Falling Spring Falls in Virginia

Falling Spring Falls in Alleghany County, Virginia

Here it is, the most beautiful roadside waterfall in Virginia and a must-see for any waterfall-loving visitor to the Commonwealth!

About 8 miles north of Covington, the unassuming Falling Spring Creek flows south through farmland and rolling hills and crosses underneath busy US-220. Then suddenly it meets a mighty rock face and the stream becomes a towering waterfall tumbling 80 feet into the valley below!

It is a breathtaking sight – even Thomas Jefferson wrote about the Falls in 1781!

Unfortunately the Falls were moved in 1941 as part of a mining operation! It used to be much higher and wider!


From near the Pizza Hut in Covington drive north on 220 for about 8.4 miles. If you somehow did not see the Falls on your left when you reach Falls Road (640), turn around – you just missed it!

Please study our Virginia Waterfall Map for the exact location.

There is a small parking area with some information about the Falls as well as a couple of walking trails to the Creek near the top of the Falls as well as the main viewing point next to 220.

The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation do not want visitors to scramble down to the base of the Falls. We did not but we see folks down at the base all the time despite the fencing. Visit at your own risk!

Trail Map

Map - Falling Spring Falls
Map – Falling Spring Falls (click to enlarge)