Hike to Crabtree Falls

2.4 Miles Round Trip - 450 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Crabtree Meadows Campground - Search Nearby - Added by Elyse Clark

Hike to an easily accessible 70' waterfall just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. 

Starting from the old store parking area at MP 339.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, follow the trail through a meadow past the campground amphitheater. After crossing the paved road to the campground, the trail will come to a T-intersection. Take the trail to the right for the shortest way to the falls. 

The trail will descend steeply with a couple of switchbacks and some constructed stone steps. Soon you will begin to hear the roar of the falls. At the base of the falls there is a bridge crossing the river and some rocks to sit on. 

Once done exploring the falls, simply retrace your steps and follow the steep trail back up to the parking area. 

**This hike can also be done as a loop if you cross the bridge and continue on the trail. It is 1.6 miles from the falls back to the "T-intersection" described above. If you take the loop, then turn right back at the T to return to the old store parking lot. 

Campground info: https://www.nps.gov/blri/plany...

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Fitness
Chillin
Camping
Photography
Hiking
Easy Parking
Forest
River
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers
Wildlife

Details

2.4 Miles
450 ft elevation gain
Out-and-Back Trail

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Spectacular Falls!!

Me and my family did this hike on a warm day in January and it was splendid. The trailhead is clearly marked and we had no problem finding the trail even during the off season. The trail was well maintained with moderate terrain. We did the loop counter clockwise which made the descent down to the falls short and steep, but easy. The falls is beautiful, and worth every step. The pictures really don't do it justice. The trail immediately following the falls was very steep but it shortly leveled out and made for a peaceful walk along the stream back to the camp ground.