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15 of the Most Incredible Waterfall Photos Ever Taken

Picture yourself surrounded by natural beauty with these stunning waterfall pictures from Country magazine and National Geographic's Travis Burke.

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Bob Firth

Minnesota: High Falls of the Pigeon River

This waterfall with its 120-foot drop is the highest in Minnesota. It forms part of the international border between the United States and Canada.

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Robert Olejniczak

New York: Lucifer Falls in the Upper Gorge of Robert H. Treman State Park

The 115-foot Lucifer Falls is located among Ithaca, New York’s famous gorges, in Treman State Park. Visitors can also swim right up to the base of one of the park’s smaller waterfalls, Lower Enfield Glen. Check out more surprising hidden features in America’s natural landmarks.

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Kenny Dunn

Kentucky: Eagle Falls in Cumberland Falls State Park

This 44-foot beauty is located in the same Kentucky state park as Cumberland Falls, known as “the Niagara of the South.” These are the lesser-known, but still amazing, national parks you need to visit.

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Robert Olejniczak

New York: West Branch of the Ausable River in the Adirondack High Peaks

This river, located in New York’s Adirondack mountains, is known for its excellent whitewater rafting and kayaking.

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Terry Donnelly

Illinois: Matthiessen Falls from the Upper Dells in Matthiessen State Park

This spectacular Illinois state park is home to natural sand stone canyons. The park was previously known as Deer Park because of its large deer population; the animals get nutrients by licking the park’s mineral-rich, sandstone walls and drinking from its springs.

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glacierCourtesy Travis Burke Photography

Pacific Northwest: Glacier

National Geographic photographer Travis Burke might be the undisputed master of gorgeous waterfall pictures. For this one, he hiked into the depths of a Pacific Northwest glacier, where this still-moving waterfall provided a stunning contrast to the ice caves all around. Don’t miss these other stunning photos from National Geographic you need to see.

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letchworth state parkCourtesy Travis Burke Photography

New York: Letchworth State Park

This breathtaking wall of water is one of many prime spots for photos you’ll find in Letchworth State Park, located in Castile, New York. This park has been nicknamed “the Grand Canyon of the East” because of its massive gorge, which the Genesee River flows through.

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letchworth state parkCourtesy Travis Burke Photography

New York: Watkins Glenwat

The stream for which Watkins Glen State Park, located in New York’s Schuyler County, is best known creates 19 different waterfalls in only two miles. Burke’s shot showcases a few of them here.

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mooney fallsCourtesy Travis Burke Photography

Arizona: Mooney Falls, Havasupai Campground

This haunting photo captures the majesty of Mooney Falls both above and under the water. Check out some of the most amazing underwater photos ever taken.

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vail coloradoCourtesy Travis Burke Photography

Colorado: Vail

When you think of natural beauty in the Centennial State, mountains probably come to mind long before waterfalls, but you can’t deny that this majestic cascade in Vail makes a great spot for waterfall pictures.

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neverlandCourtesy Travis Burke Photography

Hawaii: Neverland, Kauai

Burke’s amazing photography provides a unique view of this amazing watery oasis tucked within a sea of green. Nicknamed “Neverland,” this trio of falls is sure to have visitors half-expecting to encounter Peter Pan’s mermaid friends. Get a look at some more of the world’s most colorful natural landmarks.

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utahCourtesy Travis Burke Photography

Utah: Donut Falls, Big Cottonwood Canyon

You may not think of Utah as a state that ever gets this cold, but temperatures in this northern Utah canyon can, and do, dip below freezing in the winter months. A frozen waterfall, as you can see from Burke’s photo of this one, is a sight like no other.

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baliCourtesy Travis Burke Photography

Indonesia: Banyumala Twin Waterfall, Bali

The other side of the world from North America has its share of breathtaking waterfalls, too. Burke gives us a close-up view of the secluded Banyumala Twin Waterfall, which is tough to access but boasts one of the country’s best swimming spots. Now, get a look at the most picturesque natural pools in the world.

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sipi fallsCourtesy Travis Burke Photography

Uganda: Sipi Falls

Comprised of three separate waterfalls, Sipi Falls is a popular tourist destination for waterfall lovers in this East African nation. The Sipi Falls area of the country is also a major coffee producer.

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sendang gileCourtesy Travis Burke Photography

Indonesia: Sendang Gile Waterfall

Burke snapped this epic shot right after a heavy rain, and it shows in the massive gush of water that dwarfs its fellow waterfalls in the Lombok region of Indonesia. Find out everything you need to know about the most beautiful waterfalls in the world.

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Can’t get enough of waterfall pictures?

You can see more amazing waterfall pictures like these images in God’s Country, a 160-page collection of the most beautiful places Country magazine has ever featured and a tour of America’s scenic majesty authentic locals. To see more of Travis Burke’s photos, follow him on Instagram @travisburkephotography. Next, check out these incredible photos of the most beautiful waterfalls in every U.S. state.

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Meghan Jones
Meghan Jones is a word nerd who has been writing for since 2017. You can find her byline on pieces about grammar, fun facts, the meanings of various head-scratching words and phrases, and more. Meghan graduated from Marist College with a Bachelor of Arts in English in 2017; her creative nonfiction piece “Anticipation” was published in the Spring 2017 issue of Angles literary magazine.