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Surreal Sights: Waterfalls
What could be more refreshing on a summer day than enjoying the gorgeous views and soothing sounds of a waterfall? You can find many of these beautiful natural wonders throughout the country, so why not add one to the itinerary for your next camping trip? Here are a few to consider:
It has been called the “crown jewel” of the Oregon State Parks system, and one reason is that it’s part of the Trail of Ten Falls, a nationally-recognized hiking trail that passes a series of waterfalls as it descends to a winding creek at the forest floor. It’s a moderate, seven-mile loop hike and offers a unique opportunity to walk behind a waterfall at the 177-foot South Falls. The park is also on the path of the highly-anticipated total solar eclipse on the nights of Aug. 18-20.
Located 30 minutes from Portland on the magnificent Columbia River Gorge, Multnomah Falls delivers the awe-inspiring sight of a 600-foot cascade of icy water. It is the most visited natural recreation site in the Pacific Northwest. A five-minute trail leads to the base of the falls from the parking area off of I-84, or, for a closer (and more exhilarating) view, take the steep paved trail up to Benson Bridge. The bridge is named after Simon Benson, a prominent Portland businessman who owned the site in the early 1900s before donating the falls to the City of Portland, which later transferred ownership to the forest service.
Burgess Falls State Park, which is located on the Falling Water River, features four waterfalls, the last of which is considered to be the most spectacular because it plunges more than 130 feet into the gorge. The 1.5-mile round-trip River Trail/Service Road Loop is a moderately strenuous hike that leads past the waterfalls and into the gorge. Please note that the overlook area for the main falls is accessible, but the stairs down to the main falls have been closed until further notice.
This waterfall is located in a totally unexpected place – underground! Located 1,120 feet below the surface of Lookout Mountain, Ruby Falls was discovered by a team of excavators in 1928 and was opened to the public in 1930. Now, thousands of visitors come to see the 145-foot Ruby Falls each year. Additional attractions include the Lookout Mountain Tower that offers panoramic views of the Tennessee River Gorge and downtown Chattanooga, a choice of cave tours, and the Zipstream Aerial Adventure that features suspended obstacle courses built in the trees that include ladders, nets, walkways, bridges, tunnels and zip lines. The attraction also offers a 40-foot climbing tower and a zipline experience without the ropes course.
Brighton, New York
What’s not to love about a waterfall that carries the name Postcard Falls? It’s located at Corbett's Glen Nature Park along a three-mile loop trail that that measures a spacious eight feet wide. The park also includes a boardwalk, a deck viewing area and a seating area that overlooks the falls.