Crabtree Falls

For those who love a good waterfall hike, add Crabtree Falls in Nelson County to your ever-growing list of must-do hikes in Virginia. I’ve completed quite a few waterfall hikes (Roaring Run Falls, Little Stony Falls, etc), but the major cascades of Crabtree Falls are in a league of their own. This waterfall tops them all at a height of 1,214 feet tall. It’s literally as tall – maybe taller – than an actual skyscraper. Now that’s tall. According to Nelson County, Crabtree Falls is the highest waterfall east of the Mississippi River. Seriously, so tall. Crabtree Falls puts on a good show too thanks to five tumbling cascades that are within view nearly every step of the hike along burbling Crabtree Creek. The total distance of this out-and-back hike is 3.3 miles. There is a good bit of elevation, but this view-packed hike will put a smile on your face with each step.


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