Big Cedar Creek Falls – Virginia

Big Cedar Creek Falls in the Pinnacle Nature Area Preserve in Russell County, Virginia

Known by most as Big Falls, Big Cedar Creek Falls is not a typical high waterfall. Instead, it covers the width of Big Cedar Creek creating a beautiful backdrop for wide-angle landscape photos!

Big Falls Wide View
Big Falls Wide View (click to enlarge)

In addition the Pinnacle Area Preserve offers several hiking trails. We enjoy combing the trails to visit Big Falls, Spring Falls (a secondary cascade) and a viewpoint to see the Pinnacle – a 400 feet tall dolomite spire!

The Pinnacle
The Pinnacle

Directions

From Lebanon, turn onto VA 82 towards Cleveland. Turn right onto VA 640 then after 4.3 miles turn left onto VA 721. Follow the unpaved road 0.9 miles down to the parking lot on the left. Cross the Creek using the swing bridge and continue for 1.2 miles to the Falls and beyond!

Swing Bridge
Swing Bridge

The trail is rather flat and easy with a slight elevation change at the bridge and just before Big Falls. At 0.9 miles you turn left uphill towards Big Falls. If you continue straight you can stop at Spring Falls just beyond the picnic shelter. It is a small cascade but pretty nonetheless.

Spring Falls
Spring Falls

Trail Map

Trail Map - Big Falls at Pinnacle
Trail Map – Big Falls at Pinnacle (click to enlarge)

Trail Profile

Trail Profile
Trail Profile (click to enlarge)