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Crabtree Falls

Crabtree Falls is about 1 hour from Lynchburg and is arguably the most beautiful waterfall in Virginia.  It is the tallest waterfall east of the Mississippi and is a must see.  The falls were named after William Crabtree who settled in the area in 1777.  The hike to the top of the falls will take about 3-4 hours and the return trip down will take about half that time.  There is parking at the bottom of the falls for about 20 cars and the last time we hiked it there was a parking fee of $7.00 (take cash or check and a pen to deposit the fee in box and mark which space you are parked in-honor system).  There are restrooms at the bottom of the falls.    During the hike you will be climbing almost 1400 feet in elevation.  Most of the trail is along the falls although there are a number of switch backs.  Wear a good pair of hiking boots and socks and take lots of water with you as there are no concessions stands to buy water.  Take your camera, the scenery is beautiful!  Since we have lived in Lynchburg several people have died when climbing on the rocks in the falls so we advise our guests to stay on the trails.  The hike is moderate difficulty.   This is a good way to burn lots of calories.  According to a calorie calculator you will burn 1500 calories so don’t worry about eating too much at breakfast!

To reach the falls from The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast (directions from Mapquest):

  • Take the D Street Bridge    Go .2 miles
  • Turn Left onto Rivermont Ave    Go .3 miles
  • Turn Left onto 5th Street (changes to VA 163)    Go 1.1 miles
  • Turn Right onto VA 210 (at light)    Go 3.1 miles
  • Turn Left onto US-29 (don’t take US 29 business)    G0 16.2 miles
  • Turn Left onto VA-151 (Patrick Henry Highway)    Go 10.6 miles
  • Turn Left onto Crabtree Falls Highway (VA-56)    Go 14.5 miles
  • Follow signs to parking area

Baby snake sunning itself on a rock

 

Small falls

 

Kathy, your innkeeper, enjoying the sound of the water!