Big Branch Falls via Moormans River

Luray, Virginia 22835

Big Branch Falls via Moormans River

Big Branch Falls via Moormans River Professional Guide

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"This waterfall is rarely accessed from Skyline Drive, so this trek is filled with solitude. Most visitors start from Charlottesville Reservoir, making their way up to Big Branch Falls. Start on Skyline Drive, and descend to the 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 Blue Ridge on the other. Finally, climb along low-flowing Big Branch, with its open watery bowls divided by rock slabs where the stream flows in slide cascades."

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Waterfalls of the Blue Ridge: A Hiking Guide to the Cascades of the Blue Ridge Mountains (Menasha Ridge Press)
Nicole Blouin, Steve Bordonaro, & Marilou Wier Bordonaro
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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." Read more

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Catawba Falls - Tough hike to top for beautiful falls
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Trail Information

Luray
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
7.6
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
4-5 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Swimming
Additional Use
Views, Waterfalls, Wildflowers
Features
Shenandoah National Park (540) 999-3500.
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Dec 2018