Over the weekend of the Fourth of July, my family traveled to Utah to visit some family. And though the desert was a shock to our system because we are used to the sun, surf, and humidity we still were able to get wet in one of the most beautiful waterfalls I have ever seen. Whether it be in a landlocked state or a waterfall spilling into the ocean on the coast, these less-traveled waterfalls are seriously beautiful and seriously easy to fall for. Add these destinations to your list ASAP.
Less Traveled Waterfalls That Are Easy To Fall For
McWay Falls, California
Nestled in Big Sur California, McWay Falls can be viewed from the highway. And though it’s easily viewed by road, the trailhead can be tricky to find. Park in Julia Pfeiffer Burns state park and follow the signage to the falls. Make sure you bring your camera, these views could be considered once in a lifetime!
Bridalveil Falls, Colorado
This 6.2-mile hike is not for the faint of heart, but the scenery at the end is so very worth it. Though the terrain is easy to trek on (and it’s often shaded during the afternoon!) 6.2 miles roundtrip is still a long hike! Make sure you come equipped with snacks, plenty of water, and a suit to cool off in at the end. Start at the West Creek Falls trailhead in Telluride, the trail will eventually fork off. You could even explore both trails if you started earlier enough in the day. It’s like getting two gorgeous waterfalls for the price of one!
Uluwehi Falls, Kauai
This gorgeous destination is referred to as the “Secret Falls” by the locals. Located in the heart of the Wailua River Basin, this 6-mile round trip hike will expose you to immense beauty. Though, this hike is different than most. Explorers will have to rent kayaks to reach the trailhead. Follow the Wailua River past the village of Kamokila, and follow the river until it forks right. You should see a path directing you to the trailhead. Sounds like an unforgettable experience, am I right?
Havasu Falls, Arizona
While this has turned into a popular backpacking destination as of late, one cannot simply leave Havasu Falls off of the list. Nestled in the heart of the Grand Canyon, the bright turquoise waters provide a gorgeous contrast against the red rock. It’s like a desert oasis! However, hikers should know that this isn’t an easy hike. It’s a 20-mile hike round trip, and it’s full of brutal hills.
Rainbow Springs, Florida
Though all three of the waterfalls in Rainbow Springs are man-made, it is still one of Florida’s most beautiful attractions. Not only can guests enjoy the waterfalls, but there are fresh springs and plenty of hiking paths throughout the preserve. It’ll be easy to spend an entire afternoon here!
Lower Calf Creek Falls, Utah
One of my very favorite destinations in Utah, Lower Calf Creek Falls is a 5.5 mile hike in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The trail is relatively easy (though the sandy trail makes it a hot hike!) and the steep 126 foot high falls make the trail totally worth it. And don’t be afraid to get in and enjoy the water!