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Crabtree Falls

Crabtree Falls is located in the George Washington National Forest in Nelson County, Virginia, and is one of the tallest sets of waterfalls in the United States east of the Mississippi River.

This is the first large cascade you’ll encounter on the hike

Crabtree Falls is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Virginia, and certainly the tallest. It is commonly referred to as the tallest waterfall in the East. This is a mistake because Crabtree Falls is actually a series of waterfalls, all beautiful and tall but not one distinct drop. Crabtree Creek flows from Crabtree Meadows through a rare hanging valley for this region before plunging 1,080 feet towards the Tye River.

Crabtree Falls Trail is probably Virginia’s best-known waterfall hike. The hike is located a short distance from the Blue Ridge Parkway. The trail climbs alongside the falls and ends at an overlook of the Tye River Valley. It is one of the classic “must-hike” Virginia trails.

          Elevation: 1,670' (509 m) ,           Height: 1,214' (370 m) ,           Number of drops: 5

However, the title of tallest free-fall vertical drop goes to Fall Creek Falls in Tennessee's Fall Creek Falls State Park.

How to Reach Crabtree Falls can be reached from the Blue Ridge Parkway by travelling to milepost 27. Exit onto VA 56 going east and follow the signs to Crabtree Falls (about 6.3 miles). It is open from dawn to dusk daily.

Crabtree Falls
The George Washington and Jefferson National Forests
Massies Mill, VA
Crabtree Falls Campgrounds
11039 Crabtree Falls Hwy, Tyro, VA 22976

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