Exploring new areas, discovering local hidden gems, and getting off the beaten paths is our favorite kind of adventure! We are constantly on the search for a new to us amazing area to explore. Mother nature is breath taking and we take full advantage of her with any ounce of free time we have. We recently found a hidden gem and have been sharing it with everyone! It is a remarkable area in South East Washington that is a MUST see if you are in the area, better yet take the detour you have to see this for yourself!
Palouse Falls is absolutely breath taking, and we are not exaggerating! I can't even begin to describe this magnificent landscape. The canyon is remarkable, as well as the surrounding rocks as they show off their ridged jagged edges. These rocks looked somewhat like a very large stair case leading up to the top of the plateau. The canyon honestly reminded us of something out of Jurassic Park. Odd to say but we thought there were some similarities. Palouse State park consists of 105 acres that is full of very unique history and astonishing landscape. All of which we learned about at the park.
The Falls are located on the Palouse River slightly upstream from the meeting point with the snake river. The water which flows rapidly through the river drops 200 feet at the falls. The sound of the water gushing over is so powerful and loud, but yet calming and slowly began to fade out. This area also has an interesting historical story and some very distinctive geology. Make sure to keep an eye out for marmots as they soak up the sun.
When we arrived at the park we were expecting a bit of a hike to reach the falls, but were totally surprised by how close they were to the picnic area. There were some areas that you could hike down to the river, however we did not take that route. There was a nice shaded grass area with picnic benches, and grills. A picturesque picnic area if you ask us. The park offers tent camping, rv's are only permitted to park when there is room. Summer time gets pretty packed and there is not much room for turning around. We would suggesting getting to the falls earlier, than later the park fills up fast. Visiting the falls was an amazing adventure, and we highly recommend adding it to your list of must see's.