Butterfly Valley Waterfall (蝴蝶谷瀑布) | Hiking in Taichung

Hiking Butterfly Waterfall in Taichung, Taiwan

A 3-hour roundtrip hike that leads you to a beautiful butterfly-shaped waterfall in the mountains.

Location: Taichung, Taiwan

Butterfly Valley Waterfall, also known as 蝴蝶谷瀑布 (Hudiegu waterfall), is a popular spot. There are two hikes that take you to the waterfall. We decided on the longer, mountain hike taking the Mt Tangmadan trail. While it’s not difficult like Taichung’s Dakeng Trail, it still is a long uphill battle through a winding mountain trail.

Majority of the hike was on these winding rocky trails.

We started off on the road where we parked the car, and immediately started our upward hike. For about an hour you follow a winding rocky trail with ropes along some corners to help you. Wear proper hiking boots as the tangling tree roots definitely caused a few stumbles.

Rent a car with Klook.

At one stop-point on the hike, we came across a fork. With another 2.4km to go, we headed towards Butterfly Valley.

About an hour in, we hit a fork in the trail with a map and sign nearby to direct us. On the maps above, we took the shorter trail marked in red as that led directly to the waterfall. The other trail leads up near the peak of the mountain (1305meters above sea-level) and then circles back to the waterfall. We had started at the arrow on the left, ending at the right arrow before taking the same trail back.

The wooden bridge trail that lead us directly to the waterfall.
Wooden bridge at Butterfly Hike in Taichung Taiwan
Along the wooden bridge we could see the river from above, signaling that we were close to the waterfall.

The uphill battle finally opened way to a wooden bridge that looked brand new. In fact they were still putting new boards down as we hiked past. While most of the path had been a small rocky trail, this one led up and over the the stream.

A beautiful waterfall in Taichung
Side view of Butterfly Valley Fall.

Follow the wooden path all the way to the end, and you’ll reach a viewpoint where you can see the waterfall from the side!

Head back a little and you’ll see some rocks you can climb down to reach the river and waterfall directly. When we went, this is where many families stopped to have their lunch. There were sandwiches, oranges, instant noodles, and many more snacks.

The waterfall was beautiful! The cliff rocks on the side resemble butterfly wings hence the name: Butterfly Valley.

We visited in the beginning of November, and by the time we reached the waterfall it was a little past noon. The water was already too cold to swim in, so we ate our snacks, took some photos, and rested before heading back the same trail to exit.
In Follow Xiaofei’s post on Butterfly Valley, he notes it’s best to start the hike early as the waterfall ends up in the shade by 12pm. Would recommend doing the same if you plan on swimming!

Hiking Hudiegu Waterfalls in Taichung Taiwan
On our descent we noticed these tall spindly trees trunks. By 2pm, the day had started getting cloudy.

At night we camped out near the hike, did some evening yoga, and slept before our Huoyanshan hike the next day.

Hiking in Taichung? Check out these nearby hikes:
Dakeng Trail No. 4
Fire Mountain (Huo Yan Shan) Hike

Other things to see in Taichung
Abandoned Amusement Park (Encore Garden)
Sun Moon Lake Day Tour

How to get to Butterfly Valley Waterfall (蝴蝶谷瀑布)

Tang Madan Mountain Trail
We parked at the entrance of the Tang Madan Mountain Trail which is a more challenging and longer hike to the fall. It’s worth checking out if you want to be surrounded by greenery, and want to work up a sweat before jumping in the water!

Butterfly Valley (Hudiegu Falls)
There’s an easier hike if you park near the falls.

Stay in Taichung.

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