Easter Vacation – Day 2 of 5: Crabtree Falls
Bob and I spent three nights (April 17-20) in Waynesboro, Virginia. Waynesboro is located near where the Skyline Drive ends and the Blue Ridge Parkway begins. Our original plan was to stay in Waynesboro for four nights, but we departed a day early. I will explain why we left Waynesboro a day early in a future blog post.
The highlights on Day 2 (April 18) of our Easter vacation included seeing two waterfalls and driving the Blue Ridge Parkway. This blog post provides photographs and details of the first waterfall that we saw — Crabtree Falls.
Crabtree Falls is located only 6 miles east of the Blue Ridge Parkway near milepost 27.
We reached Crabtree Falls via Routes 340 and 11, passing through Stuarts Draft, Greenville and Steeles Tavern. Upon reaching Steeles Tavern, we turned east on Route 56. The road is curvy and fully follows the contours of the mountains. We crossed over the Blue Ridge Parkway and continued climbing, twisting and turning until we finally descended at the entrance to Crabtree Falls.
There are two parking lots at Crabtree Falls — a lower parking lot and an upper parking lot. We parked in the lower parking lot. The lower parking lot is near a footbridge.
We walked from the lower parking lot to the upper parking lot. The first waterfall overlook is just a few hundred feet from the upper parking lot.
Crabtree Falls is the highest vertical-drop cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi. It features a series of five major cascades and a number of smaller ones that fall a total distance of 1,200 feet.
We hiked to a couple other overlooks.
We hiked 0.3 miles. We opted not to hike to the top of the falls, which would have been another 1.7 miles.
We spent about 1 1/2 hours at Crabtree Falls. From Crabtree Falls we made our way back up Route 56 to the Blue Ridge Parkway. We entered the Parkway at Milepost 27 ( Tye River Gap) and headed south. My next blog post will provide photographs and details of our drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway.