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.

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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.

Jones Run Falls #2

Falls of Jones Run in Virginia

Waterfalls of Jones Run in Shenandoah National Park - Albemarle County The out-and-back Jones Run Trail is one of the ...
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Big Falls of Tumbling Creek

Falls of Tumbling Creek in Virginia

Falls of Tumbling Creek near Saltville in Smyth County, Virginia The Falls of Tumbling Creek are high on our list ...
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Scott's Run Waterfall

Scott’s Run Waterfall in Virginia

Scott's Run Waterfall in Fairfax County, Virginia Scott's Run Nature Preserve is home to several challenging hiking trails and a ...
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Falls Ridge Falls

Falls Ridge Falls in Virginia

Falls Ridge Falls is a spring-fed travertine waterfall about 80-feet (according to officials but I think it is lower) in ...
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Big Branch Falls

Big Branch Falls in Virginia

Big Branch Falls in Shenandoah National Park (Albemarle County, Virginia) This beautiful corner of Albemarle County just inside the edge ...
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Upper Shamokin Falls

Upper Shamokin Falls in Virginia

Upper Shamokin Falls in Nelson County, Virginia When the Stony Creek flows hard, these Falls are smokin', especially the Falls ...
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Rose River Falls #1

Rose River Falls in Virginia

Rose River Falls in Shenandoah National Park - Madison County Rose River Falls is one of the prettiest in Shenandoah! ...
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St. Mary's Falls Virginia

St. Mary’s Falls in Virginia

St. Mary's Falls - Augusta County, Virginia This very popular waterfall between Lexington and Waynesboro, St. Mary's Falls, should be ...
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Roaring Run Falls

Roaring Run Falls in Virginia

Roaring Run Falls in Botetourt County, Virginia If you are looking for an exciting hike next to a stream to ...
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Falls Run Waterfall

Falls Run Waterfall in Virginia

Falls Run Waterfall in Shenandoah County, Virginia If you thought there are no waterfall surprises left in Virginia, think again ...
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Stiles Falls - Virginia

Stiles Falls in Virginia

Stiles Falls in Montgomery County, Virginia Stiles Falls was named after Randolph Stiles who sadly lost his life near the ...
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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 ...
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Great Falls Park

Great Falls Park in Virginia

Great Falls Park in Fairfax County, Virginia Located just 15 miles from the Nation's Capital, Great Falls Park is an ...
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Falls of Dismal

Falls of Dismal Creek in Virginia

Falls of Dismal Creek in Giles County, Virginia It appears everyone knows about the Falls of Dismal Creek! With an ...
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Big Cedar Creek Falls

Big Cedar Creek Falls in Virginia

Big Cedar Creek Falls in the Pinnacle Nature Area Preserve in Russell County, Virginia Known by most as Big Falls, ...
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Crab Orchard Branch Falls

Crab Orchard Branch Falls in Virginia

Crab Orchard Branch Falls is part of the wonderful Guest River Gorge Trail - 5.8 miles of paved trail for ...
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Laurel Run Falls

Laurel Run Falls in Virginia

Laurel Run Falls in Rockbridge County, Virginia Every so often we find a waterfall that no-one talks about, yet we ...
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Panther Falls

Panther Falls in Virginia

Panther Falls in Amherst County, Virginia Panther Falls is a very popular local swimming hole on the Pedlar River near ...
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Folly Mills Falls - Virginia

Folly Mills Falls in Virginia

Folly Mills Falls - Augusta County - Virginia. Folly Mills Falls are one of Staunton's best-kept secrets! This pretty waterfall ...
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Bent Mountain Falls

Bent Mountain Falls in Virginia

Bent Mountain Falls in Montgomery County, Virginia Dropping over 200 feet, Bent Mountain Falls is the 2nd highest waterfall in ...
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Fenwick Mines Waterfall

Fenwick Mines Waterfall in Virginia

Fenwick Mines Waterfall in Craig County, Virginia Fenwick Mines is a beautiful waterfall and swimming hole just 0.3 miles from ...
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Lands Run Falls

Lands Run Falls in Virginia

Lands Run Falls in Shenandoah National Park - Warren County Lands Run Falls is a great little leg-stretcher hike not ...
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Whitetop Laurel Falls

Whitetop Laurel Falls in Virginia

Whitetop Laurel Falls in Washington County The Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail is a 34.3-mile rail-to-recreation trail and home to the ...
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Apple Orchard Falls

Apple Orchard Falls in Virginia

Apple Orchard Falls in Botetourt County, Virginia Apple Orchard Falls is one of more scenic waterfalls along the famous Blue ...
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Blue Suck Falls

Blue Suck Falls in Virginia

Blue Suck Falls in Bath County in Douthat State Park Hiking to Blue Suck Falls can be a frustrating experience ...
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South River Falls

South River Falls in Virginia

South River Falls in Shenandoah National Park (Greene County) It is said South River Falls (83 feet) is the 3rd ...
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Statons Creek Falls

Statons Creek Falls in Virginia

Statons Creek Falls in Amherst County, Virginia Statons Creek Falls is a really pretty cascade that is impossible to photograph ...
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Garrett Creek Falls

Garrett Creek Falls in Virginia

Garrett Creek Falls in Washington County, Virginia Garrett Creek Falls (45-foot) is a roadside waterfall located on private property but ...
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Straight Branch Falls

Straight Branch Falls in Virginia

Straight Branch Falls in Washington County, Virginia You've most probably driven right by Straight Branch Falls without knowing it's there ...
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Crabtree Falls - Virginia

Crabtree Falls in Virginia

Crabtree Falls in Nelson County, Virginia Crabtree Falls has the highest cascading vertical drop east of the Mississippi! At 1200 ...
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Wig Wam Falls on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Wigwam Falls in Virginia

Wigwam Falls in Rockbridge Country, Virginia Wigwam Falls barely qualifies as a waterfall - it is a small cascade - ...
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Fallingwater Cascades

Fallingwater Cascades in Virginia

Fallingwater Cascades along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Botetourt County, Virginia Fallingwater Cascades is one of the epic waterfall hikes ...
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Upper Waterfall of Little Stony

Waterfalls of the Little Stony National Recreation Trail in Virginia

Waterfalls of the Little Stony National Recreation Trail in Scott County, Virginia The waterfalls of the Little Stony is an ...
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Big Rock Falls

Big Rock Falls in Virginia

Big Rock Falls in Shenandoah National Park - Madison County Near the retreat of a former U.S. President (Hoover) is ...
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Cedar Run Falls #3

Falls of Cedar Run in Virginia

Falls of Cedar Run in Shenandoah National Park - Madison County The Falls of Cedar Run are not as popular ...
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Chambers Ridge Falls

Chambers Ridge Falls in Virginia

Chambers Ridge Falls in Rockbridge County, Virginia Chambers Ridge Falls is another Virginia waterfall that no-one seems to know about! ...
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Lewis Falls

Lewis Falls in Virginia

Lewis Falls in Shenandoah National Park - Page County Its proximity to Big Meadows makes Lewis Falls a very popular ...
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Lower Cascades Falls

Cascade Falls in Virginia

Cascade Falls in Giles County, Virginia As one of the most popular waterfalls in Virginia, the 66-foot Cascade Falls is ...
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Comers Creek Falls

Comers Creek Falls in Virginia

Comers Creek Falls in Grayson County Better known as a water source for Appalachian Trail hikers, Comers Creek Falls can ...
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White Rock Falls

White Rock Falls in Virginia

White Rock Falls in Nelson County, Virginia White Rock Falls is one of the "secrets" along the Blue Ridge Parkway ...
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Hazel Falls - Shenandoah

Hazel Falls in Virginia

Hazel Falls in Shenandoah National Park in Rappahannock County is a pretty place to visit! You get to see a ...
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Mill Creek Natura Park - Main Falls

Falls of Mill Creek Nature Park in Virginia

Mill Creek Nature Park near Narrows in Giles County, Virginia  is home to three large waterfalls and many cascades depending ...
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Chestnut Creek Falls

Chestnut Creek Falls in Virginia

Chestnut Creek Falls in New River Trail State Park - Carroll County Not much of a waterfall in terms of ...
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Lower Shamokin Main Falls

Lower Shamokin Falls in Virginia

Lower Shamokin Falls in Nelson County, Virginia The 1.8 mile trail to Lower Shamokin Falls is one of our favorites, ...
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Overall Run Falls Overlook

Overall Run Falls in Virginia

Overall Run Falls in Shenandoah National Park - Warren County At 93 feet, Overall Run Falls is the highest in ...
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RipRap Falls

Riprap Falls in Virginia

Riprap Falls in Shenandoah National Park - Augusta County, Virginia Looking for a long, challenging hike with waterfalls, swimming holes, ...
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Lace Falls

Lace Falls in Virginia

Lace Falls in Natural Bridge State Park - Rockbridge County Lace Falls is a wonderful surprise at the end of ...
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Falling Spring Falls

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 ...
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Dark Hollow Falls

Dark Hollow Falls in Virginia

Dark Hollow Falls in Shenandoah National Park - Madison County Dark Hollow Falls is one of the shortest waterfall trails ...
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Overstreet Creek Falls - Virginia

Overstreet Creek Falls in Virginia

Overstreet Creek Falls is a pretty roadside waterfall just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Bedford County, Virginia. It is ...
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Logan Creek Falls

Logan Creek Falls in Virginia

Logan Creek Falls in Washington County, Virginia Logan Creek Falls is surprisingly large for a road-side waterfall! And with very ...
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Falls of Dry Run #7

Falls of Dry Run Creek in Virginia

Falls of Dry Run Creek in Shenandoah National Park (Rockingham County) I challenge all hardcore hikers to go and see ...
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Nottoway Falls

Nottoway Falls in Virginia

Nottoway Falls in Lunenburg County One would not expect to see waterfalls in the Piedmont Region of Virginia, but the ...
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Doyles River Falls #1

Falls of the Doyles River in Virginia

Doyles River Falls in Shenandoah National Park (Albermarle County) Doyles River Falls (there are two waterfalls to be exact), is ...
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Rowlands Creek Falls

Rowlands Creek Falls in Virginia

Rowlands Creek Falls in Smyth County, Virginia. If you are looking for a semi-challenging hike to a remote waterfall then ...
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Lower Cabin Creek Falls

Waterfalls of Grayson Highlands State Park in Virginia

Lower Cabin Creek and Wilson Creek Waterfalls Grayson Highlands State Park in Grayson County is home to at least 3 ...
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Powerhouse Falls

Powerhouse (Peach Bottom) Falls in Virginia

Powerhouse (Peach Bottom) Falls in Grayson County, Virginia Powerhouse Falls in Grayson County, near the town of Independence, is really ...
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Little Devils Stairs Falls

Little Devils Stairs Falls in Virginia

Little Devils Stairs Falls in Shenandoah National Park Little Devils Stairs Falls in Shenandoah National Park is easy to reach ...
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Falls of Naked Creek 2

Falls of Naked Creek in Virginia

Falls of Naked Creek in Shenandoah National Park - Page County The East Branch of Naked Creek is a waterfall-rich ...
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Whiteoak Canyon Falls #6

Falls of Whiteoak Canyon in Virginia

Falls of Whiteoak Canyon in Shenandoah National Park - Madison County The Falls of Whiteoak Canyon is Virginia's TOP WATERFALL ...
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Falls of Big Creek 3

Falls of Big Creek in Virginia

Falls of Big Creek in Shenandoah National Park - Page County The amazing Falls of Big Creek are no longer ...
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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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Falls on Cabin Creek

Falls on Cabin Creek in Virginia

Falls on Cabin Creek in Washington County, Virginia The Falls on Cabin Creek is a scenic roadside waterfall (actually a ...
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