Cool Summer in Taipei: 5 Best Waterfalls to Play with Water

Here comes the summer. Taipei is undoubtedly hot hot hot. If you are thirsty for some nice waterfall spots to cool you off, while being unwilling to go too far away from Taipei, then here is the right article for you. We collect some of the best waterfalls in Taiwan (perhaps not the most famous) that you are able to play water in and around. Most important of all, they are all accessible from Taipei by transportation. So, what are you waiting for? Prepare your swimming stuff and check them out.

1. Yuanjue Waterfall Hike(圓覺瀑布步道)

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Living in Taipei is quite convenient to reach anywhere, especially via MRT. So, speaking of waterfalls that is close to MRT station, or with only small walk from station, then Yuanjue Waterfall must be your favorite. It’s located nearby the Dahu Park MRT station. After exiting No.1, you can search ‘Dagou River Park’(大構溪親水公園). It takes about 15 minutes to reach there. 

Then, you can take a delight walk on riverside trail, embracing breeze in summer. At the end of the path, Yuanjue Waterfall will wow you with pure pouring water and green environment surrounded by mountains. Of course, you’ll have the chance to play water with friends.

You may notice many children are catching fish or soaking their feet in the cool water, while their parents are having picnic. Maybe it’s hard to believe there’s a waterfall spot that is so close to Taipei center. Because of its accessibility and clean environment, however, Yuanjue Waterfall is actually popular that drives parents visit there with children. With the approaching of summer, better get up early to avoid crowded people.

Location:Lane 131, Dahu Street, Neihu District, Taipei City, Taiwan
Transportation:Take Taipei MRT(Brown Line), and get off at Dahu Park Station(大湖公園站)
Open Hours: 24 hours
How Easy to Reach:★★★★★

2. Wanggu Waterfall(望古瀑布)

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Thinking of natural wonders, perhaps you might come up with somewhere really far far away from the urban area. Nonetheless, these spectacular places lie just in New Taipei City, and are accessible by public transportation. Some foreigners may know Shifen Waterfall(十分瀑布) as introduced in many blogs or media.

However, Shifen Waterfall, with great volume of water pouring down, is breathtaking to appreciate, but not suitable for playing water. However, on the same railway line (Pingxi Line平溪線), a neat choice, Wanggu Waterfall, is only one station away from Shifen Waterfall.

Wanggu Station is considered a low-profile paradise for travelers, with pleasant landscape yet less popularity. In our point of view, it’s believed to be the most tranquil waterfall nearby Taipei. Hidden in green mountains, Wanggu Waterfall remains less popular yet must-go for travelers who would like to escape from the city’s hustle. Some local people tend to visit this place in summer to avoid crowds toward Shifen Waterfall.

When you go along the path on mountains, you find yourselves more unruffled among the nature. Once the waterfall appears in sight, perhaps you will be moved by its water flow and beautiful scenes. The water is so pure that attracts every travelers to play water there.

Note 1. Lingjiao Waterfall(嶺腳瀑布):

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Speaking of water volume, Lingjiao Waterfall is second only to Shifen Waterfall in Pingxi District. However, the water is too deep to play water nearby. Still, as an open-minded traveler, you can take a glance of this majestic masterpiece.

Note 2. Wormhole(蚯蚓坑):

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Perhaps some bloggers have well introduced a beautiful place called the Wormhole, located in  Shiding District, New Taipei City. Many water-activity lovers used to go there as well as other waterfalls in Pingxi. However, be noted that the local government just implement law in June to prohibit playing water at the Wormhole and water area around.

Location:No. 26, Qinghe Bridge, Pingxi District, New Taipei City, Taiwan
Open Hours: 24 hours
1. Take the train(Pingxi Railway Line) and get off at Wanggu Station(望谷站)
2, Take Taiwan Tourist Shuttle(台灣好行) No.795 Bus (Muzha-Shinfenlliao木柵-十分寮), and get off at Qinghe Station(Wanggu Railway Station)
How Easy to Reach:★★★★☆

3. Huiyao Waterfall(灰窯瀑布)

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We have to say that Pingxi District is really a prominent place that collects several accessible waterfalls. So, same here, you can find another playful waterfall in this area, Huiyao Waterfal. It’s actually situated between the Wanggu Station(望古站) and Lingjiao Station(嶺腳站) of Pingxi Railway Line. If you just complete a mind-blowing trip at Wanggu Waterfall, maybe resuming your aquatic adventure at Huiyao Waterfall will also be a neat choice as well.

Huiyao, literally as ‘gary kiln,’ this word indicates that this area used to feature coal mining industry. And along Huiyao riverside is the coal-carrying roads and Qinghe Mine(慶和礦坑) that prove the prosperous industrial history. The Huiyao Waterfall, as Wanggu Waterfall, is a relaxing place without discovery.

Even Taiwanese people are not familiar with ‘Huiyao’ this name. Although it looks like a small-scale pool with some water trickling down, it remains a calm place that helps travelers exclude noises made by the crowd and vehicles. Water is totally pure, and you can even see stones at the bottom of the pool. However, when stepping along the paths toward Huiyao Waterfall, be careful of grassy and moist environment that might make you stumble.

Location:Road Unknown, Pingxi District, New Taipei City, Taiwan
Open Hours: 24 hours
1. Take the train(Pingxi Railway Line), get off at Wanggu Station(望谷站), and by walk or car to the destination
2. Take Taiwan Tourist Shuttle(台灣好行) No.795 Bus (Muzha-Shinfenlliao木柵-十分寮), get off at Qinghe Station(Wanggu Railway Station), and by walk or car to the destination
How Easy to Reach:★★★☆☆

Visit Small Hui Lu Old Trail(小錐麓古道) to Find More Waterfalls

Small Hui Lu Old Trail is located in Ruifang District(瑞芳區), New Taipei City, with only 30-minute drive from Taipei center.Once you first hear about ‘Hui Lu Old Trail’, you might connect this place to Hualien one. Yes, in Hualien’s Taroko National Park, there’s a Hui Lu Old Trail as well.

However, in Ruifang here, you can take a glimpse of similar magnificent landscape, so, people name it ‘Small Hui Lu Old Trail.’ Hiking on this trail, scenes of ocean, streams, waterfalls, and mountains can be captured thoroughly at one time. It’s truly a valuable spot to have fun in summer. And please refer to waterfalls that cool you off in summer as follow.

4. Dagui Waterfall(大鬼瀑布)

This place is famous for river tracing, and quite adjacent to Taipei City. Therefore, Dagui Waterfall is totally a smart option for adventurous travelers on the go. Although Dagui Waterfall is not a large-scale one, with huge water volume, it features super clean water, calm environment, and mountain view. You get several ways to reach there. Either through mountain paths(Small Hui Lu Old Trail as we mention) or river is not so complicated to achieve. While hiking on mountains, you can savor picturesque scenery and bath in phytoncide from nature. And if you are more a water lover, maybe tracing to the bottom of the river is another choice. But always remember to get yourselves well prepared(river tracing equipment, etc.) and be careful of the weather, water environment, and other conditions.

5. Xiaogui Waterfall(小鬼瀑布)

In Chinese, ‘xiao’(小)means ‘small,’ while ‘da’(大)means ‘big.’ So, as you may guess, Xiaogui Waterfall shows fewer volume of water flow than that of Dagui Waterfall. However, it boasts an outstanding view that blends various water colors, rock cliffs, mountains, green plants, etc. into a paradise-like picture.

The water there is extremely clear without any pollution. You can find many shrimps alive under the water. It’s said in certain Taiwanese blogs that there are more waterfalls following Xiaogui Waterfall. So, if you still have some energy after soaking in cool water at Xiaogui Waterfall, then why not keep yourselves active and curious and mark your new spots on the journey.

Location:Road Unknown, Ruifang District, New Taipei City, Taiwan
Open Hours: 24 hours
1. Take a bus(No.791) from Keelung Station to Taijing Company(台金公司)
2. Take a bus(No.886) from Ruifang Station to Taijing Company(台金公司)
How Easy to Reach:★★☆☆☆

Well, after having these Taiwan waterfall spots in mind, you won’t be worried about where to have fun with water. Even you are in Taipei, there still get plenty of places for you to cool off. Chill out now in summer.


Hello, Yu is my middle name. Currently an full-time media editor, also lifelong traveler. Easily attracted by exotic culture. Once exploring a new place, I feel like travel spirit get refreshed thousand times. So far, have lived in Vietnam, Korea and Spain for quite a while, and been to Portugal, Japan, etc.. Journey never ends...Feel free to share with me your travel stories:shonelouis@gmail.com

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