Crabtree Falls

Roanoke, Virginia 24050

Crabtree Falls

Crabtree Falls Professional Guide

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"Crabtree Falls may or may not be the highest falls east of the Mississippi, but it's definitely the most famous waterfall in Virginia. Here's a place where hikers' hype is well earned."

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AMC's Best Day Hikes in The Shenandoah Valley (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Jennifer Adach and Michael R. Martin
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"A steep climb rewards you with near-constant views of one of Virginia’s prettiest waterfalls. Crabtree Falls is often listed as a “must-see” hike for anyone traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway. It’s a hike that invites lingering with its multiple overlooks and great views of the falls. With five major cascades and falling a total distance of 1,200 feet, Crabtree Falls is the highest vertical-drop cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi River. It is well worth the short hike. Despite its elevation gain, the trail itself is an easy one to follow—well maintained and well marked with guardrails and stairs to help with the steeper portions. You may find yourself idling away the day here as you wander up and down the trail, enjoying the views of the falls and the surrounding valley." Read more

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2 hours
USDA Forest Service, (888)265-0019;; Forest Supervisor's Office 5162 Valleypointe Parkway, Roanoke 24019
Local Contacts
DeLorme, Virginia Atlas and Gazetteer: page 54, B3
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Dec 2018