St. Mary’s Falls – Augusta County, Virginia
This very popular waterfall between Lexington and Waynesboro, St. Mary’s Falls, should be on everyone’s to-do list!
It has everything most hikers look for – plenty of parking on a well-maintained unpaved road, a very steady and gradual trail and a beautiful waterfall at the 2.2 mile mark!
St. Mary’s River gorge used to be a very active mining area until the 1950’s. In places some remnants of its past can still be seen.
It is best to study our Google Map!
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!
Trail Slide Show