Tallest and Largest Waterfalls in the United States of America

The United States of America (USA) is one of the world’s most populous and largest countries, with several natural wonders. The ranking is based on the waterfalls’ overall height and size, drops, and total water volume.

Several of the world’s largest and tallest waterfalls can be found in the United States. While each waterfall is unique in its own way, picking which is the most beautiful is challenging. The following is a list of waterfalls in the United States, ranked by height and total volume (flow rate), several of which have been officially measured.

Tallest waterfalls in the USA (by overall Height)

Here, the tallest waterfalls are measured by overall height, including total drops.

1. Oloupena Falls

Oloupena Falls, also known as Olo’upena Falls, is the United States’ tallest and unofficially the world’s fourth-largest waterfall. On the island of Molokai, which is part of the Hawaiian archipelago’s northeastern region, is where it is located. It’s a multi-tiered waterfall that’s only visible in the rainy season (it appears in the seasonal stream).

Total Height: 2,953 ft (900 m)
Type: Tiered
State: Hawaii
Location on Map: https://goo.gl/maps/3Ab9EBkcGQpkxtRA7

Oloupena falls
Oloupena falls – Photo by Keep It Dream via Flickr

2. Pu’uka’oku Falls

Puukaoku Falls, located on Molokai, the Hawaiian island, is the second tallest in the United States and the eighth tallest in the world. It is 500 metres east of Oloupena Falls and is narrow and heavily cut.

Total Height: 2,756 ft (840 m)
State: Hawaii
Location on Map: https://goo.gl/maps/MQqL1jFomqBnyUQE6

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

3. Waihilau Falls

It is the world’s 13th tallest waterfall in terms of total height and the second tallest by the longest single drop in the world. It’s a horsetail-style waterfall on the Waihilau River in Hawaii’s Waimanu Valley. It has a single 792 meters long drop.

Total Height: 2,600 ft (792 m)
State: Hawaii
Location on Map: https://goo.gl/maps/eR6ecU6kyG5vFYSN8

Waihilau Falls located in Hawaii
Photo by Chris Miles via Flickr

4. Colonial Creek Falls

It’s also known as Hiavaty Falls, and it’s located in Washington’s North Cascades National Park. Colonial Creek is the source of the waterfall, which features 14 different drops with an average slope of 65 degrees. There are 14 separate drops in Colonial Creek, with an average slope of 65 degrees. Colonial Creek is a small brook with a constant year-round flow.

Total Height: 2,568 ft (783 m)
State: Washington
Location on Map: https://goo.gl/maps/QVaGDLV3xHtLVSZ67

Colonial Creek Falls
Colonial Creek Falls – Image Source: www.adventuresnw.com

5. Johannesburg Falls

Johannesburg Falls is the world’s 18th tallest waterfall, with a total of 5 drops, a pitch of 59 degrees, and a single greatest drop of 800 feet. This comes within the jurisdiction of Washington’s Skagit County. The Johannesburg waterfalls get their water from the Glacier. From June through October, it falls heavily, with an average water volume of 25 cubic feet per second.

Total Height: 2,465 ft (751 m)
State: Washington
Location on Map: https://goo.gl/maps/BTrZwm3gvsXuHf149

Johannesburg Falls
Johannesburg Falls – Image Source: www.northeastwaterfalls.com

6. Yosemite Falls

Yosemite Falls, California’s tallest waterfall, is located in Mariposa County. It has a total of six drops, each having an average width of 30 meters and an 85-degree pitch. It flows for eight months of the year, with an estimated average water volume of 250 cubic feet per second.

Total Height: 2,425 ft (739 m)
State: California
Location on Map: https://goo.gl/maps/fAw7RJt56k4vKvcg6

Yosemite Falls
Yosemite Falls – Photo by Per Jensen via Flickr

Largest waterfalls in the USA (by Volume)

The largest waterfalls are measured by volume (flow rate in CFS) which includes total drops.
CFS= Cubic Feet Per Second

1. Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is a cataract waterfall on the international boundary between Canada (Ontario) and the United States (New York). On the Canadian side, it is called the Canadian horseshoe waterfall. The American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls are both located in the United States. The American Falls are 1,060 feet wide, while the Horseshoe Falls are 2,600 feet wide.

Avg. Volume: 85,000 CFS
Water Source: Niagara River
Avg.Height: 50 meters
Location on Map:

Image by ASTemplates from Pixabay

See Also:

2. Willamette Falls

It is the largest waterfall in the Pacific Northwest and the world’s sixth-largest, at 1,500 feet wide and 40 feet tall. It’s halfway between West Linn and Oregon City. Willamette Falls is in a horseshoe shape and has a flow rate of 30,849 cu ft/s.

The Portland General Electric company was founded in 1888 with the goal of constructing a hydroelectric power plant near the falls, now its not operatinal and original plant’s foundations are still visible. The T.W.Sullivan Plant (New plant, formerly Station B) is still in service and has a capacity of 16,000 kilowatts.

Avg. Volume: 30,849 CFS
Water Source: Willamette River
Location on Map: https://goo.gl/maps/5Rp5T6bWCMEkKmSV9

3. Great Waterfall

This is a well-known waterfall in the United States, located 15 miles from Washington, DC in Montgomery County, Maryland. The big falls of the Potomac River are sometimes known as the “Great Falls of the Potomac.”

Outdoor sports like as kayaking, whitewater rafting, rock climbing, and hiking are popular in the Great Falls region.

Avg. Volume: 16,750 CFS
Water Source: Potomac River
Location on Map: https://goo.gl/maps/rSyoaQRaQJujmFib7

Photo by Sara Cottle on Unsplash

4. Kootenai Falls

In Montana’s Lincoln Country, you’ll find the Kootenai Falls. With a height of 55 feet (including the biggest single drop of 30 feet) and a width of 1,000 feet, it is one of the largest waterfalls in the United States. Kootenai Falls is also known as ‘Kootenay Falls.’

Avg. Volume: 10,941 CFS
Water Source: Kootenay River
Location on Map: https://goo.gl/maps/w28xeZL7tnx2SdxD8

5. Sandstone Falls

Sandstone Falls, the biggest waterfall on the New River, is 1500 feet wide (one of the widest waterfalls in the USA). The waterfalls vary in height from 10 to 25 feet.

Avg. Volume: 7,847 CFS
Water Source: New River
Location on Map: https://goo.gl/maps/BZUGyv3RViLr2ZgV7

Photo by Tanya Dusett on Unsplash

Inundated largest Waterfalls in the US

These waterfalls formerly existed and have since been flooded beneath the waters impounded behind a dam.

Celilo Falls

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

Kettle falls

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


Share this post: Facebook | Twitter

Posted by: Worldlistmania Contributor