3 Hidden Gem Waterfalls to Explore in the United States

Burney Falls, California, United States
Burney Falls, California. Photo by Karam Alani on Unsplash

Is there anything in nature more beautiful than waterfalls? The sound of rushing water, the gentle mist, and the feeling of being surrounded by clean, fresh air all come together to create an experience that feels almost otherworldly. Fortunately, you don’t have to travel to another world to enjoy their benefits. The United States is full of amazing waterfalls just waiting to be explored.  Here are a few lesser-known ones we especially love.

Ruby Falls, Tennessee

Ruby Falls is located deep inside Lookout Mountain near Chattanooga, Tennessee. At 145 feet, it’s the tallest underground waterfall open to the public in the entire US. The falls are illuminated with LED lights that make the water appear to glow in different colors. Walking to the falls is a bit of an adventure and involves navigating several narrow passageways, but the reward at the end is well worth it.

Arethusa Falls, New Hampshire

This waterfall is tucked away in the White Mountains and is one of the tallest waterfalls in New Hampshire. The hike to the falls is only about 1.5 miles long, and, although a bit rocky in parts, is easy enough for families with children. We recommend visiting in late spring or early summer when the stream is usually strongest.

Burney Falls, California

Theodore Roosevelt once referred to Burney Falls in Northern California as the “Eighth Wonder of the World” in reaction to its spectacular beauty. The 129-foot waterfall is fed by underground springs and is surrounded by lush greenery, making it a popular spot for hikers and nature lovers alike.