Appalachian Trail
Blue Ridge Parkway
Crabtree Falls
Loops & Trails
Parks & Preserves

Crabtree Falls, the highest vertical-drop cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi River, is a popular attraction located in Nelson County, 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 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 3-mile trail to four other overlooks offering spectacular views of the Crabtree Creek Falls and lovely vistas of the Tye River Valley. From the upper falls, the trail follows the creek another 1.2 miles to the Crabtree Meadows. Open dawn to dusk. Parking lot with daily parking fee per vehicle.

Please stay on trail – rocks are slippery. All dogs must be leashed.


From US Route 29, take Route 56 west at Colleen.
Follow Rt. 56 for approximately 20 miles to 11581 Crabtree Falls Highway, Montebello, VA.
From the Blue Ridge Parkway (Milepost 27) take Rt. 56 east for 6.3 miles to Crabtree Falls.
(GPS often does not work in this area)