Virginia March 26, 2015
These 19 Virginia Waterfalls Are Absolutely Breathtaking
You know that scene in all of the romance movies. The one where Boy sees Girl standing under a waterfall. Boy immediately falls in love with Girl. Girl acts surprised to see Boy. She doesn’t even like Boy. But suddenly Boy doesn’t seem so bad. Cue 45 minutes of playful splashing and soulful swimming while Norah Jones sings in the background. Why? Because waterfalls are just that good.
Whether they appear at the end of a long hike, decorate a park setting or simply catch you by surprise on the roadside, there’s just something magical about a waterfall. These waterfalls in Virginia are no exception. You may be familiar with some of them and others may be a new discovery. Either way, these are 19 of the most beautiful we’ve seen and they’re all right here in our own backyard.
1. Abrams Falls, Leonard
So maybe these rushing falls aren't the ones you want to be standing under for your next romance scene, but they sure do make for a phenomenal view.
2. Apple Orchard Falls, Botetourt County
The only thing missing from Apple Orchard Falls is Gandalf. And some hobbits. And maybe an elf. But otherwise, these fairytale falls are as close to perfect as it gets.
3. Crabtree Falls, Nelson County
These falls are considered to be the highest east of the Mississippi and among the most beautiful in Virginia. The trail to Crabtree Falls is also one of our favorite hikes in Virginia.
4. Falling Springs Waterfall, Covington
These awe-inspiring falls have an interesting history. Thomas Jefferson first wrote about them in the 1700s, recording that they were over 200' high. Today, they are 80' after being moved by a fertilizer company to mine fertilizer. But those 80' are still amazing to see and make for an impressive view even from the road.
5. "Little" Stoney Creek Falls, Scott County
These falls look almost too perfect to be real.
6. "Big" Stoney Creek Falls, Scott County
The "Little" Falls big brother and the last of three Stoney Creek falls. Impressive to be sure.
7. Cabin Creek Trail Falls, Grayson Highlands State Park, Mouth of Wilson
These segmented falls sit atop Whitetop Mountain at the end of a fairly easy hike along Cabin Creek.
8. Dark Hollow Falls, Stanley
Not only are these falls breathtakingly beautiful, they are just off the Skyline Drive, making them accessible for everyone.
9. Great Falls, McLean, Virignia
Located just outside of Washintgton, D.C., Great Falls is an oasis in an urban desert. It's also one of our favorite sites in Virginia.
10. Natural Bridge Falls, Natural Bridge
Natural Bridge just can't get it wrong. Not only is the bridge one of the wonders of the world, waterfalls like this one add to the natural splendor.
11. Whiteoak Canyon Falls, Luray, Virginia
This beautiful waterfall is one of many along the White Oak Canyon, and arguably one of the most beautiful.
12. Big Tumbling Creek Falls, Clinch Mountain
Rushing down what looks like a giant set of stairs, The Tumbling Creek Falls are also a popular site for trout fishing.
13. Cascades, Giles County
Waterfalls, swimming holes and beautiful hiking -- look no further than the Cascades Trail in Pembroke. You'll see why it's also one of our favorite Virginia hikes.
14. Straight Branch Falls, Virginia Creeper Trail, Washington County
Just off of Highway 58, Straight Branch Falls is popular with geocachers, photographers and anyone who enjoys a stunning view.
15. Upper Falls at Doyle's River, Waynesboro
Water slide anyone? Tell me that doesn't look tempting...
16. Mock Mills Falls, Damascus
People may have assisted in creating this waterfall (it's at the site of an old grist mill), but that doesn't diminish the beauty of the falls or their surroundings.
17. Falls at Fairystone State Park, Stuart
A park that has a legend about fairies AND a waterfall? Yep. I'll take it.
18. Japanese Garden Falls at Maymont Park, Richmond
Yes, I know. The 45-foot waterfall at Maymont is mandmade, but it's just so PRETTY. Set in the manicured beauty of the Japanese Gardens at Maymont Park, this waterfall belongs right where it is.
19. Rose River Falls, Syria
With a number of various-sized waterfalls along its path, including this beauty, the Rose River doesn't disappoint.
Waterfalls can be romantic, chaotic, loud or peaceful – sometimes they are all of these things at once. But no matter how big or small, there’s no denying their beauty. We would love to hear about some of your favorite Virginia waterfalls. Take a minute to let us know in the comments below.