Explore the most popular Waterfall trails in George Washington and Jefferson National Forests with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

By far my favorite hike in the area! Can’t beat the view!!

hiking
15 days ago

Beautiful, well maintained trail. Not too busy on a weekday. Shaded the entire way.

hiking
blowdown
bugs
rocky
16 days ago

Would be great if the falls had more water. But all in all great hike

Great hike! Very well maintained

hiking
18 days ago

Well manicured trail. Several sets of stairs. Lots of places to stop for various views.

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muddy
18 days ago

This was absolutely amazing. I’m only giving it 4 stars due to the crowded conditions. It’s a little hard to enjoy something so beautiful with so many screaming people. That being said, we totally went on a holiday weekend. *face palm*. Our kids loved it and even got one to jump off a smaller cliff. Our two golden retrievers have never been happier to just be able to run and swim in icy cold water. The trail itself was a bit muddy in some spots. But wicked easy to navigate.

hiking
19 days ago

Awesome hike! Super short and easy, but great for a hot day when you want to see some water!

on Fridley Gap Trail

hiking
20 days ago

we actually parked further up, did a total of 7+miles and took a little detour and decided to follow ribbons that cut thru the middle of the actual trail that followed creek. always nice making your own way sometimes.

Great trail with senic waterfalls .. quite narrow, found really difficult to manage the dog along. So I would not recommend dog walking on this trial. It's quite heavily trafficed so another reason to keep the dog away.. They wouldn't enjoy as much as we would! Beautiful party of the country and oh yes please remember to pay 3$ towards parking.. you need to use the red envelope that's at the entrance of the parking as well as the entrance of the trail.

hiking
20 days ago

This was a great trail but it was every bit of 14.5 miles. We went down the Mau Hau trail at the crossing since it was too early and foggy to see the overlooks. It turned out to be the correct decision because what little bit of waterfalls still existed were beautiful. After a heavy rain or steady rain they would be much more exciting. Of note, on the Mau Har trail as we were making our way back up the mountain, there were some ground bees that got one person in our party and other hikers. It was a couple miles from the intersection with the AT on a sharp bend. On the AT, there was another section with ground bees that was marked with a sign going southbound and a plastic bottle on top of the nest. We stopped at all of the overlooks and took a couple of ten minute breaks and finished in 7hrs and some. Definitely a lot of fun! Lots of climbing :)

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bugs
over grown
rocky
scramble
22 days ago

Not an exciting hike by any means. No real sights to see and extremely rocky. Another downside is walking on a fire road two separate times. It can also get a little confusing the midway point on which direction to take due to all the side trails for the camping sites. Three stars for the workout.

$3 free per car. Well traveled. Two hours up but only 30 minutes back skipping all the views. Beautiful weather.

Awesome moderate trail! No GPS or cell service but the trail is very easy to follow. $3 entrance fee. Very shaded and rocky climb. Easy parking with restroom and picnic tables.

nice trail, maybe a bit too organised and too busy on the day we went.

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over grown
28 days ago

hiking
28 days ago

One of our favorite trails. We took our 2 kids and 2 dogs. Had a couple of spots where the dogs got to play in the water. We went when it had rained the night before and was drizzling that day but was worth all of the beautiful views of the waterfalls and view from the top.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice to walk. Well maintained. The waterfall is at the bottom. Beautiful point of view on the mountains arrived at the top.

A nice loop! This time of year, no huge views or much water flowing, but still nice little falls. Well maintained, and not too much climbing or drops

Easy hike with splendid view of falls

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bugs
over grown
1 month ago

Fun trail! Not the big waterfall we were hoping for but still a fun hike! Took about two hours to do the whole loop. Definitely recommend starting on the Slack trail portion first so you’re hiking down to the waterfall instead of up. Loads of bugs!

hiking
1 month ago

I had no trouble finding the Falls thanks to a few people on here that left good advice. I have COPD and I am 67 years old yet I could navigate down the trail just fine although the climb back up was a little steep I could still do it ok. there were adults as well as children down there and everybody seemed to be having a blast and I enjoyed watching them as well. the next time I go I plan to join in on the swimming.

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rocky
1 month ago

Trail is was pretty as you follow Crabtree falls from base to top. The falls are not just one set but rather a bunch of cascading falls from start of hike to 1.7 miles up. After the last view of falls which has a post you can continue to an outlook which has a decent enough view. It’s not much further from the last falls. That path is well kept and for the waterfall portion is mostly real stairs and the first 500 feet is paved. After the 1st 500 feet you start up multiple steep switchbacks. After the full set of waterfalls you have rocky terrain or loose rock and dirt and rock stairs to the outlook. I found the hike strenuous as it was steep the whole way up. My husband carried our 25lb baby up in a hiking backpack fine for how steep it was. It was still safe though. This trail is also not secluded. We arrived at 12 noon on a Monday and regularly encountered other people. It wasn’t crowded, but you didn’t really feel all alone at any point.

Absolutely beautiful with steep climb. Highly recommend.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful the entire way.

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