Waterfall hikes are some of the best hiking adventures one can experience. These types of hikes are incredibly refreshing and beautiful. The sound alone calms the nerves while the sprays cool the body and the surroundings, and the incredible scenery inspires the mind in many ways. With all these incredible things to benefit from waterfall hikes, it makes sense to start planning a waterfall bucket list. To save eager adventurers from all that research stress, this list of the most beautiful waterfall hikes around the world has been created, so just read through and pick a date to visit each of them.
10 The Hike To Rio Celeste, Costa Rica
The hike to Rio Celeste qualifies as one of the most beautiful hikes in the world because of the unique scenery one will be presented with throughout the hike and at the destination.
Rio Celeste hike follows a trail of about 3.5 miles and takes hikers through beautiful forest areas where there will be sights of animals and birds. At the end of the trail, hikers will be presented with the stunning sky-blue water of Rio Celeste and beautiful surrounding trees.
9 The Hike To Havasu Falls, Arizona, US
Havasu Falls is one impressive natural attraction in Arizona that feels like a painting to the eye. The waterfall comes with a unique turquoise color that looks like a painting, and the surrounding red rocks also give it more splendor. The hike to Havasu Falls is quite popular and exciting, which is why it is so difficult to get a permit for the falls.
The trek is considered strenuous as it takes one from Hualapai Hilltop through the rocky paths for about 10 miles to the incredibly beautiful waterfall. Hikers will be met with several waterfalls on the way as well as stunning views of Havasu canyon.
8 Iguazu Falls Hike, Argentina
Iguazu Falls have many trails that lead to it from the Argentinian and the Brazilian sides. Devil’s Throat trail – one of the most popular trails on the Argentinian side, leads to the tallest waterfall in Iguazu Falls and also offers impressive views of other waterfalls in the area.
For a more exciting hike to the waterfall, check out the Green Trail, which goes through the dense jungle around the area where there will be sights of monkeys and then leads to some of the best views of the waterfall.
7 Trail A, Plitvice Lake National Park, Croatia
The best way to see the picturesque waterfalls in Plitvice lakes national park is by hiking on some of its trails. There are up to 7 trails that offer amazing views of the waterfalls here, and one of the most popular is Trail A. This trail is not just popular because it is at entrance 1 (which makes it easy to reach) but because it offers incredible scenery of the mighty Veliki Slap waterfall and other waterfalls such as Sastavci and Milanovacki falls. The beautiful sights of lakes and forests one will see on this hike also make it exciting.
6 Upper Yosemite Falls, California, US
Upper Yosemite Falls is an incredibly popular waterfall hike that takes one on a challenging journey to the top of Yosemite Falls, where one will have breathtaking views of the tallest waterfall in North America and the surrounding valley.
The Upper Yosemite Falls trail is 7.6 miles round trip, and it features an elevation of about 3,967 feet. It takes between 6 and 10 hours to complete this hike, and hikers are advised to come prepared with a lot of water as the hike is strenuous.
5 Spa Park To Huka Falls, New Zealand
Huka Falls is the most popular waterfall in New Zealand, and this is because of the waterfall’s amazing scenery and the hiking opportunities it offers. To witness this incredible natural attraction, one has to hike from Spa Park to the Huka Falls trail, which takes one through the lush native forests and along the beautiful Waikato River to the amazing lookout from which one will have amazing views of the thundering waterfall. It takes about an hour to complete this hike, and it is easy to do even for children.
4 The Walk To Wadi El Rayan – The Only Waterfall In Egypt
Not many people know that Egypt has a waterfall known as the Wadi El Rayan waterfall. This waterfall is located in the Fayoum Desert – a place which is about 140 km from Cairo. Although not as beautiful as the other waterfalls on this list, Wadi El Rayan offers a unique experience that one may not get anywhere else in the world, which is why it is worth visiting. Although the waterfall is fed by a lake formed by agricultural drainage, it is still a beauty and something unique because it’s not every day one gets the opportunity to see a waterfall in a desert.
The long distance to Wadi El Rayan is mostly covered by car, but it still allows one the opportunity to walk in the sands of the vast desert to the beautiful waterfall where one can swim and just enjoy the unique sight.
3 The Hike To Gocta Waterfall, Peru
Hidden deep in a cloud forest in Peru is Gocta Waterfall – one of the tallest waterfalls in the world at a height of 771 meters above sea level. Gocta Waterfall is a two-tier waterfall, and a beautiful trail lead to amazing views of the waterfall. The trail takes one through the lush cloud forests and green fields until it reaches the majestic sight of the waterfall surrounded by towering forest-carpeted mountains.
To access the trail to this waterfall, one must first travel to Chachapoyas from Lima and then head over to the town of Cocachimba. From Cocachimba, one can then begin the hike to the waterfall, which can take between 2 and 3 hours to reach.
2 The Hike To Bruarfoss, Iceland
Iceland is home to many awe-inspiring waterfalls, and one of the most beautiful is Bruarfoss. Located in West Iceland, this waterfall features a charming blue color which has earned it the title of “Iceland’s Bluest waterfall.”
Unlike many waterfalls in Iceland, Bruarfoss offers the opportunity to hike, as that’s the only way to see it. The waterfall hike is about 4.4 miles round trip, and throughout the trek, one will be met with views of smaller waterfalls before reaching the gorgeous blue scenery of the waterfall and its surrounding black rocks.
1 The Blue Hole Trail To The Weeping Wall, Hawaii
The Weeping Wall is one of Hawaii’s greatest natural attractions. This attraction is located in Kauai, and it is basically a series of waterfalls that flow down the majestic Mount Waialeale. The photos may be beautiful, but they do not do justice to this waterfall. It is incredibly scenic when seen in person.
While most people take a helicopter tour to see the waterfall, hiking the 3-mile Blue Hole trail to the waterfall is an amazing way to see it. Throughout the hike, one will be presented with views of a stream and dense forest areas, and finally, the majestic waterfall.