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Explore Falling Spring Falls in the Alleghany Highlands

Hot Springs, Virginia

based on 13 reviews


Added by Sarah Giek

This popular overlook reveals an 80 foot waterfall in the middle of the Alleghany Highlands.

Just nine miles north of I-64, this viewpoint is not one to be missed if you’re in the area. According to the information post at the overlook, “The site was once visited by [Thomas] Jefferson to survey the falls and he mentions it in his manuscripts ‘Notes on the State of Virginia’ written in 1781, ‘The only remarkable cascade in this country is that of the Falling Spring in Augusta…it falls over a rock 200 feet into the valley below.’” Jefferson’s estimation of the height of the falls was off, but his description was otherwise spot-on.

In the past this spot has been a popular destination for cooling off in the summer months; however, a sign was recently posted warning visitors against accessing the trails to the falls beyond the fence.  Trespassing could result in a citation and a fine, so it's best to leave your suit at home and enjoy the views from the overlook.  You can also pack a lunch and enjoy the renovated picnic area.  

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Great view. Just stopped by the overlook, but one of the more impressive waterfalls I’ve seen on the east coast!

I found a couple swimming holes after the falls which were not off limits. The best view is definitely from the main overlook!

The article states: "Jefferson’s estimation of the height of the falls was off...." which would seem logical looking at the falls now. But, Jefferson, amongst his many talents, was a trained surveyor. What is one to make of the over 100' difference in height. Answer? Because of mining operations, the falls, which once were estimated up to 240' high, were re-routed to the current location They are quite pretty, but nowhere near as impressive as the old sketches.

Great swimming spots above and below the falls

This is a pretty waterfall. Not much exploring to be done if you follow the rules. There is a fence and signage prohibiting you from exploring the area beyond the lookout point.

It’s a view only waterfall, hiking or swimming in it is illegal.

This gorgeous waterfall is easy to get to, as the overlook is right on the side of the road. Lots of parking, a few picnic tables, a history marker, and an overlook to walk out to. There is a large fence around the entire area, and walking on the trails and swimming in the pools around the waterfall is prohibited. This one is just for the view!

After nearly a week of rain the falls were roaring. At the bottom there was no hope getting my camera out as the spray soaked everything. Was still able to check out some of it, very cool to see the cavework behind the waterfall. Will definitely need to go back in drier weather to try and photograph it from the bottom.

This is a very beautiful waterfall and one of my favorite in Virginia. There are also some great swimming holes at the base of the falls. Because it is right off of HWY 220 it is very popular.

I was passing through and had an hour to kill. Outbound brought this place up- so glad it did! Arrived just at sunset and my jaw just dropped! An amazing view, incomparable!!

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