5 Amazing Backyard Waterfalls


Adding a waterfall to a backyard landscape helps create a more relaxing environment and offers a lovely soundtrack to outdoor living. A waterfall also creates a striking visual impact. Backyard waterfalls can be created in yards of all shapes and sizes and be the main focal point or a pleasant surprise tucked into a corner. These five awe-inducing backyard waterfalls provide just the inspiration needed whether looking to create a show-stopping backyard or Zen retreat.

Cavernous

Waterfalls hide rooms in the caverns of this elaborate pool.
Waterfalls hide rooms in the caverns of this elaborate pool.
Caviness Lanscape

This Oklahoma backyard designed by Caviness Landscape features multiple swim-through waterfalls that tumble over 70 tons of native-moss-covered boulders. The faux rock grotto on the other side of the waterfalls includes a swim-up bar, kitchen, and seating area with television. And while that is all impressive, a programmable light show illuminates the waterfalls and surrounding pools once the sun goes down for an even more dramatic display.

Stepped Waterscape

A meandering waterfall maximizes the appearance of a gradual hillside.
A meandering waterfall maximizes the appearance of a gradual hillside.

The stepped design of this hand-laid natural fieldstone and boulder waterfall created by Old World Stone and Garden creates a natural transition from the gently sloped hillside to the pool it runs into. Black Mexican river pebbles accent the design and provide the appearance of naturally weathered stones, and the surrounding plantings help create the appearance that the waterfall naturally occurs in that location.

5-Tiered Pool

Waterfalls of many kinds come together to create a striking masterpiece.
Waterfalls of many kinds come together to create a striking masterpiece.

This five-tiered pool designed by Omega Pools features a stone wall with a sleek waterfall at the top as well as a rock waterfall that flows into the upper two tiers of the pool. The water from the upper tier also cascades over the front side creating another waterfall for an over the top effect.

Lush and Green

Lush plants make this subtle waterfall a hidden gem.
Lush plants make this subtle waterfall a hidden gem.

Elaborate waterfalls don’t have to take up a lot of space. This beautiful waterfall landscape is created in a small corner of the yard where a steep rock formation surrounded by several varieties of lush green plants mimic the waterfall as they fall over the stones, and the reservoir filled with lily pads only makes the waterscape feel more tropical and like an oasis.

Pondless Waterfall

Not all waterfalls have to end in a pool or reservoir.
Not all waterfalls have to end in a pool or reservoir.

This natural looking rocky waterfall is surrounded by mature creeping plants and appears from under beautifully draping branches for a subtle but striking look. Unlike other backyard waterfalls, this one is pondless and empties into a colorful rocky bed which is perfect for anyone who loves the look of a waterfall but doesn’t want to deal with the maintenance of a pond.