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.
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.
This was an absolutely incredible hike. Trail is well maintained. Becomes steep at times. Very Rocky. I'd class it at a 2.5/5 on difficulty. Mile markers are helpful. View at the top is well worth the trek. Waterfalls are gorgeous on the way to the top.
Outstanding falls. Easier if you park at top of falls and hike down. Upper lot is down a gravel road. Turn at the Crabtree Meadows sign and drive a ways.
Breathtaking hike. $3 cash entry is a bit cumbersome at the start (beware of limited parking), but the hike is a mix of intermediate and easy. There's plenty of opportunities and benches to rest your legs before continuing on. Well shaded, good trail. There's a part of the falls you can wade in to (be careful), as well as a small cave and some great cliffs.
Morgan Vande Sande
Loved It here! We saw a few snakes along the way so be smart with your footwear. To the top of the falls is 1.7 miles but you can choose to hike along further if you'd like. I definitely recommend the hike.