by Bill and Mary Burnham (Falcon Guides)
© 2013 Bill and Mary Burnham/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
Crabtree Falls from Hwy 56 was our hike. We hiked all the way up and back (about 6 miles RT). The falls cascaded all the way along this hike, and while you have to walk away from the falls to follow the switch back trails, there are plenty of varying and beautiful views of the cascades. It was a beautiful day and we loved it. I would call it moderately difficult because some of the paths were rocky (hiking boots!) and the elevation was a little steep. I would recommend this for an invigorating hike that is not too physically demanding.
Great Challenge!! I love getting on the trail, eventually I'll have the whole thing done.
The best section of the A.T. in Va. Probably the most isolated section of the trail and least used by day hikers and scouts. The Priest and Three Ridges are strenuous climbs/descents. Tar Jacket Ridge has some great views!
I have section hiked from Rockfish Gap to Spy Rock. The trail can be difficult (The Priest), but the reward is well worth the effort. Many spectacular views. At times, it can be crowded (I have met as many as 70 people on the trail in one day).
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