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Crabtree Falls Trail is a 2.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Tyro, Virginia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.8 mi Elevation gain 1,072 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

Partially paved

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Muddy

Snow

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Note: Upcoming road maintenance projects will result in temporary road closures along short sections of the parkway. Please check the park page (https://www.nps.gov/blri/planyourvisit/crabtree-falls-trail.htm) for up to date trail accessibility before visiting. The lower portion of this trail is WHEELCHAIR accessible when it isn't too wet. Parking fee $3. The trailhead is located off a marked parking lot 6 miles down State Road 56 off the Blue Ridge Parkway near milepost 27. The parking lot has a small daily fee required to park. The hike is approximately 1.5 miles up, touching 5 unique overlooks of the falls. Most of the trail is not paved, although a small section to the 1st overlook is. The earlier overlooks are easier to access, with stairs and handrails, but getting to the top is moderately difficult. At the top, you can begin the descent back down to the parking lot or continue another 1.5 miles to Crabtree Meadows.

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Michael Head
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HikingFeeMuddyScramble

I would not recommend the hike to those with mobility issues in the days after heavy rain fall. The muddy nature of the trail and the downed trees on the day I chose to hike made it a bit more of a scramble than normal. Overall, it's an incredible hike with beautiful views.

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Polly Pan
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Hiking

Beautiful hike to see the waterfalls, we went onto Appalachian Trail after we stop at the top of the falls. Well maintained but quite rocky. Gorgeous day for a hike.

Shawn K-D
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Hiking

Beautiful hike. The waterfall was simply breathtaking along the entire hike. There were even a few spots that we could stop and feel the cold mountain water. Even the large boulders along the trail offer cool and shaded spots to rest. Definitely recommend this hike!

Travis U
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Hiking

We came down to Charlottesville and didn’t have much planned but I’m glad we found out about this trail. The waterfall was very cool and the trail was pretty moderate. A little rocky in places but so fun!

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Rafael Flores
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Hiking

Good hike. Elevation makes it moderate. Multiple spots allow for some good pictures with waterfalls

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Audrey Ross
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HikingFeeMuddyRocky

We went on quite a busy day despite the rain, but it was absolutely beautiful. Quite steep in some parts, but there were all age groups on the trail.

Ryley Sevier
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HikingRocky

Beautiful and well maintained trail. Bathrooms are currently closed. 3$ park fee that's pretty clearly honor system. Built out stairs passing to rocks switchbacks with views of the waterfall on each loop back

Samantha Tatham
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Fee

Great hike but a little longer then what the app says, we did 3.4 miles round trip. It's 1.7 up and 1.7 on the way back. On the way up you get beautiful views of the falls where you can stop and get photos, and once at the top there is a beautiful scenic view of the Virginia mountains. Took us about 2 hours and there is $3.00 parking fee.

Arlene Rodriguez
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Hiking

Great trails. They get a little rocky towards the AT. Very busy after 11:00 am, so if you are looking for quiet or want to maintain a pace go early.

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Jennifer Laney-Kirkland
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Hiking

The most beautiful falls I’ve seen in all my hikes in Virginia. Heavily travelled but trail is in good shape. Totally worth the crowds; get there early!

David Voegele
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HikingRocky

We started on the Priest Shelter end. From that end to the falls it is about 1.4 miles. The way to the falls is mostly a gentle downward walk. There are lots of rocks and roots that you could trip on but it was not particularly steep. Obviously the way back was gently sloping up. The trail followed a stream. There were a few places that granted you access to the stream where you could get your feet wet. The falls themselves were pretty but there were a lot of people there when we went probably 20 or more ( July 4 weekend). From our path, we could only see the falls from the top down. It looked like it fell over the edge but you couldn’t see that from the bridges. All in all an enjoyable walk. We are not in fabulous shape so most people can do it as long as you watch your feet.

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Emily J.
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Hiking

The falls were very pretty but be warned...due to COVID there are NO bathrooms available to use. Very crowded on the narrow path so there is little social distancing possible. Very steep and hard to get your footing on some parts. Hard hike for kids with short legs. Very pretty but just be aware of there being no bathrooms. Lots of folks wore masks. Very tough to park too if crowded. Bring a pen and three dollars cash. You have to fill out the envelope you put your parking cash in. A stranger asked to borrow my pen.

Darayus Toorkey
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Kayley Turner
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HikingMuddyRocky

This trail was a fun and fairly short hike!! It is a steep incline going up but the view is WONDERFUL!! Making it all the way to the top is totally worth it and the falls are beautiful. There were many people there and everyone was so friendly.

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Karla H.
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Hiking

Very crowded, makes it difficult to social distance at certain parts. We found a great place before you get to the top of the falls to have a picnic.

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Brion Oakenshield
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Charlotte Daum
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Hiking

Great trail - very well maintained and wonderful views of the waterfall! Lots of cute kids and dogs. Less people as you went up. Kind of confused as to where all the water comes from. Nevertheless, a great hike!

Emma Burge
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HikingMuddyRockyScramble

Great trail with lovely views of the waterfall at multiple view points. The first half of the way up is basically all big stairs (warning for short people: in 5’0 and the steps were a big step down coming back down). It’s well maintained, a little muddy throughout. Definitely go early, we got there at 830 am on a Saturday which was great on the way up but we ran into a lot of people on the way down. Overall a great hike!

Jeffrey Cowan
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Hiking

The falls themselves are beautiful, with numerous spots along the way to stop and take it in. The bottom two-thirds of the trail is more like a 60-story stair climb than a hike. Even on a mid-June weekday the trail was quite busy. Just over 2 hours round trip with multiple stops.

Andy Mcnamara
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Hiking

Great trail!!

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Anthony Hiltz
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Hiking

Such a beautiful trail!

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Makaio Bartley
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Hiking

Very amazing site points along the trail

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