Crabtree Falls

11581 Crabtree Falls Highway, Montebello, VA 24464

(800) 282-8223


Visitors to Crabtree Falls are in for a spectacular sight as they begin their hike at the bottom of Crabtree Falls. Plunging in a series of waterfalls for 1200 feet, Crabtree Falls is the highest waterfall east of the Mississippi River. The switchback trail and conveniently placed benches allow visitors to enjoy the sights and sounds of cascading water along the way.

The first overlook is an easy 700 feet from where the well-marked trail begins. The more adventuresome hiker may continue to the other overlooks, to Crabtree Meadows where the trail ends, or to the Appalachian Trail just one half mile beyond Crabtree Meadows. In winter and spring, when the water is high, the falls are at their liveliest, but in autumn the stunning foliage enhances the view.

The hike is 3 miles one way. Wear hiking boots or comfortable shoes with good treads. During the winter, the trail may be covered with ice and should be traveled with extreme caution. Trail open dawn to dusk. The United States Forest Service owns the land; a recently expanded parking lot has eased congestion on hot summer days. Pets welcome on a leash. No admission.



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