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.

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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
540 feet
165 meters
West Coast, New Zealand
Confirmed
737. Stäuber
538 feet
164 meters
Brunnibach
Uri , Switzerland
Confirmed
537 feet
164 meters
Govetts Leap Creek
New South Wales, Australia
Confirmed
535 feet
163 meters
Otago, New Zealand
Confirmed
535 feet
163 meters
Southland, New Zealand
Unconfirmed
535 feet
163 meters
Glarus, Switzerland
Confirmed
531 feet
162 meters
Bowen River
Southland, New Zealand
Confirmed
531 feet
162 meters
Tumbling Torrent
West Coast, New Zealand
Confirmed
531 feet
162 meters
West Coast, New Zealand
Confirmed
530 feet
162 meters
Minnow River
Tasmania, Australia
Unconfirmed
525 feet
160 meters
Barrengarry Creek
New South Wales, Australia
Unconfirmed
525 feet
160 meters
Fiume Aniene
Roma, Italy
Unconfirmed
525 feet
160 meters
Peru
Unconfirmed
525 feet
160 meters
New South Wales, Australia
Unconfirmed
525 feet
160 meters
Peru
Unconfirmed
525 feet
160 meters
Hipuapua Stream
Hawaii, United States
Confirmed
525 feet
160 meters
Kamarang River
Mazaruni-Potaro, Guyana
Cataloged
753. Prestagil
525 feet
160 meters
Prestagilsá
Austurland, Iceland
Confirmed
525 feet
160 meters
Katie Creek
West Coast, New Zealand
Confirmed
525 feet
160 meters
Otago, New Zealand
Confirmed
525 feet
160 meters
Southland, New Zealand
Confirmed
525 feet
160 meters
West Coast, New Zealand
Confirmed
525 feet
160 meters
Berne, Switzerland
Confirmed
525 feet
160 meters
Berne, Switzerland
Confirmed
525 feet
160 meters
Obwalden, Switzerland
Confirmed
524 feet
160 meters
Rio Oshi
Mazaruni-Potaro, Guyana
Cataloged
762. Mist Falls
520 feet
158 meters
Mist Creek
Oregon, United States
Confirmed
520 feet
158 meters
Southland, New Zealand
Confirmed
520 feet
158 meters
Hartz Creek
Tasmania, Australia
Confirmed
519 feet
158 meters
Mfihlelo River
Eastern Cape, South Africa
Unconfirmed
518 feet
158 meters
Fellbach
Valais, Switzerland
Unconfirmed
516 feet
157 meters
Machhakund River
Orissa, India
Unconfirmed
512 feet
156 meters
Peru
Unknown
512 feet
156 meters
Southland, New Zealand
Confirmed
770. Lauifall
512 feet
156 meters
Lauibach
Obwalden, Switzerland

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