Falling Spring

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Falling Spring Falls is a breathtaking 80-foot waterfall that is one of the most visited and photographed spots in the Alleghany Highlands. The waterfall is on Route 220, just 5 miles north of Covington. This is one of the largest waterfalls in Virginia and cascades from an overhanging ledge that is visible from the roadway.

Thomas Jefferson described Falling Spring as a “remarkable cascade … falling over a rock about 200 feet to the valley below.”


  • Less than 0.1 miles.

Hike It

  • There is a small pull-off area on US 220.
  • Walk briefly along the path to the viewing where a side view of the waterfall can be seen.
  • Falling Spring has been a popular summer cooling off and swimming spot; however, a sign now warns visitors from accessing the property past a specific fence. Going past the fence to the base of the waterfall could result in a citation and a fine.
  • Bring your camera and a lunch to enjoy a nice picnic, but leave your swimsuit at home.
  • Safety measures have been considered as there are modifications to the railings and caution signs to ensure safer viewing.


From Roanoke – Take I-81 North and take Exit 150B at Troutville/Fincastle. Take the first exit at the traffic circle onto US-11/US Hwy 220. Continue on US Hwy 220 for 34 miles. At the fork on U-220, keep right and follow the signs for US-60/US-220 N/Covington/Lexington. Merge onto US-60 E/US Hwy 220 S. Turn left onto the I-64 W/ US 60 W ramp towards Covington. After 10 miles on I-64, take exit 16A for US-60 W/US 220 N toward Covington/Hot Springs. Go left at the fork to continue toward US-60 W/US Hwy 220 N. After 9.3 miles on US Hwy 220 N, the Falling Spring pull-off should be on the left. Park your car at the viewing area pull-off and enjoy the view!

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