Mill Creek Nature Park near Narrows in Giles County, Virginia is home to three large waterfalls and many cascades depending on water levels.
The Main Falls – also known as Middle or 2nd falls – is the star attraction. It is a beautiful area and well worth visiting.
Please be aware that the trail is rocky, rough and steep in places! Watch the slideshow below to decide if the trail is in your comfort zone.
Wear proper shoes and keep a close eye on younger children who may slip and fall. The trail is hard to follow in some sections over the rocks; look closely! Mill Creek can be raging after heavy rains and the trail can be slippery so be careful.
Study our Google Map mapfor the exact location. From Main Street in Narrows turn South East on Northview. The parking lot is at the end of Northview Street (CR652). You can also approach it from Poplar Street (CR710).
As shown on our trail map below, the trail basically follows Mill Creek upstream for 1.6 miles to the Upper or 3rd waterfall. The trail does continue and there are other trails as shown on the map near the parking area but keep close to the Creek and you will eventually reach the waterfalls!
The Lower Falls (at 1.1 miles) turn into Twin Falls after heavy rains! Unfortunately you have to bushwack a short and steep distance down to the Creek to actually see these Falls!
The Main (Middle) Falls (at 1.2 miles) have a small sign to points to a side trail down to the Creek. This is a narrow, steep and slippery (muddy) section but you will soon be rewarded with the beautiful Main Falls!
Retrace your steps back to the main trail then turn right and hike up a steep narrow hill to the next waterfall sign. The Upper Falls (at 1.6 miles) are really a raging cascade between large boulders and are difficult to photograph but still worth the effort!
Falls Ridge Falls is a spring-fed travertine waterfall about 80-feet (according to officials but I think it is lower) in height.
The calcium deposits make it very unique in Virginia.
Turn right (west) onto Route 603 (North Fork Road). Follow winding Route 603 for seven miles until you see a red private bridge on the left.
Turn left onto Falls Ridge Road; cross the bridge and railroad tracks. See the slideshow below for photos.
Immediately across the tracks, turn left onto a gravel road that follows the tracks briefly, then curves to the right and fords a small stream.
Just past the stream there is a fork. Bear left and park on the side of the road near the preserve entrance sign. (Do NOT go to the right up the hill!). The trails start across the open field.
Falls Ridge Falls can be found on this Google Map.
The hike is only 0.9 miles including a visit to the nearby caves. Once you reach the T-junction the falls will be just to your right as shown on the trail map below. I suggest you go to the falls first then continue with the loop towards the caves and back to your vehicle. On top of the hill is another small waterfall once you cross a small bridge. Very scenic!
Garrett Creek Falls in Washington County, Virginia
Garrett Creek Falls (45-foot) is a roadside waterfall located on private property but clearly visible from the road.
If driving north on Garrett Creek Road (CR 611), Garrett Creek Falls will be on your left. You can pull over on the narrow road and take a quick picture but do not linger long and please do not trespass! It is tempting to scramble down the bank to take a closer look but don’t!
Unfortunately you may find some trash at the foot of the falls. Some it are just the result of flooding but folks also use ravines to dump their old tires, appliances and furniture. Really sad.
Garrett Creek Falls can be found on our Virginia Waterfalls Google Map.
We are currently working on three exciting projects for 2018!
1. Our new book “Virginia Waterfalls – Guide for Explorers” is due for release in late November. We are still discovering new waterfalls, editing photos and preparing 3D maps to be included!
2. One of our passions is finding cute downtowns while on the road. The kind of places where one can park the car and safely stroll around to shop and eat in unique local establishments. Around the country, and in Florida in particular, there is a movement underway to revitalize the main streets and to re-establish a sense of community that was lost when large shopping malls were built. Starting in our home state of Florida, we select about 100 communities and begin the difficult process of selecting the Top 20 most interesting downtowns to visit! The aim is to release our Top 20 on January 1, 2019!
3. Our work on a new Blue Ridge Parkway book was delayed in 2016 and 2017 due to illness and family events. But we are back and committed to get this project done by early 2019.