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5 Gorgeous Northern California Waterfalls With No Hiking Required

There are many beautiful waterfalls in Northern California, and some of them you don’t even need to leave the paved parking area or roadside to fully enjoy their beauty. If you believe you don’t have to spend weeks fully immersed in nature to truly enjoy its beauty, then add these waterfalls to your bucket list today.


1. Kickapoo Falls, Trinity

This stunning waterfall flows over a rough rock face, scattering the water in all directions. It’s a sight to behold.

2. Hedge Creek Falls, Dunsmuir

If you are up to the task, there’s a neat little cave behind this cascade that you can walk into and gain a new perspective on the falls.

3. Horsetail Falls, Strawberry

As you drive west on Highway 50 (towards Placerville as you leave Tahoe), keep your eye on the peaks before you as you descend Meyer’s Grade. Before you enter the town of Strawberry, you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of this cascade of white water as it flows over the granite rock of Desolation Wilderness.

4. Burney Falls, McArthur-Burney Falls State Park, near McCloud

You can enjoy amazing views of the falls from the parking lot.

5. Glen Alpine Falls, South Lake Tahoe

The 65-foot-tall waterfall in South Lake Tahoe is located right off the road and is easy to view with no hiking required.

6. Bridal Veil Falls, Highway 50 Near Pollock Pines

Pull off to the side of the highway and take in these beautiful falls, which are located right on the road. are the most impressive in the springtime and dwindle down to a trickle in the fall.

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