Explore the most popular waterfall trails near Highlands with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Beautiful waterfalls, the hike is moderate.

hiking
5 days ago

Small parking lot, but spots open quickly as it’s a short tourist spot. Easy walk down to amazing views and a path under the falls. We were too early for fall color, but I bet it’s brilliant in this canyon.

Easy to get to and the kids loved it!!

Great spot to swim!

Great loop trail, all in tree canopy with some cool rhododendron tunnels. The falls are small but all in all a fun loop.

hiking
15 days ago

Beautiful falls.

Great view of falls from road or a quick 5 minute down the steps to get directly behind the deluge. Well traveled, well worth the time, but I wouldn't recommend the outhouse!

Overall a great hike. Kid friendly, a few washed out spots, beautiful waterfall!

Easy, and fun to walk under the falls, we visit regularly for a quick fun walk to cool off

hiking
20 days ago

Beautiful falls at the end of the trail. Some roots and washed out trail along the way, but that is typical around here and even with that it was a nice walk. We had no problem on the gravel roads. Would love to do it again in peak leaf season!

nature trips
23 days ago

Loved it, short hike and amazing waterfall.

AMAZING trail! My husband and I did this and loved it. It was tiny bit challenging but not bad at all. The terrain was diverse and the falls were amazing. I loved every moment.

hiking
1 month ago

Straight down! Slippery gravel in places. Beautiful payoff!! Watch out for snakes as you step across the rocks at the bottom... saw one curled up in the air right in our path... difficult to see unless you were looking directly at it.

Probably my favorite short hike near Highlands. We went today, Labor Day, thinking that it might be crowded but it was completely empty and never once saw another hiker. The waterfall is a perfect ending to this relatively easy hike. I highly recommend it.

hiking
1 month ago

Glen Falls is one of the most popular hikes near Highlands. For that reason, I’d say to avoid it if you are one that looks to avoid crowds. The falls are beautiful, but the sheer amount of people and dogs takes away from the enjoyment. If you go past the railing at the bottom and continue down the ‘trail’ it will put you out at the very bottom of the falls, which is a nice treat.

hiking
1 month ago

fantastic hike to a gorgeous waterfall...the hike in is a breeze because you go down hill most of the trail so coming out is a workout

1 month ago

Went here right after Christmas of 2017. Falls was half way frozen with massive icicles! Short “hike” but one of the best waterfalls around the area. Kids 7 & 4 absolutely loved this one.

I absolutely loved this trail. Now, first off let me say there were lots of trees down but...It was a beautiful trail with lots of rare flowers. The waterfall was spectacular and there was not a single person the whole hike ( which I loved). Easy to Moderate is what I would rate this one. I do wish they would remove all the downed trees but a beautiful hike nonetheless.

hiking
1 month ago

What a gorgeous waterfall where you can walk behind it and get cooled off. Easy stair walkway and easy access from paved parking lot. Such a great area, very green and lush surroundings. This would be a beautiful place to get married too!

hiking
1 month ago

What an amazing waterfall, very powerful and fun as you’re making your way down the trail, very rocky trail and quite treacherous. Natural beauty and one of my favorite waterfalls ever.

Beautiful! Definitely worth the stop.

This trail offers a steep hike through a nice forest to a series of beautiful waterfalls. However, there is very limited space available for viewing these falls, and the crowds detract from any possibility of a wilderness experience. The falls are very popular and located just outside of the Highlands city limits. If you hike this trail and want a chance to enjoy the falls, get there very early.

hiking
2 months ago

Recent monsoons have made the flow twice the normal flow!

hiking
2 months ago

Down hill is easy. Uphill is hard. A series of falls with limited viewing.

Good shady trail. Good amount of flowing water at various points along the trail. The falls are great and a nice cool break before finishing up the hike.

hiking
2 months ago

peaceful and very well maintained trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked 5 days before today and after 3 days of intense rain. Easy hike to enjoy the pool at the base of the falls.

Heavily shaded. Took about 1.5 hrs counterclockwise.
Stopped to read trail markers and enjoy ranger falls.

hiking
2 months ago

I have no clue how on earth this “trail” is easy. Extremely subtle entrance, as in, hop the rail or you’ll miss it. Not for the faint of heart, but 100% worth risking your life along the slippery slopes for that jaw dropping view!

on Dry Falls Trail

walking
2 months ago

If you are in the area, this is a must stop! There are steps down to the falls but it is so worth it. My 8 year old loved it and said it was his favorite of all the falls we have visited. Being able to walk behind it, is definitely fun. The recent rains made it very full and beautiful. I’m sure it’s that way even without the rain and would highly recommend this stop.

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