The Great Virginia Waterfall Trail

Eben Schoeman’s Companion Guide

The 1373-mile Great Virginia Waterfall Trail is a combination of highways, byways and county roads that connect almost all of Virginia’s spectacular (and accessible) waterfalls in a Figure 8 roadtrip! 

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The Star city of Roanoke is at the center of the Figure 8. While you can enter or exit the Waterfall Trail at any point, Roanoke is a good place to start! From there you can head north or south in either a clockwise or anti-clockwise loop!

The Trail is more than just a connecting road. I designed the route to follow the most interesting or scenic paths as shown on the free map – Scenic Roads & Byways in Virginia (available at tourist centers statewide and online at www.virginiadot.org.)

The waterfalls in this book are arranged in order starting in Roanoke and heading south on the Blue Ridge Parkway. I describe every waterfall along the Waterfall Trail in the Figure 8 arrangement before ending back in Roanoke coming from the north!

This online description of the Waterfall Trail includes fun and interesting stops along the way. You also experience the Crooked Road, Designated Virginia Scenic Byways, Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway – to mention a few!

As to be expected, the Waterfall Trail is forever a “work-in-progress”! So check back often and before each planned roadtrip!

The Great Virginia Waterfall Trail Video on Youtube!

An hour-long relaxation video featuring many of the prettiest waterfalls in Virginia!
 
 

The Great Virginia Waterfall Trail – Google Map

Here is the official online Google Map of the Waterfall Trail. As a bonus, I included several other waterfalls that are either, not part of the Trail or on private property.

Hiking trails leading to the Falls and parking areas are described in my book listed above.

Large Google Map

 
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The Great Waterfall Trail in Sections

For easier navigation and planning, the Waterfall Trail is divided into 11 sections. Just click on each section for more information.

  • Section 1 – Roanoke to Galax – 182 miles
  • Section 2 – Galax to Abingdon – 126 miles
  • Section 3 – Abingdon to Coeburn – 83 miles
  • Section 4 – Coeburn to Rocky Gap – 165 miles
  • Section 5 – Rocky Gap to Roanoke – 80 miles
  • Section 6 – Roanoke to Douthat SP – 115 miles
  • Section 7 – Douthat SP to Harrisonburg – 106 miles
  • Section 8 – Harrisonburg to Winchester – 87 miles
  • Section 9 – Winchester to SNP – 132 miles
  • Section 10 – Shenandoah NP – 127 miles
  • Section 11 – Blue Ridge Parkway – 170 miles
Virginia Waterfall Trail - Section 11

The Great Virginia Waterfall Trail – Section 11

Section 11 of the Great Virginia Waterfall Trail travels 170 miles along the Blue Ridge Parkway and nearby roads. The ...
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Virginia Waterfall Trail - Section 10

The Great Virginia Waterfall Trail – Section 10

Section 10 of the Great Virginia Waterfall Trail travels 127 miles through the Shenandoah National Park. The GPS track and ...
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Virginia Waterfall Trail - Section 9

The Great Virginia Waterfall Trail – Section 9

Section 9 of the Great Virginia Waterfall Trail travels 132 miles from Winchester to Shenandoah National Park via Great Falls ...
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Virginia Waterfall Trail - Section 8

The Great Virginia Waterfall Trail – Section 8

Section 8 of the Great Virginia Waterfall Trail travels 87 miles from Harrisonburg to Winchester. The GPS track and waypoints ...
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Virginia Waterfall Trail - Section 7

The Great Virginia Waterfall Trail – Section 7

Section 7 of the Great Virginia Waterfall Trail travels 106 miles from Douthat State Park to Harrisonburg. The GPS track ...
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Virginia Waterfall Trail - Section 6

The Great Virginia Waterfall Trail – Section 6

Section 6 of the Great Virginia Waterfall Trail travels 115 miles from Roanoke to Douthat State Park. The GPS track ...
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Virginia Waterfall Trail - Section 5

The Great Virginia Waterfall Trail – Section 5

Section 5 of the Great Virginia Waterfall Trail travels 80 miles from Rocky Gap to Roanoke. The GPS track and ...
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Virginia Waterfall Trail - Section 4

The Great Virginia Waterfall Trail – Section 4

Section 4 of the Great Virginia Waterfall Trail travels 165 miles from Coeburn to Rocky Gap. The GPS track and ...
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Virginia Waterfall Trail - Section 3

The Great Virginia Waterfall Trail – Section 3

Section 3 of the Great Virginia Waterfall Trail travels 83 miles from Abingdon to Coeburn. The GPS track and waypoints ...
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Virginia Waterfall Trail - Section 2

The Great Virginia Waterfall Trail – Section 2

Section 2 of the Great Virginia Waterfall Trail travels 126 miles from Galax to Abingdon. The GPS track and waypoints ...
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Virginia Waterfall Trail - Section 1

The Great Virginia Waterfall Trail – Section 1

Section 1 of the Great Virginia Waterfall Trail travels 182 miles from Roanoke to Galax. The GPS track and waypoints ...
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Hiking Emergency Kit

Safety Kit for Waterfall Hiking

Safety Kit for Waterfall Hiking The mountains of Virginia can be dangerous and a safety kit is essential for adventurers ...
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