Eight Virginia Waterfalls for Your Fall Weekends

by Casey Higgins | Posted: Oct 7, 2013 | Updated: Apr 17, 2018

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Updated: August 17, 2015

Waterfalls are awesome any time, but during the fall season, they show off with reflections of orange and red. Light up your fall leaf peeping!

In Millboro, Douthat State Park is home to the Blue Suck Falls Trail, a three-mile moderate to difficult hike that includes a nice waterfall. One hiker proclaims, “Your long climb up the Blue Suck Falls is rewarded by one glorious vista after another.” Download the Trail Map

Falling Spring in Alleghany County is visible from the road, and an overlook provides information and a great view for photos. The spring waters keep this fall going year ’round, and its 80-foot drop is quite spectacular.

Falling Spring

Falling Spring

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If you enjoy fall camping, reserve a space at Shenandoah Valley Campground in Verona before they close for the season in early November. They have their own waterfall that pours into Middle River – a summer destination for tubing.

Grayson Highlands State Park in Mouth of Wilson has a waterfall along the Cabin Creek Trail. It’s a 1.8-mile hike  from the Massie Gap area of the park. Download the Trail Map

The Blue Ridge Parkway has its share of waterfalls. Try these two in Virginia.

1. Apple Orchard Falls is accessed from MP 78.4 at Sunset Fields Overlook, just north of Peaks of Otter. The trail is considered strenuous at a steep 1.4 miles downhill hike (uphill on the way back!), but the 200′ falls are calling …

2. Fallingwater Cascades can be accessed from MP 83.1 and is a moderate 1.6-mile out-and-back trail. It’s also designated a National Recreation Trail – a designation given to existing trails that contribute to health, conservation, and recreation goals in the United States.

Fallingwater Cascades Hiking Trail

Fallingwater Cascades

Crabtree Falls is a 1,200′ cascade and 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.

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Crabtree Falls Trail

Crabtree Falls

In the same vicinity of Crabtree Falls is the Campbell’s Creek Waterfall on the Mau-Har Trail. A hand-built swinging bridge delivers you across the Tye River, where the 1.5-mile hike will yield the 40′ waterfall. From Route 56 at Crabtree Falls, drive east for 3-4 miles; watch for the Appalachian Trail crossing and a parking lot on the left.


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Raisa Leao

There are also these fantastic waterfalls and pools to swim in Shenandoah National Park:


And the ones in White Oak Canyon (also in Shenandoah) are great too:


I agree with Giorgio, be very careful with the slippery algae. My friend fell and hit his head with a rock, it’s no joke.

Apart from that, falls are always very enjoyable.

Giorgio Carta
Giorgio Carta

It is irresponsible to show a photograph of a person standing on a rock so close to the flowing water. Many people have been injured and a substantial number have died after falling on very slippery waterfall rocks. Sadly, many people have died in this manner at Crabtree Fall. The photograph right above certainly gives the wrong impression.

Shirley @ gfe & All Gluten-Free Desserts

I love all the gorgeous falls we have in Virginia but have to add a recommendation and note of caution to this article. With all the deaths of folks on falls in recent years, it’s not a good idea to share a photo showing someone on the falls themselves as you have on Fallingwater Cascades. Individuals are supposed to view from a safe distance on a trail or viewing area. They’re not supposed to be on the falls.


What about st Mary’s

Michael Clark

I grew up in Covington, Va. As a teenager we use to go to falling springs to swim and fish. Great cheap place to have a vacation

Kathleen Carlton
Kathleen Carlton

Need to add White Oak Canyon Falls on the Shenandoah National Park near Luray, Va. Nice hike, beautiful falls and can go swimming there in the summer.


Such beauty here in America just love it. Wish I could be there to see it. Deborah


Wish i could be there with you. I love water falls, too.

Brenda Remen

Wow. Beautiful. And so close to home.

Joy Gibson

I love waterfalls would love to see all of this