Seriously. The obsession that Washington residents, and visitors alike have for the Palouse Falls is ridiculous. But you know what? We get it, we do. It pretty much sums up why Washington state is #thebeststate and why you need to visit here.
If you’ve never been to the Palouse Falls, or even heard of them (wait… WHAT?) then you’re probably asking yourself 1.) What are the Palouse Falls? and 2.) What am I missing out on?
I’m here to tell you all about them, and fill you in on the need to know information.
Quick history lesson: Around 13,000 years ago there was an Ice Age in the region, and the Falls are among the last active waterfalls from this time period. How crazy cool is that? Maybe that’s why they were named Washington’s state waterfall back in 2014.
Other than being one of the best photography and videography spots in the state, the Falls are basically a weekend-getaway dream land. Sitting on 94 acres, this park offers tent camping (albeit it is a bit of a competition to get a spot here as they are limited, as in, only 11 spots). But this is real tent camping, we are talking no phone service kind of camping. It’s worth it though. With three different viewpoints to the falls, you can spend your weekend capturing this magnificent beauty from different angles.
If you’re not the tent camping type, have small children, or just want to do a day trip, that’s possible too. There are over two-dozen picnic tables on 2 acres of “picnicking area.” Bird watching and wildlife viewing are also quite popular here, so again, expect a remote and hopefully quiet experience.
Word of Warning!
When you’re visiting though, please try to remember that we are all only humans and that Mother Nature is a force that we don’t want you or your family challenging. There have been fatal incidents here, so make sure to take every precaution, like not getting too close to the falls.
Fun Fact: “Palouse Falls has long been a location used by Native American tribes. The falls were first documented in 1841, during a survey of the region led by Captain Charles Wilkes of the United States Navy.”