Crabtree Falls to Priest Shelter

MODERATE 5 reviews

Crabtree Falls to Priest Shelter is a 9.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Nash, Virginia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
9.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3658 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

scramble

Park at the Crabtree falls parking lot. Hike to the top of the trail via the only route. Continue past the falls to the top parking lot. Turn left onto Meadows Lane until reaching the Appalachian Trail. Turn left onto the trail and continue until the trail splits. Stay left to continue on to the summit. The true summit is actually covered by trees, but the rock outcropping on the left is the main attraction with 180 degree views of the valley and adjacent mountains.

hiking
3 months ago

backpacking
5 months ago

Had lunch at the Priest Overlook-gorgeous views! Had the place to myself

5 months ago

backpacking
5 months ago

This was my very first overnight backpacking trip and it is still one of my favorite spots in Virginia. I highly recommend parking at the crabtree meadows parking lot if you have a vehicle with 4 wheel drive. there is a little stream behind the shelter perfect for refilling your water supply. if you get the chance to snag one of the few camping spots at the overlook consider yourself lucky and wake up in time to catch the sunrise. you won't regret it!

hiking
Saturday, October 19, 2013