DO Go Chasing Waterfalls  

Waterfalls are one of nature’s most stunning displays for the eyes and the ears – a perfect backdrop for camping. Whether you’re camping near urban areas or secluded spots, waterfalls are accessible from coast to coast. Take advantage of experiencing one of America’s many falls during our Great American Campout.

Check out my top 5 favorites!

Most Fun for Kids – Sliding Rock Waterfall

Photo by Adam Rice, Flickr
Photo by Adam Rice, Flickr

Arrive early to experience this natural mountain waterfall outside Asheville, North Carolina. For the ultimate slip and slide, you can ride down the 11,000 gallons of water rushing over the rocks each minute. Perfect for a hot day, the water stays a cold 50 to 60 degrees throughout the summer. So grab the kids and head out to a one of a kind waterfall!

Most Inspiring – Yosemite Falls

Photo by Simon Phipps, Flickr
Photo by Simon Phipps, Flickr

When the snow melts in spring, the Yosemite Falls reaches its peak beauty. Standing at 2,425 feet tall, Yosemite Falls is the tallest waterfall in the continental U.S. and contains three separate falls. Due to its size, the waterfall is visible from many spots throughout Yosemite National Park, including an easy one-mile walk to the base. Be sure to visit between November and July, because the dry, late summer months often reduce the waterfall to a trickle.

Most Popular – Niagara Falls

Photo from Niagara Falls State Park, Flickr
Photo by Niagara Falls State Park, Flickr

Whether you stand above or float up close on a boat, there’s no denying the sheer power of Niagara Falls. Made up of three different falls, the Horseshoe Falls is the most iconic and most visited. Approximately 750,000 gallons of water flow over the waterfalls, leaving visitors in awe of their power and size. Head on up to the Canada/U.S. border to enjoy this waterfall. Don’t forget your passport for a view from both sides!

Most Unique – Minnehaha Falls

Photo from Punchup, Flickr
Photo by Punchup, Flickr

Summer always seems like the best time to check out waterfalls — but not necessarily for Minnehaha Falls. Minnesota’s famous winters leave the Minnehaha Falls frozen much of the coldest months. Enjoy this winter wonderland waterfall from afar or climb behind the waterfall courtesy of a natural trail gouged out space from years of pounding water.

Most Worth the Hike – Havasupai Falls

Photo by Jon Rolg, Flickr
Photo by Jon Rolg, Flickr

Located within the Havasupai Indian Reservation in Arizona, this waterfall is famous for its turquoise water. In fact, the name Havasupai means people of the blue-green water — after the Native American tribe who still call the area home. Take plenty of water and plan ahead for the eight-mile secluded hike. But don’t worry, the trek will be worth it when you take a dip in the stunning pool at the waterfall base, set within the red walls of the Grand Canyon. Just be respectful of the land and water, as they are still home to the Havasupai tribe.

What is your favorite waterfall? Tell us in the comments below.

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