Chasing waterfalls seems to be the thing to do around here recently. There are so many to explore. You could spend the better part of a year trying to visit all of them. It’s certainly hard to pick a favorite, but last weekend E and I found what may be our new fav.
Shenshan Waterfall is located in Shenshan (as the name suggests) just before the scenic village of Wutai. It is past the Climber’s Checkpoint so anyone visiting will need to have some form of identification to show the officials at the booth. The road to the waterfall is a left hand turn off Highway 24 if you are headed to Wutai. The turn is located in downtown Shenshan. While the sign to the waterfall is in Chinese, if you ask anyone, they will surely point you in the right direction. After the turn, the road winds down the side of the mountain. The end of the road is looking worse for wear and had me biting my nails, but it is passable. At the end of one of the curves is the parking area.
The hike from the parking area to the waterfall takes only 5-10 minutes. However, there are a lot of stairs, so it does take longer coming back the other direction.
The waterfall itself is surrounded by rocks and has a large deep pool, perfect for swimming. Given more time, downstream from the fall may also provide a great opportunity for river tracing. It’s well worth the 1 ½ hour drive from Kaohsiung for those looking for a way to escape the heat of the summer.
By the way, if you haven’t checked it out yet, the website Taiwan’s Waterfalls offers some great information on the island’s major waterfalls.