Explore Falling Spring Falls in the Alleghany Highlands

Virginia Falling Spring Falls

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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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  • Lunch to enjoy at the picnic tables
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3 months ago

Incredible Waterfall

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.

3 months ago

3 months ago

Beautiful Waterfall

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.

3 months ago

7 months ago

Absolutely Breathtaking

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!!

7 months ago

11 months ago

Unscrupulous practices

This is a beautiful landmark that is a drive-up overlook. There is no hike here, but plenty of trails in the area to enjoy. I continue to find blogs and comments encouraging abuse of the lands and landmarks we enjoy. The walk to the bottom of the falls is blocked by a fence and posted with a "no trespassing sign". The actions of the entitled will inevitably restrict us all from enjoying public treasures if we do not call bullshit and lead by example.

11 months ago

about 1 year ago

Falling Springs Falls Is Amazing!

Superb waterfall in a very remote part of VA. Views from the roadside and at the base of the falls are very different. It almost looks like two different waterfalls! Definitely be aware of the slippery rocks on your way down. I highly recommend this adventure for the view and solitude.

about 1 year ago

about 1 year ago


One of Virginia's most beautiful falls in my opinion, and super accessible! Very different than the mountain waterfalls typical to the area.

about 1 year ago

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