There are times when the treadmill or stairclimber comes in handy, but Mother Nature is really the ultimate gym. Hiking not only provides epic Insta opportunities, but leaves you feeling accomplished, refreshed, and more motivated to conquer whatever life throws your way (including, you know, poison ivy or bears). And nothing makes a hike feel more magical than turning the corner and finding a grand—or secret—waterfall.
Some places are more blessed in the water feature department than others, but no matter where you live, there are #views to be had.
Rounded up here are the best waterfall hikes in all 50 states, including need-to-know deets like how much of a workout you can expect. (It’s way better to know what you’re getting yourself into before you hit the trail, not five miles in, am I right?) Your next fitness adventure begins right here.
If you want to see more than one spot on this list, start planning your road trip with these tips. And if your friends are more city people, here are four surprising lessons you can only learn by traveling solo.
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