Big Branch Falls

Grottoes, Virginia

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This is perhaps the least-visited, trail-accessible waterfall in all of Shenandoah National Park. Enjoy the seclusion. Start on Skyline Drive, descending to North Fork Moormans River. Cruise along the scenic stream, with cascades and pools in a deep valley bordered by high ridges. Everywhere-you-look beauty overlays this gorge bordered by Pasture Fence Mountain on one side and the crest of the Blue Ridge on the other. Finally, climb along low-flow Big Branch, with its open watery bowls divided by rock slabs, where the stream flows in slide cascades.
Waterfalls of the Blue Ridge: A Hiking Guide to the Cascades of the Blue Ridge Mountains

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Waterfalls of the Blue Ridge: A Hiking Guide to the Cascades of the Blue Ridge Mountains

by Nicole Blouin, Steve Bordonaro, & Marilou Wier Bordonaro (Menasha Ridge Press)

This is perhaps the least-visited, trail-accessible waterfall in all of Shenandoah National Park. Enjoy the seclusion. Start on Skyline Drive, descending to North Fork Moormans River. Cruise along the scenic stream, with cascades and pools in a deep valley bordered by high ridges.

Everywhere-you-look beauty overlays this gorge bordered by Pasture Fence Mountain on one side and the crest of the Blue Ridge on the other. Finally, climb along low-flow Big Branch, with its open watery bowls divided by rock slabs, where the stream flows in slide cascades.

© 2014 Nicole Blouin, Steve Bordonaro, & Marilou Wier Bordonaro/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Grottoes
Distance: 7.6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: Year-round
Features: Waterfalls
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Shenandoah National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Big Branch Falls

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