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Hike to Stiles Falls

Shawsville, Virginia

based on 12 reviews



3 miles

Elevation Gain

500 ft

Route Type



Added by Geo Min

After a 1.5 mile hike, see a beautiful 60-foot waterfall in Floyd County

Park at the Alta Mons camp parking lot, and start walking the gravel road. There will be signs throughout the trail that lead to the waterfall. Continue down the trail for 1.5 miles. Look out for the white trail markers that indicate the Stiles Falls trail.

After 1.5 miles, you will reach the waterfall! Enjoy the view of a 60-foot waterfall. To return, follow the trail back to the parking lot.

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Hike to Stiles Falls Reviews

We hit this on a Sunday morning in November. It was about 45 degrees and and leaves had fallen. We had the trail to ourselves. It was a nice gentle hike at first ending in a few steep climbs but nothing some 50 yr olds couldn't handle. The falls were beautiful and we were able to photograph the sun rising in the apex of the falls. Overall a great beginner hike.

This is not a very long hike but it provides some wonderful scenery. The leaves in the fall are beautiful and the waterfall is wonderful. Sat beside it for almost an hour and just enjoyed the sound of the water crashing down. Not very crowded.

Highly recommend very quiet and peaceful. It's a nice walk

Really beautiful hike, not exactly much of a mountain view anywhere but the waterfall towards the end of the trail is literally breathtaking. The trail is actually a fantastic length, it takes around 30 minutes up and a little less on the way down if you're moving at casual pace. Make sure you bring water shoes or a change of shoes, as you do have to cross water multiple times, and slipping in and having wet socks for the rest of the hike is not great.

As mentioned below, it is on private property so it can only be accessed when camps are not in session (you can check their website for the schedule). Short hike to the waterfall with multiple creek crossings so bring water shoes in the summer! Great after some good rainfall.

This waterfall is located on private property. They do allow access, but you need to sign in at the parking lot. Access is restricted when summer and winter camps are going on, so check with them before you visit. The hike is short and sweet, and the falls have a nice 40+ foot drop.

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