Apple Orchard Falls Trail

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Apple Orchard Falls Trail is a 2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bedford, Virginia that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
941 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

Directions from Glasgow, VA: Head south on the Blue Ridge Parkway for about 15 miles to Sunset Fields Overlook, milepost 78. Trailhead is in the parking area.

4 months ago

This is a great half day Trail if you go to the falls down and back. The falls are wonderful and the deck at the base is a nice feature. We went on another mile past the falls before returning back out. Trek back out is moderate and uphill the whole way so dig deep. But it is worth the effort.

6 months ago

Tough climb back up but worth it

6 months ago

A bit much for young kids

7 months ago

Love this trail. Have hiked about 5 times so far. A favorite. Easier each time. Totally worth it.

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7 months ago

Great hike to waterfall and pretty quick. Gets busy during midday. We brought our dog and wish we would have gone earlier in the day to avoid the people.

8 months ago

This was the most beautiful hike I've ever done! The waterfall at the end of the trail is breathtaking. I would strongly recommend this hike.

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8 months ago

This hike was quick and pleasant. The downhill to the falls was relaxing. The falls themselves, though small, were very unique. I went in the summertime and the entire trail was lush and green. Though the uphill on the way back was a bit difficult, it is not far. The trail was well-maintained, and I never felt like I was going to slip on the way up or down.

9 months ago

Short hike from Blue Ridge Parkway of approximately one mile. Pretty steep coming back up if you are not in great shape but otherwise very clean and beautiful. It is a small waterfall cascading over small boulders.

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9 months ago

My first difficult trail. Sort of by mistake. The steep trail was a definite workout. The views, falls and rock formations are beautiful

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9 months ago

Beautiful views, I also combined the hike with the adjacent Apple orchard and Cornelius trails.

9 months ago

I combined the Apple Orchard trail and Cornelius creek trail. Great hike but very tiring!

10 months ago

Difficult, steep climb on the way back but the beautiful falls make it worth every step!

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10 months ago

Beautiful trail. The trail is steady elevation change the whole way so make sure you are ready for it.

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

It's a good quick hike. Defiantly harder than I thought it would be but not to bad. The hardest part is the way back because it's all up hill.

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Saturday, December 24, 2016

I hiked on an overcast day. We did the loop. Nice hike. The trail gets a lot of activity especially between the parking lot and the falls. In the summer, there are swimming holes.

Monday, November 07, 2016

Strenuous on the way back. The water fall makes it worth it! Not a bad hike. Decent.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Worth it. Yes, strenuous on the way back out to the BRP, but worth it. Multiple beautiful falls. Depending on the time of year, mountain laurel blooming. Some areas are slippery. Some over-hanging rock formations.

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Saturday, January 02, 2016

Beautiful hike! The last 0.8 ish miles are definitely more strenuous than the whole rest of the hike, but the falls are gorgeous and make the effort worth it.

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Quite steep but fun

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