The 20 Best Waterfall Hikes in the United States

No two waterfalls are exactly alike, but these will always capture our imagination.

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.