From Steeles Tavern, drive east on SR-56 for 1 mile then turn left on SR-608. After 2.2 miles turn right on to stay on SR-608 and drive a short distance to St Mary’s Road. Turn right. The parking area is 1.4 miles away where the road ends.
The trail (while rocky in some areas) is easy to follow (orange markers) as seen in our slide show below. Be aware you have to cross the creek no less than 5 times meaning your feet will get wet after a rainy period!
Stiles Falls was named after Randolph Stiles who sadly lost his life near the Falls during a Sunday School picnic. It is a very pretty waterfall at the end of a scenic 1.6 mile hike.
The Falls is located on the property of Alta Mons – a summer camp and retreat center of the United Methodist Church near Shawsville, Virginia.
It is best to look at our Google Map to ensure you do not get lost!
Make your way to Alleghany Spring Road (SR-637) and look for Camp Alta Mons on the south side of the road. Drive up to the office on the left and park in the small lot on the right. DO NOT enter the gate with your vehicle.
Do check in with the office as a courtesy and sign your name on the visitor sheet next to the gate.
The trail is clearly marked and easy at first but you have to cross a stream 3 times and may get wet! Near the Falls the trail get steeper and rougher as you can see in the slide show below.
Please wear proper hiking shoes to prevent slipping.
Bent Mountain Falls in Montgomery County, Virginia
Dropping over 200 feet, Bent Mountain Falls is the 2nd highest waterfall in Virginia!
Located inside the Bottom Creek Gorge Preserve, the Falls are best viewed from an overlook along the Johnston Trail (red markers). When water levels are lower, one could bushwack along Bottom Creek to the foot of the Falls but its true height is obscured.
It is best to just follow our Google Mapfor the exact location.
Make your way to Bottom Creek Lane (SR-637) and look for the bridge where the road crosses Bottom Creek. Turn west on the unpaved road for a short distance until you reach a gate. Do not block the gate when parking!
Please be aware – no dogs allowed.
It is a strenuous hike (4.75 miles round-trip but a bit shorter if you stay on the Johnston Trail only) so come prepared. You walk a short distance until you reach the information board where you will be introduced to the three trail options – red, yellow or blue. We prefer the outer loop (Red – Yellow – Blue) in order to see the actual Bottom Creek and to see some of the other sights as explained on the information board.
It is 1.6 miles from the parking lot to the Creek and 2.4 miles to the Falls Viewpoint when using the Yellow Trail.
Fenwick Mines is a beautiful waterfall and swimming hole just 0.3 miles from the parking area along Fenwick Mines Road (CR-685).
It is located in an old mining area and today there are hiking trails and picnic facilities.
The short and flat trail to Fenwick Mines Waterfall is well-maintained and wheel-chair accessible (up to the overlook). There is an easy but narrow trail down to the base of the Falls (highly recommended). Please watch the short trail video below.
It is best to just follow our Google Mapfor the exact location. The road is paved and the parking area is large enough for several vehicles.
Just follow Market Street/Craigs Creek Road north out of New Castle for about 5 miles then turn onto State Route 611. Soon afterwards turn right onto Fenwick Mines Rd and the parking area will be on the right after just over a mile.
Walk over the foot bridge then turn right and the Falls will be 0.3 miles away!
If you are looking for a semi-challenging hike to a remote waterfall then Rowlands Creek Falls – a 3.2 mile (round-trip) outing – is for you! It is in the middle of nowhere – closest large town is Chilhowie but some distance away!
While the trail itself is not difficult, do go prepared when hiking to Rowlands Creek Falls. Once you reach the top of the Falls, you have to scramble down the slippery banks to reach the base and this is where you may get hurt. Just in case something goes wrong, please pack everything you need in order to survive a night or two while waiting for rescue.
Once you reach the top of the Falls, you have to scramble down the slippery banks to reach the base and this is where you may get hurt.
The easiest way is to find the USFS Hurricane Campground on a map. That will take you close. Then you follow an unpaved road west (Hurricane Rd) for about 4.5 miles. At some point this becomes Skulls Gap Rd but it does not matter much. The trailhead will be on your right.
Should you start from the Chilhowie area, follow Whitetop Rd (CR-600) south and turn left onto unpaved Skulls Gap Rd. From here the trailhead will be on your left about 4.5 miles east. Again, at some point the road becomes Hurricane Rd but do not be overly concerned about road names.
It is best to just follow our Google Mapfor the exact location. The parking area is very small but you can park next to road somewhere.
Once parked, look for the Rowlands Creek TR sign and enter past the gate. Another sign states the Falls are 1-1/2 miles. Follow the trail east for a short distance until you see a 3rd sign for Rowlands Creek TR. You now turn left past another gate and follow the fire road all the way down the hill until you get to the Creek.
Once you cross the Creek look for the trail to turn right. You follow the Creek (crossing it a few times) all the way down until you hear the thundering waterfall on your left! Continue down until you see the base of the Falls on your left and then bushwack your way a short distance down to it.
Note, we call the access road ‘Skulls Gap Road’ but it could also be Hurricane Rd.
Overstreet Creek Falls is a pretty roadside waterfall just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Bedford County, Virginia.
It is virtually unknown which is a good thing because there is parking for one maybe two vehicles only and the waterfall is at a turn in the road. Please drive slowly when approaching the turn because folks may be walking there.
To find Overstreet Creek Falls, drive north or south along the Parkway just north of Peaks of Otter. At mile 80.2, turn south onto Overstreet Creek Road (CR-765) – a dirt road. There is a gate but I’ve not seen it closed. If closed you have to park there and walk down the road to the Falls (1.78 miles). Or you can turn around and drive up CR-765 from the Bedford area – a long detour!
I always recommend a high-clearance 4WD vehicle when driving the unpaved mountain roads near the Blue Ridge. It is possible to drive down this winding road in a standard vehicle but avoid rainy days and take it slow.
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!