When most people think of Texas, they think of vast prairie land stretching for miles and miles.
While there are areas like this in Texas, there are also areas of extremely diverse terrain. Heck, we even have waterfalls in Texas!
It’s true! As a native Texas, I have been visiting some of these Texas waterfalls my entire life and love introducing people to them!
These waterfalls in Texas spread all the way from Big Bend to the Texas Hill Country.
Whether you are looking for waterfalls that cascade down into a fabulous swimming hole, like Hamilton Pool Preserve, or waterfalls that make you feel like you have been transported to a far away land, the Lone Star State has you covered!
Keep reading to discover some of the most visited waterfalls (and the best waterfalls) in Texas!
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Gorman Falls, Colorado Bend State Park
Gorman Falls is easily one of the best waterfalls in Texas.
Gorman Falls is one of the Texas waterfalls that make you feel as if you have been transported to another country.
Once you arrive at Colorado Bend State Park, make your way down the 3-mile round trip hiking trail to reach Gorman Falls.
At the end of the hiking trail you will make your way down a rock facing with the assistance of a large rope. Once at the bottom, you are greeted with one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Texas, Gorman Falls!
The falls here are a wide waterfall that cascades down the sides of the rocky, mossy cliffs. One look and you will feel like you are in Hawaii or Costa Rica, not Texas!
After hanging out at Gorman Falls, be sure to enjoy the miles of hiking trails and other activities that Colorado Bend State Park has to offer.
Pro Tip: Be sure and wear study shoes on the trail to Gorman Falls as it is on uneven terrain and there are often cacti and other forms of vegetation growing. Also bring plenty of water with you during your hike in Colorado Bend State Park.
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Pedernales Falls, Pedernales Falls State Park
Pedernales Falls State Park is a great state park in Texas that also happens to have waterfalls, hence its name.
Located in the Texas small town of Johnson City, Pedernales Fall are one of the more unique falls in the state.
The falls here at Pedernales Falls are spread across the Pedernales River and then cascade over the limestone rocks creating beautiful waterfalls.
The bottom of the falls create beautiful natural pools that are loved by fishermen thanks to all of the species of fish that are caught here.
After parking, take the easy .5-mile hike on the Twin Falls Nature Trail to find the falls.
These waterfalls cascade down the rocks and are really lovely!
Just take note that you are not allowed to swim directly in the falls.
However, you are allowed to swim and tube on other parts of the river, just be mindful of the signs guiding you through where you can swim.
In addition to the fall, Pedernales Falls State Park also offers camping sites and hiking trails you can use!
Pro Tip: Be careful when visiting Pedernales Falls State Park as Pedernales Falls and the Pedernales River are prone to flash flooding.
Visit the park’s website for up-to-date information.
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Hamilton Pool Waterfall, Hamilton Pool Preserve
If you need an escape from the Texas heat, then pay a visit to another of the best Texas waterfalls, Hamilton Pool Waterfall.
As one of the fun and easy day trips from Austin, the small town of Dripping Springs is the great place to spend the day.
Hamilton Pool Preserve is a beautiful natural pool that is the most unique experience that you can probably have in Texas.
Now, the Hamilton Pool waterfall is not the tallest in Texas, but it is a great addition to one of our favorite Texas swimming holes!
This beautiful waterfall at Hamilton Pool drops 50 foot from the cave-like rock outcropping to the amazing swimming hole above, making this one of the best Texas waterfalls.
Not only that, but Dripping Springs is a fabulous town to visit not far from downtown Austin!
Pro Tip: Hamilton Pool Preserve fills up fast in the summer, so be sure to make your reservation in advance to this Travis County park. Visit the Hamilton Pool website for complete details.
Cattail Falls, Big Bend National Park
Cattail Falls is another of the waterfalls located in Big Bend National Park.
The Chisos Mountains location of Cattail Falls makes it a little difficult to get to, meaning that if you brave the hike to these falls, you might just have the place all to yourself.
The 3-mile hike to Cattail Falls ascends the mountain until you arrive at this unique Texas waterfall like looks like cattails, hence its name.
Pro Tip: Be sure to wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring plenty of water and bear spray if making the hike to Cattail Falls. The terrain can be unforgiving and there are black bears in the area.
Pine Canyon Waterfall, Big Bend National Park
If you are wanting to visit Pine Canyon Waterfall in Big Bend National Park, then plan on having a four-wheel-drive-vehicle.
After doing the four-mile roundtrip hike, then you can take a break and enjoy the natural beauty of this fabulous Texas waterfall.
Mexicano Falls, Big Bend Ranch State Park
Close to Madrid Falls in Big Bend Ranch State Park, you will also find Mexicano Falls.
The third tallest waterfall in Texas, Mexicano Falls is easy to access vis the Choro Vista Trailhead.
Window Trail, Big Bend National Park
During times of heavy rains, Big Bend National Park boasts another pretty waterfall, the waterfall that falls from Window Trail.
The Window Trail Waterfall can be viewed from below by hiking on the Oak Springs Trail.
This is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Texas when it is flowing.
Since this waterfall can only be viewed during times of heavy rainfall, you can enjoy hiking Windows Trail instead.
The Windows Trail has a fabulous overlook area that gives hikers a great view of the Oak Creek Canyon below.
Pro Tip: The terrain on Windows Trail Waterfall can be slippery, so be careful when hiking in this area.
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Madrid Falls, Big Bend Ranch State Park
Head to Big Bend Ranch State Park if you want to see Madrid Falls, one of the tallest waterfalls in Texas!
Now grated, Madrid Falls isn’t the tallest waterfall in Texas, but it is the tallest waterfall in Texas that is open to the public!
Getting to Madrid Falls does require some effort and a four-wheel-drive-vehicle.
The difficulty in getting to the falls means that few people visit Madrid Falls, making it that much more special!
Take note that there is an entry fee to enter the park, so be sure to check their website for the most up-to-date information.
Pro Tip: Hike to the falls to get a fabulous view with scenic overlooks.
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Capote Falls, Marfa
You will find the tallest waterfall in Texas in the small town of Marfa Texas.
Capote Falls drops 175 feet and is fed by Capote Creek. Unfortunately, Capote Falls is located on private property so you can’t visit without permission.
You can ask permission from the land owner if you really want to visit this West Texas waterfall, or you can take a helicopter tour over Marfa!
Krause Springs, Spicewood
One of the most beautiful places to visit in Texas is Krause Springs in Spicewood.
Not only does Krause Springs have one of Texas waterfalls, but it is also a popular swimming area in Spicewood.
Head about 30 miles west of Austin when you are ready to visit Krause Springs. Here you can enjoy swimming or spend the night camping in their beautiful campground.
Do take note that Krause Springs is actually located on private property, but paying guests are allowed to enjoy the property.
The 30 natural springs at Krause Springs and Cypress Creek empty into nearby Lake Travis.
The property also contains a man-made pool for guests to enjoy.
Be sure to visit their website for more information.
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Westcave Waterfall, Westcave Preserve
The Westcave Preserve Falls , located in Westcave Preserve is a 40-foot waterfall that empties into a pool below. This cascading fall creates a pretty little grotto area behind the fall.
While you can only visit Westcave Waterfall on a guided tour, they are offered on the weekends.
This Texas Hill Country beauty is definitely worth having on your Texas Bucket List, so don’t miss it!
Pro Tip: Be sure to make your reservation well in advance as tours to Westcave Preserve Falls, round Mountain, and Westcave Preserve fill up fast!
You can make reservations easily on their website.
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Beef Creek Falls, Jasper
In Jasper, Texas, there is a small waterfall called Beef Creek Falls.
Dropping about 15-feet, Beef Creek Falls is located on Hog Creek and empties into the Sam Rayburn Reservoir.
This East Texas waterfall also requires a guided tour in order to visit, so don’t venture out there on your own!
Upper and Lower Falls, McKinney Falls State Park
The Texas Hill Country region has several waterfalls to visit.
Another of our favorites are the Upper and Lower Falls at McKinney Falls State Park.
Located just outside of Austin, McKinney Falls State Park is the perfect places to see another of the waterfalls in Texas, but to also enjoy the day swimming, fishing, kayaking, and more!
When you arrive at McKinney Falls Park, a short hike will get you to the falls.
The limestone cliffs on the upper falls of Onion Creek is a popular place for swimmers. They love to jump off of the limestone rocks into the pool below.
Of course, McKinney Falls State Park also offers other amenities to enjoy.
You can spend the day on the hike and bike trails, go fishing, bird watching, and more.
Pro Tip: Make your reservations for McKinney Falls State Park prior to visiting to guarantee you will receive entry.
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Blue Hole Park, Georgetown
One of the most popular swimming holes in Texas is found at Blue Hole Park in Georgetown.
A visit here allows you a great way to cool off from the Texas heat, and give you the opportunity to visit one of the widest waterfalls in the state.
The Blue Hole Park is found on the San Gabriel River and is the perfect place to jump into the emerald water of the park.
This is one of the best waterfalls in Texas.
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Wildcat Hollow Waterfall, Dinosaur Valley State Park
Dinosaur Valley State Park is most famous for the dinosaur tracks that are fossilized in the Paluxy River bed, but did you know that it also boasts a waterfall?
It’s true, but you can only see it during times of heavy rain.
The Wildcat Hollow Waterfall can be found at the end of the marked trailhead. Ask the park ranger if you are having trouble finding the trail.
While walking the trail, take in the scenic views that are abound in the Lone Star State.
Once you are finished having fun at Dinosaur Valley, then be sure to visit the small town of Glen Rose, TX also.
Boykin Creek Waterfall, Angelina National Forest
Angelina National Forest in East Texas boasts the Boykin Springs Recreation Area inside of the Angelina National Forest.
Here you can hike the Sawmill Hiking Trail to the small waterfall, Boykin Creek Waterfall.
This small waterfall located inside of the Boykin Springs Recreation Area is a great place to enjoy a relaxing day in the Texas countryside.
The area also boasts a picnic shelter and some great campsites on Boykin Lake.
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Airfield Falls, Fort Worth
Of course, we had to include our hometown of Dallas-Fort Worth on our list of waterfalls in Texas!
There are so many things to do in Dallas-Fort Worth, and one of those is Airfield Falls, Tarrant County’s largest natural waterfall.
Head to Westworth Village on Pumphrey Drive to locate the trailhead that will lead you to Airfield Falls.
On the way, be on the lookout for the wildlife that call this area home and for the Texas historic markers that are found in the area.
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Chalk Ridge Falls, Belton
Chalk Ridge Falls in Belton, Texas are some of the most popular falls in Texas.
This is probably due to the fact that the falls are so easy to access thanks to their location right off of Interstate 35.
This is one of the wide falls in Texas that you will love to visit.
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Dolan Falls, Devils River Nature Preserve
Dolan Falls at the Devils River Nature Preserve is one of the prettiest rivers in Texas thanks to its crystal clear water.
Getting to Dolan Falls is a bit more of an adventure than some of the other falls on our list as access to the falls can only be obtained by a river trip on Devils River.
If you choose to take the adventure down the river, then you are rewarded with a waterfall cascading over the rocks of the river.
In addition to Dolan Falls, you can also enjoy kayaking or fishing while on Devils River.
Pro Tip: Dolan Falls is located on Devils River, but the property on both sides of the river is private property, so be sure to only stay on the River State Natural Area during your visit.
Granted, this Texas waterfall is man-made, but I still felt that it deserved a place on our list.
I mean, what would a visit to a town named “Wichita Falls” be if you didn’t get to see a waterfall!
Located near the town of Wichita Falls, which is one of the great day trips from Dallas, this waterfall is easy to access and worth a visit.
Head to Lucy Park, the Wichita Falls city park that surrounds the Wichita River to visit this relaxing city waterfall.
To get to the falls, follow Wichita River Trail from Lucy Park.
The walk through Lucy Park in Wichita Falls is so pretty that you will have completed the 1-mile hike to the falls before you even know it!
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About The Author
Michelle Snell is a travel writer, history buff, wine lover, and enthusiast of different cultures. Michelle enjoys bringing places to life through her informative writing style on her blogs, That Texas Couple and Totally Texas Travel. Her practical tips and suggestions help make travel dreams a reality while immersing her readers in the history, culture, and food of a region. She is happiest sipping wine in Italy or chilling on a beach with her husband, Marty.
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