Virginia February 11, 2017
Here’s The Perfect Weekend Itinerary If You Love Exploring Virginia’s Waterfalls
Weekends are a wonderful time to take advantage of all that Virginia has to offer. With that in mind, we’ve crafted a special weekend for those who love Virginia’s outdoors, particularly the exquisite waterfalls. This itinerary includes hikes, site-seeing, restaurants, and beautiful accommodations. So pack your bags and get ready for some serious waterfall chasin’!
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1. The waterfall at Maymont (Richmond)
Our adventure begins with Richmond's gorgeous park, Maymont. Located in the Japanese Garden, this man-made waterfall is positively breathtaking. It drops 45 feet and is supplied by the Kanawha Canal. For more information on this history of this attraction,
2. Lamplighter Roasting Coffee (Richmond)
Just a mile away from Maymont is one of Richmond's most beloved coffee shops. If you want to grab a coffee and a delicious breakfast before heading out on the rest of your road trip, this is the spot. This little stop may not be waterfall themed, but it sure is delicious! Photographed above is an artful latte and the Lox.
3. Crabtree Falls (Montebello)
Crabtree Falls is an absolute must for any waterfall enthusiast. Not only is this waterfall easily accessible (the parking lot is located just a few hundred feet from the base), but it also happens to be the tallest series of cascading falls east of the Mississippi. You can either admire this beauty from the base or enjoy the trail that meanders alongside the falls. Just be sure to stay on the marked pathway as the rocks can be fatally slippery.
4. Falling Spring Falls (Covington)
This extravagant, 80-foot waterfall may just take your breath away. Tucked away in the Alleghany Highlands, these falls can be accessed from Route 220 and are just 5 miles outside of Covington. This scenic spot is visible from the highway, so hiking is not required.
5. The Waterwheel Restaurant (Warm Springs)
After a full day of exploring and hiking, you'll want a place to rest and enjoy a delectable meal. Fortunately, the Inn at Gristmill Square is just a short drive from the previous destination and can offer both. The accommodations here are notoriously charming, and the Waterwheel Restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy a local catch (or burger) and talk about all you've seen that day.
6. Overall Run Falls
Overall Run Falls, located in the northern section of Shenandoah National Park, is the tallest fall in the park. This 93-foot-long cascade is an extraordinary site which offers beautiful views of both the Shenandoah Valley and Massanutten Mountain. You can access the falls at mile 21.1 along the Drive and can make an afternoon out of the 3-mile hike that takes you to the falls.
Side note: for anyone looking to include a little camping in this weekend itinerary, Matthews Arm Campground is the closest to this particular waterfall. Either way, be sure to allot plenty of time to take advantage of this gorgeous landscape.
7. 2941 Restaurant (Falls Church)
This seventh and final destination on your waterfall road trip combines the best of both worlds: waterfalls and delicious food. 2941 Restaurant in Falls Church is set amidst a gorgeous display of urban gardens and waterfalls. It's a great spot for a late lunch or dinner, depending on when you finish up the drive.
And don't forget dessert! It's the perfect way to celebrate your completion of the trip.
What do you think about this waterfall road trip through Virginia? Is it something you’d try? We’d love to hear your thoughts!