10 of the Best Waterfalls in the Northeastern United States
The Northeastern United States is home to one of the most famous waterfalls in the world. But there are many other beautiful waterfalls across New York, New England, and New Jersey. Here are 10 beautiful and unique waterfalls to see, along with recommendations on where to stay nearby.
Bash Bish Falls – Mount Washington, Massachusetts
Bash Bish Falls in Mount Washington, Massachusetts — Photo courtesy of Linda Laban
Bash Bish Falls, in the Berkshire Hills that are part of Appalachia, is the tallest waterfall in Massachusetts. Drive on narrow, winding mountain tracks, then take a short walk to reach the 80-foot drop into a calm pool – the final spectacle in a series of 200-foot waterfalls.
Stay: In the nearby hamlet of New Marlborough, the Old Inn on the Green is a historic stagecoach inn, now a luxury rustic retreat with excellent food and drink served in a dining room lit by fireplaces and candles.
Buttermilk Falls – Ithaca, New York
Buttermilk Falls in Ithaca, New York — Photo courtesy of Hotel Ithaca
The college town of Ithaca sits on the shores of Cayuga Lake, the longest of the Finger Lakes, part of an area surrounded by more than 150 waterfalls emanating from gorges carved by moving glaciers millions of years ago. years. A few miles from downtown, Buttermilk Falls State Park is where the incredibly pretty Buttermilk Creek plunges 500 feet above exposed rock strata, dropping into a pool below.
Stay: Hotel Ithaca, an independent hotel located in the heart of downtown, is just over 2 miles from Buttermilk Falls State Park.
Moss Glen Falls – Granville, Vermont
Moss Glen Falls in Granville, Vermont — Photo courtesy of Tim Volk
Located just south of the lovely Mad River Valley among the green mountains of rural Vermont, Moss Glen Falls is eight miles down scenic Route 100 from the hamlet of Warren, which boasts its own falls. Warren Falls is a popular local swimming hole and certainly a great waterfall to visit.
Moss Glen Falls, however, has more action in its so-called ponytail – or fan-shaped waterfall – over ancient boulders and into a shallow pool. These two beautiful waterfalls are easily accessible, but swimming is only permitted at Warren Falls.
Stay: The Pitcher Inn on Main Street in Warren – it’s the quietest Main Street you’ll ever see – is an eclectic luxury inn filled with antiques with a remarkable farm-to-table restaurant.
Mine Kill Falls – North Blenheim, New York
Mine Kill Falls in North Blenheim, New York — Photo courtesy of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
About 80 miles southwest of Albany in upstate New York, Mine Kill State Park is part of the Schoharie County Eagle Trail. Spotting a bald eagle or two during the hike to and from the waterfall is therefore a wonderful bonus. There are several trails, ranging from easy to moderately difficult, and there is the non-hiking option to watch from the viewing platform, which is an easy walk from the parking lot.
Stay: The Mill Pond Inn in Jefferson, which is about 10 miles away, is a converted Federal-style mill building, now a boutique inn with a seasonally inspired restaurant.
Arethusa Falls – Location of Hart, New Hampshire
Arethusa Falls at Hart’s Location, New Hampshire — Photo courtesy of WISEGUYCREATIVE.COM
At approximately 160 feet in height, Arethusa Falls is one of the tallest accessible waterfalls in New England. Sometimes called Tuckerman’s Falls because of their proximity to the famous Tuckerman’s Ravine, these tiered falls are found after a moderate hike on the intriguingly named Frankenstein Cliff Loop in Crawford Notch State Park in the White Mountains. . It’s popular in warm weather – and popular with ice climbers in winter.
Stay: The Eastern Slope Inn in North Conway is a historic lodge, now a self-catering hotel with large rooms with kitchenettes, located on this artsy and fun town’s main drag, the White Mountain Highway.
High Falls Gorge – Wilmington, New York
High Falls Gorge in Wilmington, New York — Photo courtesy of Shannon M. Shipman
Located in a 22-acre private nature park in the Adirondack Mountains, about a half-hour drive from Whiteface Mountain and ten from Lake Placid, High Falls Gorge is a series of four waterfalls, opened to the public in 1890. A short loop of trail – about a half hour walk – leads over bridges and walkways, crossing and skirting the falls.
Stay: The all-suite resort, the AAA four-diamond Whiteface Lodge, sits in the middle of the woods above Lake Placid. Suites include full kitchens, washer/dryers, and balconies or patios. Room rates include breakfast.
Paterson Great Falls – Paterson, New Jersey
Paterson Great Falls in Paterson, New Jersey — Photo courtesy of E+/iShootPhotosLLC
Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park is home to the second largest waterfall located east of the Mississippi River. Paterson Great Falls is behind the mighty Niagara Falls in volume and speed of crashing water, but these 260-foot-wide, 77-foot-tall falls flowing from the Passaic River are a spectacular focal point in the heart of Paterson, whose industry history began with the falls as a source of energy. The hike to the falls, bottom to top, takes less than an hour.
Stay: The Hyatt Place Fair Lawn/Paramus offers modern and comfortable stays just 7 miles from the Falls.
Moxie Falls – West Forks, Maine
Moxie Falls in West Forks, Maine — Photo courtesy of Visit Maine
High up in northern Maine and less than 2 hours from Maine’s capital, Augusta, Moxie Falls is one of the tallest waterfalls in the state and gets votes for the most beautiful. The falls have a drop of approximately 90 feet and are located in the remote upper Kennebec Valley, but are easily accessible via moderate hiking aided by steps and boardwalks. Strategically constructed wooden viewing platforms provide views of Moxie’s many dives.
Stay: Hawk’s Nest Lodge in West Forks is a hand-built, independently run rustic woodland retreat with an on-site restaurant, decorated with woodcarvings by Maine’s champion chainsaw carver Jeff Samudosky.
Flume Gorge – Lincoln, New Hampshire
Flume Gorge in Lincoln, New Hampshire — Photo courtesy of New Hampshire Travel and Tourism
This natural gorge with towering granite walls includes a 3.2 km walk along pools, streams and waterfalls large and small. Located at the foot of Mount Liberty in Franconia Notch State Park in the beautiful White Mountains of northern New Hampshire, bridges, walkways and steps make it easy to traverse the natural, boulder-strewn chasm. The most spectacular natural water feature is the thundering Avalanche Falls, Flume Gorge’s largest waterfall.
Stay: In nearby Lincoln, a 10-minute drive away, RiverWalk Resort at Loon Mountain offers suites with kitchenettes, an on-site restaurant, pool, and day spa.
Niagara Falls – Niagara Falls, New York
American and Bridal Veil Falls in Niagara Falls, New York — Photo courtesy of Niagara Falls USA & New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
Niagara Falls, which includes three main waterfalls, might just be the most famous waterfall in the world. Spanning the US and Canadian borders, the two countries share Horseshoe Falls, while American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls are both located in New York City. The famous Maid of the Mist tour boat operates only on the US side of the falls, and after ferrying passengers around the Niagara Gorge for more than 150 years, two new all-electric, emission-free boats were launched in 2021.
Stay: The United Office Building, built in 1929, in Art Deco and Mayan Revival style, is now the luxury boutique Giacomo Hotel, less than half a mile from the waterfalls of Niagara Falls State Park.