Blue Suck Falls in Bath County in Douthat State Park
Hiking to Blue Suck Falls can be a frustrating experience if you hoped to film a bone-crushing waterfall! Rather, focus on the journey and you will thoroughly enjoy the hiking and scenery in a wonderful State Park.
I’ve not seen much water at Blue Suck Falls but some online photos do show a very beautiful waterfall (cascade really) in flood.
There are several ways to reach the Falls from down at Douthat Road. I will describe a combination of trails that makes for a full day of hiking but with splendid views and two waterfalls!
This loop trail is just over 9 miles long and steep in places.
In Douthat State Park we will combine the Stony Run, Tuscarora Overlook and Blue Suck Falls Trails. Park at the Stony Run Trailhead.
Crab Orchard Branch Falls is part of the wonderful Guest River Gorge Trail – 5.8 miles of paved trail for biking and walking/hiking!
Crab Orchard Branch is a creek that meets the Guest River at 1.8 miles and the Falls are just a short scramble upstream.
While the trail is wonderfully maintained please know you will hike downhill and returning will be a bit tougher so don’t overdo things!
From US 58 Alternate, head south on State Route 72 near Coeburn. Travel for 2.3 miles on this curvy, two-lane road. You will pass the Flatwoods Picnic Area on your right, and very soon afterward, you will reach a sign for the Guest River Gorge on your left. Turn left onto this paved road, which is Forest Road 2477, and drive for 1.4 miles until you reach the parking lot. The trailhead is marked with a kiosk at the edge of the parking area.
Better known as a water source for Appalachian Trail hikers, Comers Creek Falls can be quite a sight after heavy rains! Like most Virginia waterfalls, it more of a cascade than a pure waterfall.
Fortunately, it does not require miles of hiking to experience it! In fact, the waterfall is just 0.4 miles from where you parked! And you get to walk a very short section of the famous Appalachian Trail!
Head west out of Troutdale on Route 16 and turn left on CR 741. After 0.45 miles look for a place to pull over. There are no parking areas here. Just make sure you do not block gates or roads or anything.
The trail is on your right next to Comers Creek. It is a little steep in places. You will walk for about 0.3 miles to reach the Appalachian Trail then turn right and the Falls appear on your right soon after!
Chestnut Creek Falls in New River Trail State Park – Carroll County
Not much of a waterfall in terms of height, but the location of Chestnut Creek Falls makes it a very worthwhile destination!
Chestnut Creek Falls is part of the New River Trail – a 57-mile linear State Park that follows an abandoned railroad. It parallels the scenic and historic New River for 39 miles and passes through four counties and the city of Galax. The trail’s flat profile makes it great for hiking, biking and horseback riding.
The nearest parking is where Iron Ridge Road (607) crosses Chestnut Creek next to the Trail. The town of Fries is nearby. Being a State Park, there is a pay kiosk for parking ($5 in 2018).
Grayson Highlands State Park in Grayson County is home to at least 3 smaller waterfalls with Lower Cabin Creek being the most photogenic.
The Lower Cabin Creek Trail is a moderate 1.9 mile loop hike with the Lower Cabin Creek Falls as its main attraction. The Upper Cabin Creek Falls is not visible unless the Creek is flowing very hard.
Further to the east, the Wilson Creek Trail is a completely different matter! The 2.1 mile loop is a rough trail and steep with several options to enhance the hike. While the complete loop is best suited for serious hikers, everone can make it down to the Creek to fish and walk around.
There are several waterfalls along Wilson Creek but these look much better after heavy rains! The main waterfall is really a large cascade but it can be powerfull when the Creek is up.
Both trails are reached from inside the State Park (entrance fee).
For Cabin Creek drive up to the Massie Gap parking area. It is best to hike clockwise once you reach the junction after 0.2 miles. Lower Cabin Creek Falls are at 0.75 miles. The Upper Falls are at mile 1.1
For Wilson Creek, drive east towards the Hickory Ridge Campground and park near the Country Store. Waterfall lovers not afraid of rough trails should hike the anti-clockwise loop – basically following the Creek upstream. The Falls are at 0.95 miles.
For a somewhat easier hike, you can do an out-and-back along Orchard Road.