Roaring Run Falls in Virginia

Roaring Run Falls

Roaring Run Falls in Botetourt County, Virginia

If you are looking for an exciting hike next to a stream to a very photogenic waterfall then Roaring Run Falls should be near the top of your list!

But there is more! You can follow the trail upstream to the waterfalls and return via a different forest trail that includes a scenic viewpoint and a visit to a 19th century iron furnace!

Roaring Run Furnace
Roaring Run Furnace

The trail is beautifully maintained and you cross 3 bridges on your way to the Falls – you do not have to get your feet wet!

Roaring Run Creek
Roaring Run Creek

Roaring Run Recreational Area offers much more than a waterfall! It is the kind of place one can visit time and time again to hike and picnic.

Directions

Always study our Google Map of Virginia Waterfalls for accurate locations of every waterfall.

From Eagle Rock, drive north on US220 and turn left on Craig Creek Road (VA615). After 5.5 miles turn right on Roaring Run Road (VA621) and look for the entrance to Roaring Run Recreational Day Use Area on the left after 1 mile.

On the trail map below you can see the two main trails. We prefer to hike in a clockwise direction – upstream 0.6 miles to the Falls on the Streamside Trail and return via the furnace on the Woodlands Trail (1 mile).

Shortly after the 3rd bridge there is a sliding rock cascade which is great fun on a hot day! Bring your swimwear!

Roaring Run Creek - rock slide
Roaring Run Creek – rock slide

Trail Map

Trail Map-Roaring Run Falls
Trail Map-Roaring Run Falls (click to enlarge)

Trail Profiles

Streamside Trail Profile
Streamside Trail Profile (click to enlarge)
Woodlands Trail Profile
Woodlands Trail Profile (click to enlarge)

 

Falls Run Waterfall in Virginia

Falls Run Waterfall

Falls Run Waterfall in Shenandoah County, Virginia

If you thought there are no waterfall surprises left in Virginia, think again because Falls Run Waterfall will take your breath away!

If you visit in the Spring or when the nearby creeks run high, you can stand underneath this 60-feet high waterfall and let the cool water refresh your soul like nature intended!

But, the 1.7 mile hike is steep and the trail is very rocky especially the first 0.2 miles after leaving the lower parking lot. The higher parking lot (accessible certain months when the gates are open) puts you closer to the better part of the trail but the steepness remains!

There are huge boulders at the base of the waterfall and some are very slippery. Be careful!

Directions

Always follow our Google Map of Virginia Waterfalls for accurate directions.

If you want to park closer and save 0.7 miles (making the hike 1 mile one way instead of 1.7) , it is best to call the Lee Ranger District and ask if the gates on FR252 are open BEFORE arrival. If open then you can drive up and park at the top lot (room for 10 or so vehicles) as shown on the trail map below.

We do not like surprises so we alway park at the end of VA701 (room for 2 or 3 vehicles in the lower parking area) meaning we can hike at any time! There are no gates and it is tarmac most of the way.

  • Regardless of your parking choice, you will head uphill on a yellow marked trail. lower parking – walk towards the house and the yellow Forest Service trail crosses Falls Run Creek to the right. No need to enter the private property! Stay on the trail until you cross FR252 then continue for 0.6 miles to the left turn (white trail) down to the waterfall
  • upper parking – walk towards the gate and look for the yellow trail on the right just beyond the gate. Continue for 0.6 miles and turn left (white trail) down to the waterfall

The trail down to the waterfall is also steep and a bit rough. Take it easy!

Watch the slide show below to see the trail conditions.

Upper Parking - Falls Run Waterfall
Upper Parking – Falls Run Waterfall

 

Trail Map

Trail Map-Falls Run Waterfall
Trail Map-Falls Run Waterfall (click to enlarge)

Trail Profile (one way)

Trail Profile - Falls Run Waterfall
Trail Profile – Falls Run Waterfall (click to enlarge)

Trail Slide Show

Tank Hollow Falls in Virginia

Tank Hollow Falls is a very scenic 60 feet waterfall in the town of Cleveland in Russell County, Virginia.

What makes these Falls special is the fact that one can park very close to the base, making it one of most accessible waterfalls in Virginia.

Tank Hollow Falls Trail
Tank Hollow Falls Trail

Directions

From Cleveland St, turn SW to 4th Street then left to Tank Hollow Road. Drive downhill to the parking area in front of the Falls. There is a short gravel trail to the Falls.

Tank Hollow Falls Trail
Tank Hollow Falls Trail Parking

Large Google Map

Trail Map

Map -Tank Hollow Falls (click to enlarge)

Waterfalls of the Little Stony National Recreation Trail in Virginia

Upper Waterfall of Little Stony

Waterfalls of the Little Stony National Recreation Trail in Scott County, Virginia

The waterfalls of the Little Stony is an iconic destination for waterfall lovers in Virginia!

You can choose between a shorter trail of 1.4 miles (return) to view all three waterfalls, or you can park one vehicle at the top parking area and hike down to a second parking area (at Hanging Rock) for a total hike of 2.8 miles.

These trails and parking areas are shown on our Virginia Waterfalls Map.

As mentioned there are three waterfalls of note and a few small ones further downstream when the creek is running high. Most visitors are satisfied after seeing the big three, leaving the lower part of the trail for hiking enthusiasts.

Middle Falls of the Little Stony
Middle Falls of the Little Stony (click to enlarge)
Lower Falls of the Little Stony
Lower Falls of the Little Stony (click to enlarge)

While in the area, be sure to hike the short trail to a lovely viewpoint – Bear Rock – from where you can look down into the Creek area. See our trail map below.

Bear Rock Vista
Bear Rock Vista

Directions

From the town of Coeburn drive south on VA72. Turn right on SR-664 then left on FR-700 and left on FR-701. Park in the first parking area (on the left) for the Little Stony Creek area. Bathrooms are available in a 2nd parking area about 100 yards further down the road!

The trail is a very gentle downhill profile and rather easy. You will see the Upper Falls after crossing the first bridge and the Middle Falls after crossing the second Bridge. The Lower Falls are a bit further down the trail (0.7 miles).

Watch the slide show below to see the parking and the trail.

Trail Map

Trail Map-Little Stony Creek Falls
Trail Map-Little Stony Creek Falls (click to enlarge)

Trail Profile

 

Little Stony Creek Trail Profile
Little Stony Creek Trail Profile (click to enlarge)

Trail Slide Show

Cascade Falls in Virginia

Lower Cascades Falls

Cascade Falls in Giles County, Virginia

As one of the most popular waterfalls in Virginia, the 66-foot Cascade Falls is visited by more than 150,000 people every year! It is not uncommon to arrive on a weekend only to find no parking except downtown in Pembroke where shuttle buses ($3 per person at last check) take hikers to the trailhead.

The main trail is a 4 mile loop – the idea is to hike up to the Cascade Falls on the Lower Trail along Little Stony Creek and to return via the Upper trail on the opposite side.

However, we prefer an alternate trail in order to avoid most of the crowds! This trail takes in Barney’s Wall (a scenic viewpoint), a second waterfall called Upper Cascade Falls and the main Cascade Falls. You can also drive further to the summit of Butt Mountain for more views! NOTE – A 4WD vehicle is required.

Upper Cascade Falls
Upper Cascade Falls (click to enlarge)

Directions

Please look at our Virginia Waterfall Map for accurate directions!

  1. The Standard Trail – Find your way to the town of Pembroke along US-460 from Blacksburg. Turn right on Cascade Dr and enter the parking area after 3.3 miles. Entrance fees are $3 per vehicle. Start the trail at the far end of the parking lot and cross the bridge to the Lower Trail. After viewing the Falls you can continue up to the Upper Falls and/or return via the Upper Trail.
  2. The Barney’s Wall Trail – From US-460 turn right on Doe Creek Rd. After 3.8 miles turn left on Little Meadow Rd and drive 5.5 miles uphill (bad road) to the small parking area for Barney’s Wall. It is 0.7 miles to the Barney’s Wall viewpoint – an easy hike. Retrace your steps then continue down for 1.6 miles to the Upper Cascade Falls and 0.6 miles further down to the main Cascades Falls. Total is 4.7 miles. After the hike you can drive further up the mountain to the summit of Butt Mountain. Note – a high-clearance 4WD vehicle is required for this trailhead but the rewards are worth it!
Barney's Wall Parking
Barney’s Wall Parking (limited spots as shown and notice the bad road)
Barneys Wall Viewpoint
Barney’s Wall Vista
Butt Mountain Vista
Butt Mountain Vista

Trail Map

Cascade Falls Trail Map
Cascade Falls Trail Map (click to enlarge)

Trail Profiles

Cascade Falls Main Trail Profile
Cascade Falls Main Trail Profile (Trailhead to Cascade Falls)
Barney's Wall Trail Profile
Barney’s Wall Trail Profile (Trailhead to Barney’s to Upper Cascade Falls and back)

 

Lower Shamokin Falls in Virginia

Lower Shamokin Main Falls

Lower Shamokin Falls in Nelson County, Virginia

The 1.8 mile trail to Lower Shamokin Falls is one of our favorites, yet you will find very little information about it online!

The trailhead is easy to find at the end of a paved road (only 50 yards of gravel road), the trail is clearly marked and not steep and you can spend days trying to photograph all the waterfalls and water scenery along the way. Once you reach the main waterfalls there are at least 3 big ones to explore.

Scrambling (a short bushwack) is involved to reach the main falls, however.

Please watch the slide show below!

NOTE – If you are a visitor at Wintergreen Resort you can visit Upper Shamokin Falls then walk down the fire road to reach Lower Shamokin Falls BUT it is a boring walk. It is much more scenic to hike from the bottom as described here.

Directions

Drive south past the town of Nellysford on Nelson 151. Turn right on Old Stoney Creek Road (CR751) and follow the tarmac road for 2.1 miles to the small parking area at the trailhead. Please do not block the gate!

See our Map of Virginia Waterfalls for clear directions.

Walk past the gate and follow the road up to the power station then look for a footbridge (behind the building) to cross Stoney Creek. Walk around another gate.

Continue to follow the 4×4 road uphill to mile 1.25 (from the parking area)  – a sign on the left for Lower Shamokin Falls.  The road continues upwards towards Wintergreen Resort so do not miss the sign! From here the trail flattens out and you will reach the Falls after 0.6 miles.

Lower Shamokin Falls
Lower Shamokin Falls (just another waterfall below the Main Falls)

To reach the main Lower Shamokin Falls, cross the creek just below the large waterfall where the trail stops. Scramble up the hill to the top of this waterfall then you will see the main waterfall a bit further upstream.

Lower Shamokin Falls
Lower Shamokin Falls (cross the creek here)

Photography here is difficult due to debris but the Falls are beautiful!

Trail Map

Trail Map- Lower Shamokin Falls
Trail Map- Lower Shamokin Falls (click to enlarge)

Trail Profile

Lower Shamokin Trail Profile
Lower Shamokin Falls – Trail Profile

Slide Show

 

Falling Spring Falls in Virginia

Falling Spring Falls

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!

Directions

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)

Falls of the Doyles River in Virginia

Doyles River Falls #1

Doyles River Falls in Shenandoah National Park (Albermarle County)

Doyles River Falls (there are two waterfalls to be exact), is a must-see in Shenandoah National Park. At 28 feet and 63 feet respectively, these Falls are very popular with visitors so plan to arrive early and be prepared for a steep return hike! It is 3.2 miles down and back.

If you can, visit after a period of heavy or consistent rain when these waterfalls truly come to life. In early Fall they are mere trickles of water!

Directions

Please look at our Virginia Waterfall Map for accurate locations!

You have two options:

  • The most direct hike starts from the Doyles River Parking area at Mile 81.1. This is the route I use for the fastest up-and-down when trying to avoid the crowds.
  • You can also park at the Browns Gap Fire Road (Mile 83) and complete a 5.8 mile loop hike that includes the Falls of Jones Run.
Doyles River Parking
Doyles River Parking

Trail Map

NOTE – This is a steep 3.2 mile return hike so pack water and wear proper hiking shoes!

From the Doyles River parking area, follow the blue blazes down to the Falls. There are some side-trails (AT, Doyles River Cabin and Browns Gap Rd) but look for a blue blaze when in doubt!

At 0.85 miles you will cross the Doyles River on a bridge meaning the Falls will be on your left further down.

Doyles River Bridge
Doyles River Bridge

You will reach Doyles River Falls #1 at 1.28 miles. It is a short scramble down to its base.

Doyles River Falls #1 - Fall
Doyles River Falls #1 – Fall

Return to the trail and continue down until mile 1.6 to see Doyles River Falls #2.

Doyles River Falls #2
Doyles River Falls #2

If you feel energetic you can continus along the trail but you won’t find better waterfalls!

Trail Map - Doyles River Falls
Trail Map – Doyles River Falls (click to enlarge)

Trail Profile

Doyles River Falls Profile
Doyles River Falls Profile

Falls of Naked Creek in Virginia

Falls of Naked Creek 2

Falls of Naked Creek in Shenandoah National Park – Page County

The East Branch of Naked Creek is a waterfall-rich stream that flows down from near Skyline Drive to the community of Jollett.

It is best to access Naked Creek from the Naked Creek Overlook by bushwhacking for about a mile down to a series of waterfalls. I encountered three waterfalls but there must be a few more either upstream or downstream.

There are no trails and the going is rough, steep and almost impassable in the Spring when the growth is tall and green. But I went anyways – and twisted my ankle down in the hollows. I had to hobble my way back up through the most terrible terrain.

The area is unexplored for the most part and it would be most interesting to do a multi-day hike from Jollett to the headwaters of Naked Creek!

Falls of Naked Creek 1
Falls of Naked Creek #1
Falls of Naked Creek 2
Falls of Naked Creek #2
Falls of Naked Creek 3
Falls of Naked Creek #3

Directions

Park at Naked Creek Overlook at mile 53.2.

Please study my Virginia Waterfall Map for precise locations.

Trail Map

Looking at the trail map below, note the East Branch of Naked Creek is the lower creek flowing from left to right. The creek on the right is a side creek.

Walk down through the meadow. Others suggest to go left to the side creek and hike down following the creek, BUT I prefer to start at the middle of the overlook and hike straight down (west) until I meet the East Branch of Naked Creek.

I cross Naked Creek then hike left (some day I will explore to the right!) and follow the Creek downstream. Things get interesting once the side creek comes in from the left – two major waterfalls appear soon after!

It is about 0.8 miles from the parking area to these waterfalls.

Trail Map - Falls of Naked Creek
Trail Map – Falls of Naked Creek (click to enlarge)

Profile of the Naked Creek Trail

Profile - Falls of Naked Creek
Profile – Falls of Naked Creek

Falls of Big Creek in Virginia

Falls of Big Creek 3

Falls of Big Creek in Shenandoah National Park – Page County

The amazing Falls of Big Creek are no longer secret per say, but receive only a handful of waterfall enthusiasts every year.

The reason is simple. It is a very tough, lonely and sometimes dangerous hike down to Big Creek. I will say the section down to the Creek is doable for most experienced hikers wearing proper gear, but once you turn upstream towards the Falls it becomes quite challenging.

It is roughly 2.8 miles (one-way) from the trailhead to the waterfalls.

There are three major waterfalls to enjoy but I have not explored the top section nor the lower part of Big Creek – meaning there could be more waterfalls waiting to be discovered! Get out there and explore, friends!

The lower Falls (#3) is the first one I encountered and it is the largest and most impressive. #2 and #1 are relatively close to each other and smaller but very scenic.

Directions

You can reach the Falls from a limited parking area from Jollett Road in Elkton but I am describing the trail from the top and back.

Park at Hazeltop Ridge Overlook at mile 54.5. Look for a trail marker in the center of the overlook. This is the Powell Mountain Trailhead.

Falls of Big Creek - Parking
Falls of Big Creek – Parking

Always study my Virginia Waterfall Map for precise locations.

Trail Map

Hike down the blue-blazed Powell Mountain Trail for 1.67 miles where you cross a small creek. It is a very quiet and seldom used trail so it may be overgrown at times and covered with spider webs!

Falls of Big Creek - Trail
Falls of Big Creek – Trail (I turn left near this bear study marker)
Trail Map - Falls of Big Creek
Trail Map – Falls of Big Creek (click to enlarge)

Turn left after the crossing and bushwhack down the mountain – always keep the creek on your left and stay close to it. You can see this section on the trail map marked in light green.

After roughly 0.6 miles following the right bank of a side creek, you will reach Big Creek. It is time to turn left, cross the unknown side creek and follow Big Creek upstream (I stayed on the left bank) where you will encounter waterfall #3, #2 and #1 in order!

Note my GPS trail on the map above. At times you have to swing wide away from the Creek in order to scale the high cliffs safely.

Afterwards, retrace you steps or bushwhack back to Powell Mountain Trail – it is very rough country I can tell you now!

Falls of Big Creek 3
Falls of Big Creek 3
Falls of Big Creek 2
Falls of Big Creek 2
Falls of Big Creek 1
Falls of Big Creek 1

Trail Profile

Profile - Falls of Big Creek
Profile – Falls of Big Creek (click to enlarge)