The Palouse Falls, lying on the Palouse River, is surrounded by a canyon. Named for the Palouse Indians, current, inhabitants of the area, it is the official state waterfall for the state of Washington. Palouse State Park is the ideal entry to enjoy the panoramic view of the falls as it downrushes a wall of rock. Picnic shelters and bird watchers dot the landscape. Camping and hiking are available in the park.
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Travertine comes from limestone. This limestone is the reason for the unique blue-green color of the Havasu Falls, located on the Havasupai Tribe reservation. Close to the Grand Canyon National Park, it is an oddity in the desert. A beautiful falls within it's own canyon, it is an exceptional sight. Hiking with backpacked mules to the campground is one mode of observation. If hiking and camping are not on your agenda, within two miles of the falls is the Havasupai Lodge. Among alternatives to a hike, you may join a planned tour. Hiring a helicopter to offer a true bird's eye view is another choice.
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In the heart of Kentucky, Cumberland Falls flows 60 feet over boulders. Mists of water drift over devotees of the water while they enjoy kayaking, white water rafting and canoeing. Fishing is another popular sport at the Columbia River. At the falls, just past the gift shop, the new Cumberland Mining Company offers gem mining. Discover fossils and all colors and shapes of gemstones while you sift through your collection from the falls. Cumberland Falls also has 17 miles of backpacking and hiking trails to discover.
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Alamere Falls is a unique forty foot waterfall, located in Point Reyes National Seashore. Because it flows directly into the ocean, it is known as a tidefall. The falls cascade over a slanted cliff, down on the stone rubble near the beach, where the ocean crashes to meet the falls. It is only available to those hikers able to journey on foot eight and a half miles. The trail leading to the falls is both wide and narrow, sometimes scary but worth the reward. The sight of the fantastic coastal scenery of Alamere Falls is extraordinary.
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Paradise is a matter of opinion, unless one is describing the Tahquamenon Falls in the Upper Peninsula, Michigan. The Tahquamenon River courses down to a 50 foot drop, creating the Upper Tahquamenon Falls. Just a few miles downstream the Lower Tahqamenon Falls, a combination of five lesser declines of water continues downstream to Lake Superior. Located in a scenic forest with a paved path for visitors from the parking area the falls may be seen from several parts of the park. Three sections of stairs between the top, center and lower parts of the waterfalls are ideal for snapping photos.
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