World Waterfall Database

World's Tallest Waterfalls

By Total Overall Height

This list comprises of the waterfalls we have recorded which are known to have a total vertical drop of at least 500 feet / 152 meters. Waterfalls of all types are included on this list, no matter how steep or shallow the pitch, or how many individual tiers or leaps make up the entire waterfall, as long as its total loss of elevation is greater than 500 feet.

Search returned 806 results.

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Cataloged
Waterfalls which are Cataloged we have visited and surveyed in person. Statistical information should be quite accurate (for the most part), and exact measurements will often be available (information is not guaranteed to always be up to date). Detailed information, directions, and photographs will almost always be available.
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Confirmed
Confirmed Waterfalls are known to exist, should be relatively accurately mapped and geotagged, and the statistical information available will often be dependable. If height information is presented, it may be estimated but should be accurate. Directions will not likely be available.
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Unconfirmed
Unconfirmed Waterfalls are often marked on a published map, but we have yet to confirm the exact location and / or whether or not its stature is significant enough to qualify for listing in the database. Statistical information may be estimated and may be inaccurate. No directions.
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Unknown
Waterfalls marked as Unknown are either suspected to exist based on heresay or a hunch, or we have received unverified information suggesting a waterfall may exist near the location provided but cannot corroborate it in any way. Geodata may not be accurate, the location may not be known at all, and statistical information will be estimated and highly inaccurate.
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Inundated
Inundated Waterfalls have been submerged beneath lakes or reservoirs, usually a result of impoundment of a river behind a dam, and most often no longer functionally exist (there may be rare exceptions). We maintain records for these features out of historical importance.
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Subterranean
Though not common, some waterfalls can be found entirely underground within cave systems. Access to subterranean waterfalls can vary from easy via developed walkways to requiring a high level of extremely technical spelunking skill, including familiarity with ropework and a distinct lack of claustrophobia.
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Disqualified
Waterfalls which have been marked as Disqualified do not have the necessary stature or features to qualify as a legitimate waterfall according to our criteria. We will maintain records for entries with this status where the feature is well known and / or may have been historically referred to as a waterfall at some point in time.
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Posted
Posted Waterfalls are known to exist, and we may have a large amount of information associated with them, but are located on private property and are not legally accessible to the general public. Accessing waterfalls with this status should not be attempted without first being explicitly granted permission of the property owner.
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Waterfall
Height
Watercourse
Location
Confirmed
893 feet
272 meters
Sima
Norway
Unconfirmed
892 feet
272 meters
Veig
Norway
Confirmed
892 feet
272 meters
Southland, New Zealand
Confirmed
890 feet
271 meters
Schmadribach
Bern, Switzerland
Confirmed
890 feet
271 meters
Odegaard Creek
British Columbia, Canada
Unconfirmed
886 feet
270 meters
Yamagata, Japan
Confirmed
885 feet
270 meters
Rio Nervión
Vizkaya, Spain
Confirmed
883 feet
269 meters
Molliselva
Norway
Confirmed
883 feet
269 meters
Southland, New Zealand
Cataloged
880 feet
268 meters
Falls Creek
California, United States
Cataloged
880 feet
268 meters
Brewster River headwaters
Vermont, United States
Confirmed
879 feet
268 meters
Stony Creek
Queensland, Australia
Confirmed
877 feet
267 meters
Río Alto Cutivireni
Junin, Peru
Unconfirmed
866 feet
264 meters
Galdelvi
Norway
Unconfirmed
863 feet
263 meters
Sri Lanka
Confirmed
863 feet
263 meters
Cummins River
British Columbia, Canada
Unconfirmed
860 feet
262 meters
Paaiki Stream
Hawaii, United States
Unconfirmed
860 feet
262 meters
British Columbia, Canada
Confirmed
860 feet
262 meters
Whizzing Water
West Coast, New Zealand
Unconfirmed
856 feet
261 meters
Otago, New Zealand
Confirmed
853 feet
260 meters
Wollomombi Creek
New South Wales, Australia
Unconfirmed
853 feet
260 meters
Storelva
Norway
Confirmed
853 feet
260 meters
Norway
Unconfirmed
853 feet
260 meters
Southland, New Zealand
Confirmed
853 feet
260 meters
Hunlen Creek
British Columbia, Canada
Confirmed
853 feet
260 meters
Otago, New Zealand
Unconfirmed
853 feet
260 meters
Valais, Switzerland
Unconfirmed
850 feet
259 meters
Seeta River
Karnataka, India
Cataloged
850 feet
259 meters
Unnamed
Washington, United States
Confirmed
850 feet
259 meters
Washington, United States
Unconfirmed
846 feet
258 meters
Junin, Peru
Unconfirmed
843 feet
257 meters
Tørrfjordelva
Norway
Confirmed
840 feet
256 meters
Semang River
Mazaruni-Potaro, Guyana
Unconfirmed
419. Kano Falls
840 feet
256 meters
Hawaii, United States
Confirmed
840 feet
256 meters
Arizona, United States

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