Mountain Majesty: Panoramic Views & Waterfalls

by Casey Higgins | Posted: Sep 5, 2012

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Sometimes the journey is better than the destination, but in this case, the destination is totally worth the effort of the journey.

This past spring we asked our Facebook and Twitter followers for their favorite hikes. Last fall we told you where to hike in for beautiful waterfalls amid the foliage. This fall, we marry the two lists and show you where to go for great hikes with views AND waterfalls.

Crabtree Falls

Crabtree Falls

Crabtree Falls is actually a 1,200′ cascade – the highest vertical-drop cascade east of the Mississippi River. The lower falls is accessible to elderly and differently abled sightseers, making it an enjoyable outdoor experience for all. Over the course of the three-mile trail past the lower falls is a series of five major cascades and smaller ones. Access the trail from a fee-based lot at 11581 Crabtree Falls Highway, Montebello, VA 24464. And the view? Get a good glimpse from the top of the trail, or you can enjoy it from Crabtree Falls Highway up to/down from the Blue Ridge Parkway.