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.
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.
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.
Beautiful waterfall. It is more of an intermediate hike. Was a ton of fun! Nicely marked path. There is a $3.00 entrance fee so make sure you have cash, there is no one there to make change for you.
My family of four all hiked to the top of the falls. It was a humid day, so it made for a strenuous climb. Definitely an accomplishment when you've reached the top.