includes best hikes for backcountry camping, and swimming holes.

Exploring Niagara Falls & Buffalo NY

Discover all the Places to Sightsee, Eat, Hike and Enjoy! Incredible Day Trips. How to Sightsee Niagara Falls. Breath-taking Hiking Trails.

Hiking Waterfalls Montana

Encompassing state and national parks, forests, monuments and wilderness areas, this guide includes history, local trivia, and GPS coordinates, leading hikers to remote corners to view spectacular waterfalls.

Escarpment Trails and Treks: Two-Hour Hikes in Halton, Hamilton and Niagara

These regions are blessed with a plethora of waterfalls, cliffs, land features, and trails that feature historic ruins, wildlife, caves, and panoramic views of the Niagara Escarpment and Lake Ontario.

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California’s John Muir Trail: The Essential Guide to Hiking America’s Most Famous Trail

Stretching 220 miles from Yosemite Valley to Mount Whitney and onward to Whitney Portal, California’s famed John Muir Trail (JMT) is one of the most popular backpacking routes in the US. It passes through some of the most dramatic scenery in the country: massive granite peaks, dizzying waterfalls, pristine alpine lakes, and vibrant meadows filled with Sierra wildflowers. Plus, it offers the mildest, sunniest climate of any major mountain range in the world.

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Niagara Travel Guide 2023: Unveiling Niagara a breathtaking city in the New York

This comprehensive guide will give you all the information you need to make the most of your Niagara Falls experience. From detailed maps and itineraries to insider tips on the best places to stay and eat, this guide will help you find the perfect way to explore the wonders of Niagara Falls.

Niagara Falls State Park Map & Illustrated Trails

Niagara Falls: With Buffalo

Flexible itineraries for both the American and Canadian sides, including Buffalo, a weekend at the Falls, and day trips to Niagara-on-the-Lake, wine country, and more.

New England Waterfalls: A Guide to More than 500 Cascades and Waterfalls

This edition contains dozens of new waterfalls and provides extensive trail and road updates to existing ones. Waterfalls in every New England state are described according to type, height, trail length, and difficulty.

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Vermont Waterfalls

This guide is meant for everyone―waterfall enthusiasts, photographers, hikers, artists, families.

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Waterfalls of Ontario

The definitive guide to enjoying and exploring the province’s most beautiful falls. Packed with full-page color photographs, this third edition adds a new section covering the area north of Lake Superior to Thunder Bay. Additional waterfall visits have also been added for other areas of the province, giving the reader 27 more new places to discover. Adventure awaits at new hotspots like Kakabeka Falls, Mink Creek Falls, Kap Kig Iwan Falls and Pigeon River High Falls.

Waterfall Hikes in Southern British Columbia

Highlighted by stunning photographic imagery, this is the ultimate companion for those looking to chase spectacular and serene waterfalls in Western Canada.

Written for families with young children, this book will also appeal strongly to outdoor enthusiasts, hikers, and walkers of all ages, along with photographers and artists seeking out the unique beauty of waterfalls.

A Guide to 199 Michigan Waterfalls

A must-have resource for visitors and includes maps, descriptions, pictures, history, and directions for getting to the waterfalls. 

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Waterfalls in Illinois

Visiting a waterfall in Illinois is a wonderful way to experience one of the Prairie State’s most amazing features. Relax as the sounds and sights of falling water mute the noise and stresses of everyday life. Waterfalls in Illinois leads you to 27 places you may never have thought could exist in Illinois. Learn the fascinating geological history of waterfalls, how they form, and what keeps them going. Keep this book in your vehicle, so you can take it on scenic trails of Illinois parks to see these natural masterpieces.

California Waterfalls: More Than 200 Falls You Can Reach by Foot, Car, or Bike

40 Best Off the Beaten Path Waterfalls of California’s Gold Country

Fodor’s Toronto: With Niagara Falls & the Niagara Wine Region

Niagara Falls Canada Easy Travel Guide

Hiking Waterfalls Georgia and South Carolina

This book includes detailed hike descriptions, maps, and color photos for more than 60 of the most scenic waterfall hikes in the states.

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Arkansas Waterfalls Guidebook

Each waterfall listing contains a map, color photo of the falls, GPS coordinates, height measurement, hike difficulty rating, plus detailed descriptions of how to get to the trailhead and to the waterfall itself. Some of the waterfalls can be seen from your car, others can be reached by a short hike on an established trail.

Waterfalls of Michigan – The Collection

200 Waterfalls in Central and Western New York

There are more waterfalls in central and western New York State than anywhere in the East. Some are well known, like Niagara and Taughannock Falls, others await your discovery around the bend of a trail.

Waterfalls of the Blue Ridge: A Guide to the Natural Wonders of the Blue Ridge Mountains

Waterfalls are nature’s most captivating wonders. These hidden spectacles seem to hold all the secrets of the forest. The hills of the Blue Ridge harbor an incredible number of waterfalls. Hundreds of named falls―and perhaps thousands more―wait to be discovered any time of year.

Waterfalls of the Blue Ridge takes you into two states, three national parks, three wilderness areas, four national forests, eight state parks, and more!

Waterfalls of Minnesota’s North Shore and More

From highway waysides to invigorating day-hikes, these trails lead to the magnificent waterfalls of Lake Superior’s North Shore to northern Wisconsin and across the border to Ontario.

Finger Lakes Region Waterfall Challenge

The Finger Lakes Region is arguably one of New York’s many shining gems. Wineries, Vineyards, State Parks, Lakes, and Waterfalls all mesh together to create a remarkable experience throughout the region.

Hiking Waterfalls Washington

This book takes you through state and national parks, forests, monuments, and wilderness areas, and from city parks to the most secluded corners of the area to view the most spectacular waterfalls.

Hudson Valley Waterfall Challenge

Easy-to-get-to waterfalls in the Greater Capital District and Hudson Valley (New York State). Here, you’ll find a compilation of rewarding, shorter hikes and roadside waterfalls that are sure to become favorites. Notable destinations like Indian Brook Falls, Cohoes Falls, and the waterfalls at Christman Sanctuary, offer fun for the whole family! So, pack a cooler, grab the camera, and get ready to chase some waterfalls!

Hiking Waterfalls New York

From the top of the Adirondack Northway to the precipitous drop that creates Niagara Falls, Hiking Waterfalls in New York State provides all of the information readers need to find their way to waterfalls –all on public lands, hidden in the crevices of the Catskill Mountains, high on the faces of the High Peaks, flowing through magnificent gorges into the Finger Lakes, or deep in the backcountry of the Southern Tier. Detailed driving and hike descriptions include slices of history and glimpses of geology. GPS coordinates, maps, and color photos of over 200 of the state’s best waterfalls on more than 100 hikes make certain that hikers and sightseers will find their way to these sparking gems, whether they can be seen from the roadside or at the end of a lengthy trail.

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Waterfalls of New Brunswick

Features 60 new waterfalls — all with full-color maps and Nicholas Guitard’s sumptuous photographs. 

Hiking Waterfalls Maine

Detailed hike descriptions, maps, and color photos for approximately 100 of the most scenic waterfall hikes in the area.

300 Tri-State Waterfall Hikes of Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana

Each area has unique traits that they are known for and waterfalls being one they share equally! You will have 300 waterfalls to explore for all 3 areas! GPS Coordinates, pictures of each waterfall, trail descriptions and much more.

Georgia and South Carolina: A Guide to the States’ Best Waterfall Hikes

100 Hikes of a Lifetime: The World’s Ultimate Scenic Trails

This ultimate hiker’s bucket list, from the celebrated Appalachian Trail to Micronesia’s off-the-beaten-path Six Waterfalls Hike, treks through 100 energizing experiences for all levels.

This inspirational guide offers the planet’s best experiences for hikers and sightseers. From short day hikes—California’s Sierra High Route, Lake Agnes Teahouse in Alberta, Norway’s Mt. Skala—to multiday excursions like Mt. Meru in Tanzania and multi-week treks (Egypt’s Sinai Trail, Bhutan’s Snowman Trek, and the Bibbulum Track in Australia), you’ll find a hike that matches your interests and skill level.

Crossing all continents and climates (from the jungles of Costa Rica to the ice fields in Alaska’s Kenai Fjords National Parks), as well as experiences (a wine route through Switzerland or moose spotting on the Teton Crest Trail in Wyoming,) there is a trail for everyone in these pages. So, pack your gear and lace your boots: this comprehensive and innovative guide will lead you to experience the best hikes of your life!

Niagara Falls State Park Map & Illustrated Trails: Guide to Hiking, Camping, and Exploring Niagara Falls State Park

Hiking Trail Maps, Pictures, and Description of the following trails:

  • Goat Island Scenic Walk
  • Niagara Gorge Rim Trail and Whirlpool Rapids Loop
  • Gorge Rim Trail
  • Robert Moses Recreation Trail

Camping – Campgrounds

  • AA Royal Motel & Campground
  • RV Park & Campground
  • Daisy Barn Campground
  • Four Mile Creek State Park Campground
  • Golden Hill State Park
  • Niagara County Camping Resort
  • Niagara Falls Campground and Lodging
  • Niagara Falls North / Lewiston Koa Journey
  • Niagara Hartland RV Resort & Campground
  • Niagara Shores Campground
  • Niagara Woodland Campground
  • Niagara’s Lazy Lakes Camping Resort Campground

Arizona Bucket List Adventure Guide: Explore The Natural Wonders

Traveling to Arizona is unlike any other adventure you crossed off your bucket list. The ultimate dreamland for free spirits whose soul craves deep connection with nature, Arizona is rich in picturesque landscapes that’ll leave you breathless.

As you travel the distance through the deserts and canyons of Arizona, and then all the way through its pristine waterfalls and caverns, you’ll have the time of your life getting lost in the Grand Canyon State’s immersive beauty. From nature’s wonders like the Camelback Mountain, to the Labirynth Slot Canyon, and the amazing Wupatki National Monument, Arizona just begs to be explored!

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200 Waterfalls in Central and Western New York

There are more waterfalls in central and western New York State than anywhere in the East. Some are well known, like Niagara and Taughannock Falls, others await your discovery around the bend of a trail.

Hiking the Adirondack Waterfalls

This book will guide you to hikes of all kinds, from just under one mile to over 12 miles … to 36 waterfall destinations with over 60 falls in Northeastern New York. A four-season outdoor paradise, there is hiking, boating, skiing, and many other activities. BUY NOW!

Hiking Waterfalls Yosemite National Park

Detailed hike descriptions, maps, and color photos for approximately 100 of the most scenic waterfall hikes in the park.

Wine Country Hiking and Wine Tasting Adventures

Guides to Hiking New York and New Jersey

Guides to Backpacking, Cycling & Hiking Canada

Backpacking and Hiking Safety Guides

Inspiring Travel Getaway Destinations

Guides to Cycling and Hiking in California

Guides to Planning Your Camping and Hiking Trip Adventure

Camping, Hiking, and Mountain Biking in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Practical Guides to Hiking in Georgia, North Carolina & South Carolina

Guides to Scenic Waterfalls and Day Hiking