"Leave the Blue Ridge Parkway at Sunset Fields and descend Apple Orchard Mountain to tall and varied Apple Orchard Falls. From there, loop via the Cornelius Creek Trail to meet the Appalachian Trail (A.T.). A high-country ramble on the slope of Apple Orchard Mountain leads you back to the parkway." Read more
"Leave the Blue Ridge Parkway at Sunset Fields, and descend Apple Orchard Mountain to tall and varied Apple Orchard Falls. From there, loop via the Cornelius Creek Trail to meet the Appalachian Trail. A high-country ramble on the slope of Apple Orchard Mountain leads you back to the parkway." Read more
"The Forest Service is justly proud of this waterfall circuit that features two scenic, well-maintained National Recreation Trails and spectacular Apple Orchard Falls. This figure- eight trail system explores a noteworthy north-facing watershed of old-growth forest below the highest peak in this part of the Blue Ridge. It’s a best-kept secret for backpackers and birders. Neotropical songbirds such as the ovenbird, red-eyed vireo, and scarlet tanager can be seen and heard here. (The rare Peaks of Otter salamander is also a resident.) In the early 1990s the Forest Service designated 1,825 acres as a Special Management Area; the trails were upgraded and the focus shifted away from potential timber harvesting to enhancing recreation and wildlife." Read more
"This hike, past the 200-foot cascade of Apple Orchard Falls, is justifiably one of the most popular in Jefferson National Forest.
On a warm summer’s day, catch the very striking Apple Orchard Falls and then stroll down the beautiful and verdant Cornelius Creek, which also offers an especially inviting swimming hole or two. At the trailhead, orient yourself by looking to up the trails and away from the road. The trail to the left is Apple Orchard Falls Trail, while the one coming more directly down the mountain, to the right, is Cornelius Creek Trail." Read more
"On the Blue Ridge Parkway stretch of the drive to Apple Orchard Falls, you will travel from the lowest point on the entire Parkway to the highest point on the Parkway in Virginia. The James River (elevation 668 feet) at milepost 63.7 is only 13 miles from milepost 76.7 (elevation 3,950 feet) near Apple Orchard Overlook." Read more
"Seek this one out if you're driving on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia. Like all Blue Ridge Parkway area trails, this one was well marked. Just before the one-mile mark, you cross a wooden bridge, and if you look upstream, you'll find your first surprise; a drop of 8-10 feet over a mossy boulder in the quiet of the woods.
As you get closer to the falls, the trail will steepen dramatically. There's some impressive bridge/deck work that was constructed at the base of the falls, so take advantage of it and sit for a while." Read more