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Crabtree Falls

11581 Crabtree Falls Highway

Crabtree Falls, the highest vertical-drop cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi River, is a popular attraction located in Nelson County, Virginia, just six miles off the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway near milepost 27.

Crabtree Falls features a series of five major cascades and a number of smaller ones that fall a total distance of 1,200 feet. The first overlook is just a few hundred feet from the upper parking lot along a gentle, paved trail making it an excellent stopover for travelers of all ages and abilities.

The more adventuresome hiker may continue along the 2 and 1/2 mile Crabtree Falls Trail to four other overlooks offering spectacular views of the Crabtree Creek Falls and lovely vistas of the Tye River Valley. From the upper falls, the trail follows the creek another 1.2 miles to the Crabtree Meadows parking lot.


Krisna Gusterer

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Well worth the visit. Can’t wait to return again. Hike is easy to moderate. Unfortunately, another visitor brought an older dog on the hike and he fell and died. Really awful. So please don’t take your dog if he is not used to being out in hilly terrain.

Bridgette Worth

Sunday, April 1, 2018
Absolutely beautiful. Words can do no justice must see place. This was our first family hiking trip trail was pretty easy to maneuver just have to take your time. Well worth it.

Ketki Modi

Sunday, May 13, 2018
A beautiful hike with a waterfall along the way. At the top, you will reach the head of the waterfall along with green valley views. The elevation gained is about 1600 ft. The hike is 1.7 miles one way. Parking fees is 3$.

Paul Hammond

Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017
Wonderful place to go hiking with several options when you get to the top. Spy Rock and The Priest are within easy reach. Spectacular views of the highest waterfall on the East Coast. It is a very popular trail so it might be crowded on weekends and mild summer days. Go early or during the winter to have the place to yourself. This is a moderately difficult climb for novices so take your time, rest along the way and enjoy the view on your way up. There's a reward when you get to the top.

Brittany Whitener

Friday, May 18, 2018
Gorgeous! Good camping if you go past the falls. But you have to pay $3 to park

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