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7 Waterfalls to explore in California

The most populous U.S. state and the third-largest by area.

Beatson FallsButte Valley, CA 95965, USA

A beautiful waterfalls located in the heart of Butte county. It is one of two waterfalls in Beatson Hollow. North Table Mountain, created by ancient lava flows, is an elevated basalt mesa with beautiful views of mountains, spring wildflowers, waterfalls, and lava outcrops.One particularly popular activity to enjoy near the parking area is kite flying. There is also opportunities for trekking and so many other activities too.

Darwin FallsDarwin Falls, California, USA

A beautiful waterfall of greenery located on the west edge of the Death Valley desert.The falls are located in a small, narrow valley near Panamint Valley. Access to the trail to Darwin Falls is a dirt road located on the south side of State Route 190, approximately .25 miles west of Panamint Springs. Darwin Falls and Creek are fed by the Darwin Wash, which is in turn fed by the volcanic tableland of the Darwin Bench between the Inyo Mountains and the Argus Range.

Feather FallsFeather Falls, CA 95966, USA

Feather Falls is a Northern CA, Yosemite-style waterfall without the crowds, featuring a 410-foot drop in a dramatic Sierra Nevada setting. The falls can be partially seen from the middle arm of Lake Oroville but are usually observed from a platform accessed by either of two trails maintained by the United States Forest Service.

Hollow FallsButte Valley, CA 95965, USA

Hollow Falls is a waterfall in Butte County.Formed by ancient lava flows, the underlying basalt rock on the mesa holds water, resulting in spectacular annual wildflower blooms, stunning vernal pools, and dramatic but fleeting waterfalls. This is a popular trail for hiking, walking, and other nature trips, but you can still enjoy some solitude during quieter times of day.

Phantom FallsOroville, CA 95965, USA

Also called as coal canyon falls. This is a waterfall near Oroville, California which is 166 feet high. A small pool at the bottom is home to a California newt subspecies. As a seasonal waterfall, Phantom Falls runs only during the rainy months, late autumn to early spring.

Rainbow FallsRainbow Falls, California, USA

This is the highest waterfall on the Middle Fork of the San Joaquin River, in the eastern Sierra Nevada. As water rushes over the cliff, it erodes the vertically fractured rhyodacite more easily. A small cavern begins to form at the base of the falls, and the overlying rock loses its support and collapses. This process, known as undercutting, causes the waterfall to recede slowly upstream.

Yosemite National ParkYosemite National Park, California, USA

A majestic national park surrounded on the southeast by Sierra National Forest and on the northwest by Stanislaus National Forest. It is one of the largest and least fragmented habitat blocks in the Sierra Nevada, and the park supports a diversity of plants and animals.The park contains suitable habitat for more than 160 rare plants, with rare local geologic formations and unique soils characterizing the restricted ranges many of these plants occupy.