California’s Best Waterfalls

California is home to hundreds of waterfalls, ranging from small, ten-foot trickles over rocks, to massive, thousand-foot curtains of water pouring over the side of cliffs (hello, Yosemite!) While these are some of the most iconic waterfalls in each region of California, there are plenty of other can’t-miss cascades that call California home. A little bit of research before a weekend trip for locals or multi-stop road trip for our out-of-state friends will likely lead you to your new favorite hiking, swimming, and photo spot at the base of a refreshing waterfall.

North CoastStony Creek Falls in Mendocino National Forest

Shasta CascadePotem Falls in Shasta-Trinity National Forest

High SierraYosemite Falls in Yosemite National Park (tallest waterfall in the United States!)

Gold CountryBassi Falls in El Dorado National Forest

Central ValleyFeather Falls

San Francisco Bay AreaAlamere Falls in Point Reyes National Seashore

Central CoastSalmon Creek Falls in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

LA / OCEaton Canyon Falls in Angeles National Forest

San DiegoThree Sisters Falls Trail in Cleveland National Forest

Inland EmpireOrtega Falls

DesertTahquitz Falls on the Agua Caliente Indian Reservation

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