Explore Washington's State Waterfall with a towering 198 foot drop. The falls are a short walk from the parking area.

Back in early 2014, a group of fifth-graders from nearby Washtucna, Washington were able to convince the governor to name Palouse Falls the official State Waterfall.

These miniature John Muirs were on to something.

Palouse Falls is every bit as accessible as it is spectacular. From the parking lot, walk about 50 feet to an overlook with interpretive signs and sturdy fences to guard you from the massive cliffs.

For a great photo op, hike a couple hundred yards on social trails cut into the grass for awesome views of the falls and valley extending to the South. There are NO FENCES here. Be very careful and don't go too close to the edge of the cliffs.

The five minute walk to Upper Palouse Falls, which really looks more like rapids, is worth the effort after driving all the way out here.

This is a great spot for a family trip. There are bathrooms right at the parking lot, in addition to picnic tables and a shelter. There are even 11 campsites for those who can handle the coyotes howling all night long. The sites are first come first served. You can get more information by calling the state park (509) 646-9218.

It's a long drive from the Puget Sound area, but well worth a weekend trip to admire the falls and take in the unique landscape in this part of the state.

Pack List

  • Discover Pass
  • Camera
  • Camping gear if you want to stay over
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Activities Chillin, Camping, Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Features
Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Groups
Handicap Accessible
River
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildlife

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Great visit!

Beautiful scenery and visit.

WOW

I went on the best day ever. There was a class of photographers there so it was a little crowded but it had a great overhang. I went right before sunset and it turned a little overcast and started to drizzle. Cleared a lot of people out but we stayed and it was worth it. Sun came back out and there was a rainbow right above the falls with amazing light. Didn't get a chance to hike underneath the falls or go behind it but the view from above is just incredible.

Awesome Hiking, Not Great Camping

I went here with some friends in the early fall. We had a blast hiking around he falls all day and getting to some beautiful spots. We actually swam in the water around the base of the water fall and although it was very cold it was a great experience. The day was amazing but when it came to camping it left a lot to be desired. The camp sites were small and very close together with little to no privacy. Defiantly a great destination but don't expect a great camping experience.


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