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Valaste Waterfall

Location: N59° 26` 38.2", E27° 20` 6.43"

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Valaste waterfall is situated in Ida-Viru county near Valaste village. This is the highest waterfall in Estonia, 30,5 metres. The waterfall flows down from the Ontika cliff. The most rebellious side of the waterfall can be seen in spring and during the high water season. The waterfall is particularly picturesque in winter, when the northern winds and the sprinkles of water create a real ice palace on the trees around the waterfall. During dry period you can only see the groundwater oozing out from between different layers. From the viewing platform it is interesting to follow through geological layers 80 million years of Earth's history. This waterfall was a popular tourist attraction already more than 150 years ago.  

The waterfall starts from Valaste stream which is also called Suurkraav (A Big Ditch). As the streambed has been repeatedly widened, people consider this stream a man-made not natural body of water.

The legend tells about a man called Kraavi Jüri (Yuri Ditch), who has dug the stream bed generations ago.