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 large countries, with several natural wonders. The overall height of the waterfalls, including drops, as well as the size of the waterfalls, which includes the total volume of water, are used to calculate the ranking.

Several of the world’s largest and tallest waterfalls can be found in the United States, and they are popular among adventure tourists and visitors. While each waterfall is unique in its own way, picking which is the finest or most beautiful is challenging. The following is a list of US waterfalls are categorized by height and total volume (flow rate), with many of them having 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

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

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

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

2. Pu’uka’oku Falls

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

Puukaoku Falls is a waterfall in Molokai on the Hawaiian island. It is the second tallest building in the United States and the eighth tallest in the world. It is narrow and severely carved and is located 500 meters east of Oloupena Falls.

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

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

Waihilau Falls located in Hawaii
Photo by Chris Miles via Flickr

4. Colonial Creek Falls

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

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.

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

5. Johannesburg Falls

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

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.

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

6. Yosemite Falls

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

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.

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

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

Niagara Falls is a Cataract waterfall on Canada’s (Ontario) and the United States (New York) international border. Niagara Falls is formed of the Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side, American Falls on the USA side, and Bridal Veil Falls on the US side. The American Falls are 1,060 feet wide, while the Horseshoe Falls are 2,600 feet wide.

Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls – Photo by Saffron Blaze via Wikipedia

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2. Willamette Falls

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

It is the largest waterfall in the Pacific Northwest and the world’s sixth-largest (1,500 feet). It’s halfway between West Linn and Oregon City. Willamette Falls is 76 feet tall and has a horseshoe shape.

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

3. Great Falls

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

This is a notable waterfall in the United States, located in Montgomery County, Maryland, 15 miles from Washington, DC. The Potomac River’s Great Falls are also known as the “Great Falls of the Potomac.”

Great Falls
Great Falls – Photo by NortyNort via Wikipedia

4. Kootenai Falls

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

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.’

Kootenai Falls
Kootenai Falls – Photo by ‘surreal67’ via Flickr

5. Sandstone Falls

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

Sandstone Falls, the New River’s largest waterfall, is 1500 feet wide (one of the widest falls in the US). The waterfalls range in height from 10 to twenty-five feet. The New River in West Virginia has formed this waterfall.

Sandstone falls
Sandstone falls – Photo by Itinerant Wanderer via Flickr

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 Course: Columbia River
State: Washington

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