6 unique waterfalls in the US
Monday, April 02, 2018
To me, waterfalls are a symbol of the freedom of RVing with a bit of awe, fun and wildness mixed in. By traveling the United States in an RV, you can see the largest volume, tallest and widest waterfalls.
However, it is especially fun to find smaller, unique local waterfalls. Here are some of my favorites.
1. Falling Waters State Park, Florida
This one is the tallest waterfall in Florida at 73 feet. That isn't much compared to, say, Yosemite Falls at 2,425 feet, and the flow of water can be low at times. But instead of a drop from a cliff, it is a drop into a sinkhole. The walls of the sinkhole are covered with 14 different types ferns along with moss making it a green haven.
2. Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park, Tennessee
You can choose your reason to come to this park. Native Americans used it as a meeting place and built mounds and earthen walls 1,500 to 2,000 years ago. The museum has a great collection of artifacts, and you can walk the trails to see mounds. Or you can come here to see the wild and large waterfalls on two rivers surrounding the area — or you can enjoy both!
3. Burgess Falls State Park, Tennessee
While you can see many waterfalls from a distance, the hiking trail here allows you to hike down next to the falls where you can feel the spray of water. There are several easy overlooks giving you a great view of the U-shaped and gorgeous falls. However, the extra hike to the base (when it is open) is worth it. Watch for the slippery rocks.
4. Blackwater Falls State Park, West Virginia
This waterfall looks different with the dark water color. Water picks up a dark brown color from tannic acid in the leaves and moss in the area. Watch for the rainbows!
5. Amicalola Falls State Park, Georgia
This one is great for a tough exercise. The hike along the falls is 600 steps, and the waterfall is 729 feet tall. Luckily, there are plenty of landings to rest. Plus, you can always pretend you are pausing to get a better view of the falls. It is said the be the tallest waterfall east of the Mississippi. I also liked that the park is the start of the Appalachian Trail.
6. Pedernales Falls State Park, Texas
Each of the falls is relatively small as it drops from pool to pool, but it is the fun of walking and climbing the large rocks of the dry river bed that makes these falls special. Instead of small river stones, the rocks are worn by the water into swirls, chutes and pools. Spend an afternoon to enjoy this waterfall.
Keep watch for smaller but fun falls as you travel. Which ones do you suggest?
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