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5 Virginia Waterfalls to Chase This Winter

The Best of Virginia's Winter Waterfalls You Won't Want to Miss

By: Ashley Barlow + Save to a List

Winter time is by far my favorite season to chase waterfalls. Why is this you may ask? Visiting during the off season makes the trails more deserted so you're more likely to have these magical waterfalls all to yourself! Not only that, depending when you visit, you may find sections of these waterfalls frozen over. You won't get this in the Spring, Summer, or Fall. So grab your parka and prepare to be amazed by the best of Virginia's winter waterfalls!

1. Falling Spring Falls

Photo: Ashley Barlow

Falling Spring Falls is an astonishing 80 foot (24.4m) waterfall and one of the most photographed and visited spots in the Allegheny Highlands. The convenience of the waterfall being located just right off the main road and picturesque views make it one of my favorite waterfalls in the state of Virginia. Learn more.

2. Cascade Falls

Photo: Ashley Barlow

Cascade Falls is located within the Jefferson National Forest with a stunning height of 66 feet (20.1m). Located in Pembroke, this 4 mile round trip hike offers a scenic up stream hike to one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Virginia. Learn more.

3. Crabtree Falls

Photo: Ashley Barlow

Crabtree Falls is located in the George Washington National Forest and is known for being one of the tallest sets of waterfalls in the United States East of the Mississippi River. This waterfall features a set of five different cascading waterfalls with the tallest one being 400 feet (120m)! The combined height of the waterfalls is around 1,200 feet (370m)! Learn more.

4. Roaring Run Falls

Photo: Ashley Barlow

Roaring Run Falls is located in the Roaring Run Recreational Area in the George Washington National Forest. This waterfall features a natural water slide (which I don't recommend in the winter!). It is also a short nature hike at only 1.5 miles round trip. Learn more.

5. Stubblefield Falls at Scotts Run Nature Preserve

     Photo: Ashley Barlow

Scott's Run Nature Preserve features the closest waterfall in the DC area. The stream spills into the Potomac River forming Stubblefield Falls. This make for a quick waterfall chase to escape the bustling metropolis of DC.  Learn more.

Are there any other Virginia waterfalls you love? I'd love to hear about them below!

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