Growing up in basically the middle of nowhere, you have to get creative in order to find new things to see and do. This means you have to be willing to drive, but 9 times out of 10 the drive is always worth it. Hiking is one of my favorite things to do, and I've decided to compile a list of the best waterfall hikes in my area.

1. Watkins Glen State Park

Location: Watkins Glen, NY

2. Kaaterskill Falls

Location: Hunter, NY

3. Robert Treman State Park

Location: Ithaca, NY

4. Buttermilk Falls State Park

Location: Ithaca, NY

5. Taughannock Falls

Location: Ithaca, NY

6. Letchworth State Park

Location: Castile, NY

7. Eternal Flame Falls

Location: Orchard Park, NY

8. Niagara Falls

Location: Niagara Falls, NY

9. High Falls Gorge

Location: Wilmington, NY

10. Chittenango Falls

Location: Cazenovia, NY

11. Ausable Chasm

Location: Au Sable, NY

12. Stony Brook State Park

Location: Dansville, NY