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Crabtree Falls

Crabtree Falls is the highest vertical-drop cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi River and is located in Nelson County, Virginia, just six miles off the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway near milepost 27. Crabtree Falls features a series of five major cascades and a number of smaller ones that fall a total distance of 1,200 feet. The first overlook is just a few hundred feet from the upper parking lot along a gentle, paved trail, making it an excellent stopover for travelers of all ages and abilities. The more adventuresome hiker may continue along the 2 and 1/2 mile Crabtree Falls Trail to four other overlooks offering spectacular views of the Crabtree Creek Falls and the Tye River Valley. Crabtree Falls can be reached from the Blue Ridge Parkway by travelling to milepost 27. Exit onto VA 56 going east and follow the signs to Crabtree Falls (about 6.3 miles). It is open from dawn to dusk daily. Well-behaved dogs are permitted off-leash on the trail. All other dogs should be leashed. Visit Website

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BringFido Guest Rating

Crabtree Falls has received a rating of 3.9 out of 5 bones by 8 canine critics on BringFido.

  • Shelby
    Jun. 22, 2021
    Great Hike for Active Pups!

    It’s definitely a great trail for Active pups and their owners! I do strongly recommend that you and your pup are experienced in these styles of trails though. 1.7miles up the mountain and it’s lots of stairs with little stopping room. You should keep your pup on a leash because there are lots of blind corners where you won’t see anyone till you round it. Great Views though! Not as busy on weekdays

  • Anita
    Jul. 27, 2019
    Great Trip With Fido

    Lots of dogs on this trail. We keep ours on the leash and almost all did the same. Trail is somewhat busy so was better for all that way. Bring lots of water and stay on the trail. It is steep - you are going to the top of the summit. Gorgeous view and resting area at the top on rocks by the water (or in if you choose!) and easier to go back down. Took an hour to too much less down. Enjoy! Gave 4 because Fido really can’t run too much on his own.

  • Sara
    More than a year ago
    Great workout

    The views were spectacular. The first stop was a fairly easy walk. The rest was pretty steep. At check-in, though, be prepared for a $3.00 per person use fee. Worth visiting.

  • Jay
    More than a year ago
    packed visit

    The place was packed. people and dogs everywere. No opertunity to take mine off leash so made it a very stressfull experence

  • CockerLover
    More than a year ago

    Love the hike as do my pups. It is usually an all day ordeal so pack plenty of water and wear comfy shoes. DO NOT go off of the path. There have been MANY deaths becaues people don't follow the rules and climb on the waterfall itself. Play it smart.

  • Ed Rhett
    More than a year ago
    Crabtree Falls, VA

    Uphill hike to many separate falls - need camera and lots of time. Great place, beautiful falls, need to be careful. You will love it! NEED WATER IN THE STREAM!

  • Dave
    More than a year ago
    Crabtree Falls

    A nice little day hike but really nothing special. Unfortunately when we got there we discovered that ALL dogs had to be on leash. Would have been nice to know that before driving over 2 hours to get there.

  • Marie
    More than a year ago
    rugged and beautiful

    the drive to crabtree is beautiful and the drive and hike is challenging! A great time for off-roaders and dog lovers!

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