The 20 Best Waterfall Hikes in the United States

No two waterfalls are exactly alike, but these will always capture our imagination.
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We’re drawn to waterfalls. The air around them feels fresh and rejuvenating, and science shows they have a calming effect on our mood by altering our serotonin levels. Some are pretty, others magnificent, and still others intimidating. And while just catching the view from a lookout is all right, earning it on a legit waterfall hike will always feel better. We picked our favorite jaunts to waterfalls across the U.S., from .8 mile to more than 20.