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Pete’s Pick: Best Waterfalls in Virginia

Summer is upon us, and what better way to enjoy it than by visiting some of the best waterfalls in Virginia.

  • Bottoms Creek Gorge: Bottom Creek Gorge boasts spectacular scenery: the second highest waterfall in Virginia (200 feet), virgin hemlocks, and hundreds of wildflowers.
  • Roaring Run: The easy, well-marked trail begins at a historic iron furnace and winds back and forth along the Roaring Run stream. You will pass rock walls, cascading water, a natural water slide, and cross five footbridges before ending at beautiful Roaring Run Falls.
  • Falling Spring: Located in the Alleghany Highlands, on Route 220, the 80-foot waterfall was once visited by Thomas Jefferson, and he ranked it on his list of impressive and sublime works of nature in Virginia. Hike to the bottom of the falls and you'll be rewarded with a very special swimming hole.
  • Apple Orchard Falls: One of the Virginia’s tallest and most spectacular waterfalls (150 feet) is the reward at the end of a classic Virginia hike.
  • Cascade Falls: Little Stony Creek cascades 69 feet into a beautiful pool, perfect for a chilly swim.
  • Crabtree Falls: A series of cascading waterfalls, with five major cascades, the tallest of which drops about 400 feet, and several smaller cascades, all over a distance of 2,500 feet. Crabtree Falls owns the title of tallest vertical drop in a waterfall east of the Mississippi River.
  • Falls Ridge Natural Preserve: With its nice hiking trails, beautiful waterfall, intriguing caves, rare plants, and convenient location, the Falls Ridge Preserve gets lots of attention.
  • Blue Suck Falls: Douthat State Park is one of Virginia's jewels. Voted as one of the nation’s 10 best, the park has over 43 miles of trails. Blue Suck Falls and Tuscarora Overlook are just two of the hidden gems you’ll find inside Douthat State Park.
  • Stiles Falls:  60' fall located on Camp Alta Mons property. Trail is closed to the public from 6pm Sunday through 4:30pm Friday while summer camp is in session. Be sure to check the Alta Mon's website for camp schedule before you head out during the week.
  • Lower falls at Fenwick Mines:  Fenwick is an old mining area with trails and a recreation park. The Mine Trail takes you by open pit mines and foundations of old mining structures. The Fenwick Forest Walk is a one-mile nature trail. The Wetland Trail allows you to observe wetlands created by beavers - follow the trail through wetlands and open forests to see a variety of wildlife and vegetation that live in this environment. Head downstream for a quarter mile and you'll come to the falls (8-10').
  • Dismal Falls:  The Falls of Dismal is a 10 foot multi- tiered waterfall on Dismal Creek. It is easily accessed from the road or from a side trail off of the appalachian Trail. The Falls area is part of a sandstone formation that is over 400 million years old. Dismal Creek is a stocked trout stream. In the winter the frozen falls are particularly beautiful.

Did I miss one?  Let me know and I’ll add it to the list.

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Pete Eshelman (friend me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter)
Director of Outdoor Branding
Roanoke Regional Partnership

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