Summary: Boasting the second-highest drop of all the Blue Mountains waterfalls, Horseshoe Falls plunges off the cliffs at Blackheath into the valley below. It can be seen from a few lookouts along the top of the cliff.

The Horseshoe Falls at Blackheath are thought to have the second-highest drop of all the Blue Mountains waterfalls (after the nearby Govetts Leap). The falls can dry up, and are best viewed after there’s been some rain.

The best vantage point for the waterfall is the Cripps Lookout, which is along the Pulpit Rock Track between Govetts Leap and Pulpit Rock. From this vantage point you can also see Govetts Leap.

The falls can also be seen from the Horseshoe Falls Lookout, which is also along the Pulpit Rock Track – but while this lookout is almost right on top of the waterfall, you can only see part of the drop.

You can see the very top part of the waterfall from an overgrown side-track the leads to an lookout; the Pulpit Rock Track crosses Pope Glen Creek via some stepping stones a fair way upstream of the falls.

Getting to Horseshoe Falls

Both lookouts that provide a view of the fall are reached via the Pulpit Rock Track, which starts at Govetts Leap Lookout. There’s a large carpark at the end of Govetts Leap Road, which is a 2.7km (4min) drive from Blackheath. From the carpark it’s about a 0.6km walk along the signposted track to Horseshoe Falls, and 1.2km to Cripps Lookout.

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