Being new to this whole hiking thing, this is about the fifth hike I've ever made, I didn't have a great deal of expectations about Crabtree Falls. The guide lists a couple of different, three really, options which was helpful. Four miles or less is my current comfort level, so I opted to start from the lower trailhead (off of VA 56) and climb the 1.7 miles to the fourth lookout and loop back for a nice 3.4-mile hike. It was a Sunday and while I saw about 20 or so people, I almost always was walking in solitude. The hike was fairly strenuous (it was about 98 degrees in the sun that day), but, as advertised, the trail was well-marked. (I ran into a father with his two sons at the cave that is mentioned in the trail guide; they were pondering what it was, what to do with it, if anything, and I confidently passed through it, knowing it reconnected with the trail, thanks to the guide.) Made me feel, for about thirty seconds, like a pro. After my recent hikes in Wythe County the hike was almost too civilized, with guard rails and wooden steps in many parts. I panted by a very nice grandmother with her grandchildren, all wearing flip-flops and carrying no water, and felt a little foolish with my daypack, quart of water, compass, etc. I offered them some of my water, but they declined politely. The falls were great rewards, and each switchback that brought me to another view was a great place to stop, take a couple of pictures, and gulp down some water. I'd like to take the hike from the top, but the guide says 826 would probably not be suitable for my little, low Jetta. It was a lovely walk and predictable for all the right reasons, and I left feeling a bit more confident about my ability to locate trailheads (and route numbers for that matter), and keep on walking despite heat and a sometimes steep climb. I hope the flip-flop family left feeling the same way.