Dismal Falls is a 15-foot, multi-tiered waterfall on Dismal Creek approximately 1.5 hours from Roanoke. It is easily accessed from the road or a side trail off of the Appalachian Trail.
Dismal Creek is about 50 feet wide (depending on water volume) at this point as it flows down over several ledges. The ledges on the left side of the falls are step-like while the middle and right ledges are more of a straight drop. In lower water, the middle and right are not covered, and the stream is much narrower. Despite the width of the stream, the waterfall is not particularly open to sunlight with trees lining each bank and throwing much of the falls into the shade for most of the day.
Take exit 98 from I-81 going north on VA-100. After 11.6 miles, turn left on VA-42. Continue for 10.1 miles then turn right on SR-606. After 1 mile, turn right on SR-671 which becomes unpaved after 0.4 miles. Continue on the unpaved road for another 0.5 miles, and there will be a sign for the falls. Pull into the parking area and begin the trail.
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