TABLE KEY
Cataloged - Mapped, Photographed, Measured
Confirmed - Location confirmed, height accurate
Unconfirmed - Location rough, height unconfirmed
Unknown - Limited or no information available
Inundated - Flooded by dam
Disqualified - Not a waterfall by our definition
Posted - Private property, no public access.

waterfall database

worlds tallest waterfalls
by tallest free-falling drop

List of waterfalls with a free-falling drop of at least 500 feet in height.  Only waterfalls which drop at an angle over 85 degrees perpendicular to the flow of the watercourse are considered for this list (we allow for slightly less than 90 degrees because there are very few waterfalls which drop a true 90 degrees). Waterfalls with more than one tier qualify for this list as long as all tiers drop over 85 degrees.

   Query returned 87 entries
  Name of Waterfall Tallest Drop     state / Province Country
 
1 . Kerepakupai Merú 2,648 ft 807 m Bolívar Venezuela
2 . Kjeragfossen 2,345 ft 715 m This waterfall is known to dry up during certain times of year Norway
3 . Kukenaam, Salto 2,211 ft 674 m This waterfall is known to dry up during certain times of year Bolivar Venezuela
4 . Ventisquero Colgante, Cascada de 1,800 ft 549 m Aisén Chile
5 . Gocta, Catarata 1,770 ft 540 m Amazonas Peru
6 . Ribbon Fall 1,612 ft 491 m This waterfall is known to dry up during certain times of year California United States
7 . Piedra Bolada, Cascada de 1,486 ft 453 m This waterfall is known to dry up during certain times of year Chihuahua Mexico
8 . Yosemite Falls 1,430 ft 436 m This waterfall is known to dry up during certain times of year California United States
9 . Horsetail Falls 1,400 ft 427 m This waterfall is known to dry up during certain times of year California United States
10 . Tugela Falls 1,350 ft 411 m This waterfall is known to dry up during certain times of year Kwazulu Natal South Africa
11 . Sju Søstre 1,345 ft 410 m Norway
12 . Blanche, Cascade 1,312 ft 400 m Réunion
13 . Churún Merú 1,312 ft 400 m Bolivar Venezuela
14 . Churún Vena 1,312 ft 400 m Bolivar Venezuela
15 . Castaño Overo, Cascada de 1,200 ft 366 m Rio Negro Argentina
16 . Unnamed Waterfall 1,200 ft 366 m British Columbia Canada
17 . Eldorado, Cachoeira do 1,158 ft 353 m Amazonas Brazil
18 . Vaipo Waterfall 1,148 ft 350 m Marquesas French Polyne...
19 . Fumaça, Cachoeira da 1,115 ft 340 m Bahia Brazil
20 . Nohkalikai Falls 1,115 ft 340 m Meghalaya India
21 . Papalaua Falls 1,115 ft 340 m Hawaii United States
22 . Mardalsfossen 1,050 ft 320 m This waterfall is incorporated into Hydroelectric production Norway
23 . Mawsmai Falls 1,035 ft 315 m Meghalaya India
24 . Skytjefossen 1,033 ft 315 m This waterfall is incorporated into Hydroelectric production Norway
25 . Basaseachic, Cascada de 1,023 ft 312 m Chihuahua Mexico
26 . Tyssestrengene 1,023 ft 312 m This waterfall is incorporated into Hydroelectric production Norway
27 . Roraima, Salto 1,000 ft 305 m Bolivar Venezuela
28 . Trou de Fer, Cascades de 1,000 ft 305 m Réunion
29 . Ringedalsfossen 984 ft 300 m This waterfall is incorporated into Hydroelectric production Norway
30 . Staubbachfall 974 ft 297 m Bern Switzerland
31 . Gavarnie, Grande Cascade de 922 ft 281 m Hautes-Pyrénées France
32 . Vettisfossen 902 ft 275 m Norway
33 . Volefossen 900 ft 274 m Norway
34 . Tabuleiro, Cachoeira do 895 ft 273 m Minas Gerias Brazil
35 . Arpenaz, La Cascade d' 886 ft 270 m Haute-Savoie France
 
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