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 Coast– Stony Creek Falls in Mendocino National Forest
Shasta Cascade– Potem Falls in Shasta-Trinity National Forest
High Sierra– Yosemite Falls in Yosemite National Park (tallest waterfall in the United States!)
San Francisco Bay Area– Alamere Falls in Point Reyes National Seashore
Central Coast– Salmon Creek Falls in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
Inland Empire– Ortega Falls
Desert– Tahquitz Falls on the Agua Caliente Indian Reservation