Tallest and Largest Waterfalls in US (America)

United States of America (USA) is one of the largest countries with many natural wonders. Here, the tallest means total height of the waterfalls including drops, and largest means total volume of water given in CFS. In America, many largest and tallest waterfalls are found here, and famous around the country. frequently visited by thousands of the peoples and tourists. It is hard to judge which waterfalls are best and beautiful as all of them are beautiful in its kind. This is a list of waterfalls in the USA by height and total volume (flow rate) and many are officially measured, we sure this list is accurate.

Tallest waterfalls in America (by overall Height)

Tallest waterfalls are measured by overall height which including total drops.

1. Oloupena Falls (unconfirmed)

Total Height: 2,953 ft (900 m)
State: Hawaii

Oloupena or Olo’upena falls is the tallest waterfalls in the US and unofficially reported as the fourth tallest in the world. It is located in Molokai, north-eastern part of Hawaiian Island. It is Tiered type waterfalls and formed on a short (seasonal stream).

Oloupena falls

Oloupena falls – Photo by Keep It Dream via Flickr

2. Pu’uka’oku Falls (unconfirmed)

Total Height: 2,756 ft (840 m)
State: Hawaii

Also known as Puukaoku Falls, located in Molokai in Hawaii. It is the 2nd highest in the US and 8th tallest in the World. It is just 500 m east from Oloupena falls, and is thin and deeply etched due to this it is rarely seen.

Pu'uka'oku Falls

Pu’uka’oku Falls – Photo by Grant Chalfin via Flickr

3. Waihilau Falls

Total Height: 2,600 ft (792 m)
State: Hawaii

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It is thirteenth highest waterfall by overall height and second tallest by a longest single drop in the world. It is Horsetail type waterfall on Waihilau River, located in Waimanu Valley in Hawaii. It has only one single longest drop 792 m.

Waihilau Falls

Waihilau Falls – Photo by Grant Chalfin via Flickr

4. Colonial Creek Falls

Total Height: 2,568 ft (783 m)
State: Washington

It is also known as Hiavaty falls, located in North Cascades National Park of Washington. Colonial Creek is the source of the waterfall and has the total of 14 distinct drops with an average incline of 65 degrees. Colonial Creek is a modestly sized stream and will flow consistently all over the year.

Colonial Creek Falls

Colonial Creek Falls – Source www.adventuresnw.com

5. Johannesburg Falls

Total Height: 2,465 ft (751 m)
State: Washington

Johannesburg falls is the 18th highest falls in the world, has the total of 5 drops and pitch in 59 degrees, 800 feet of single longest drop. This falls located in Skagit County of Washington State. The Glacier is the watercourse of Johannesburg waterfalls. It is best flowing in the month of June to October with an average water volume of 25 cubic feet per second.

Johannesburg Falls

Johannesburg Falls – Source www.northeastwaterfalls.com

6. Yosemite Falls

Total Height: 2,425 ft (739 m)
State: California

Yosemite Falls is located in Mariposa County in California State, also the tallest waterfall in California. It has a total of 6 drops and Avg width of 30 meters with 85 degrees pitch. It is flowing 8 months in the year with an estimated average water volume of 250 Cubic feet per second.

Yosemite Falls

Yosemite Falls – Photo by Per Jensen via Flickr

Largest waterfalls in America (by Volume)

Largest waterfalls are measured by Volume (Flow rate in CFS) which including total drops.

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1. Niagara Falls

Avg. Volume: 85,000 CFS
Water Course: Niagara River

Niagara falls is the Cataract type of waterfalls and located on the international border between Canada (Ontario) and United States (New York). Niagara falls consist of three falls are the Horseshoe falls (Canada side), the American falls (US side), and the Bridal veil falls (US side), the horseshoe falls is 2,600 feet wide while the American fall is 1,060 feet wide.

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls – Photo by Saffron Blaze via Wikipedia

2. Willamette Falls

Avg. Volume: 30,849 CFS
Water Course: Willamette River

It is a natural waterfall located between Oregon City and West Linn, is the largest waterfalls in Pacific Northwest of America and seventh widest (1,500 feet) in the world. Willamette falls in the shape of Horseshoe and it is 76 feet high.

Willamette Falls

Willamette Falls – Photo by M.O. Stevens via Wikipedia

3. Great Falls

Avg. Volume: 16,750 CFS
Water Course: Potomac River

This is a waterfall located in Montgomery county in Maryland, 15 miles from Washington DC, is one of the major waterfalls in the US. Great fall is also known as ‘Great Falls of the Patomac’, but Great fall is the official name.

Great Falls

Great Falls – Photo by NortyNort via Wikipedia

4. Kootenai Falls

Avg. Volume: 10,941 CFS
Water Course: Kootenay River

Kootenai waterfall is located in Loncoln country in Montana, it is 55 feet in height (including tallest single drop 30 feet), 1,000 feet in width. Kootenai falls also known as Kootenay falls, currently one of the widest waterfalls in the US.

Kootenai Falls

Kootenai Falls – Photo by surreal67 via Flickr

5. Sandstone Falls

Avg. Volume: 7,847 CFS
Water Course: New River

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Sandstone falls is the largest waterfall on the New River, it is 1500 feet wide (one of the widest falls in the US). The height of the waterfalls is varying from 10 to 25 feet. This waterfall located in West Virginia on New River.

Sandstone falls

Sandstone falls – Photo by Itinerant Wanderer via Flickr

Inundated largest Waterfalls in the US

This waterfall formerly existed but has since been flooded beneath the waters impounded behind a dam.

Celilo Falls

Avg. Volume: 190,000 CFS
Water Course: Columbia River
State: Oregon

Kettle falls

Avg. Volume: 165,340 CFS
Water Course: Columbia River
State: Washington