Explore the most popular forest trails near Marion with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Beautiful short hike to the waterfall with little boulders perfect for the kids to climb along the way. We hiked up past the falls to get a good look from up above.

Never made it to Wisemans View Rd. If you don't have four wheel drive I wouldn't try it. Got about halfway and hit a uphill spot with loose sand and gravel. My vehicle decided it was not going to make it up that hill. Had to back into a camping spot to turn around. Saw quite a few suvs and a jeep that had also turned around.

Don’t miss the climb up the Babel towel rock, about 1/3 of the way down. Spectacular views, especially in the fall.

Gorgeous falls. We've hiked all over the mountain states and this beats all those falls. A Virginia treasure.
be prepared for lots of stairs. We were hiking with our dog. He's fast, big and experienced but the steep wood steps were covered with wet leaves and slippery. we worried he might slip. We didn't get very far.
great park and great hike

Super short and easy walk through the woods for an awesome view under the falls. I went mid-week while it was raining after the tropical storm came through and the falls were beautiful. Only saw 2 other people mid-week. Highly recommend after a good rain if you’re close by or for a slight detour. The path only had a minor amount of flooding that was avoidable.

on Crabtree Falls Trail

hiking
15 days ago

Loved it. My GSD also enjoyed. Did this trail in October when the weather was cool. Falls were refreshing. Bring snacks.

Absolutely worth the hike. Pretty easy trail overall.

This place is awesome! Best view!!! You can hike all along the gorge and catch overlooks every 1/4 mile or so. No cost to get in and lightly trafficked. Road to get there is a little rough so don’t bring a little compact car like we did the first time.

Beautiful trail leading to very nice falls.

Beautiful falls! Worth the hike!

hiking
1 month ago

Ahhhhh... Back in the Appalachians. Despite my relatively high ratings of trails in (flat) Michigan and Florida, this one is qualitatively different. Superb. The system needs more than five stars so that I can nudge those others down a bit, but this is a real five-star trail. Pretty, well maintained despite its popularity, hilly, green and alive with a variety of flora and fauna, and punctuated with a lovely waterfall that’s a great place to watch people, to get wet, to picnic or hang a hammock, and to marvel at Nature’s creative paths and tableaux during her slow march forward. P.S. Remember to enjoy the drive along the Bluegrass Parkway with plenty of time for stopping at overlooks.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail, beautiful waterfall

The road is pretty gnarly right now, go slow. Really low cars might not make it through the holes and rocks. Still lots of great places to stop and camp along the way and then a beautiful scenic payoff. Very easy hike that takes less than 5 minutes.

hiking
1 month ago

nice waterfall!

backpacking
1 month ago

Parking is great and easy to get too off of 221. The trail is primarily a road. If you don't want a mile warm up do not take the trail on your right that states, "foot traffic welcome", it dumps you back at the helipad. Area had recently been mowed so no issues with overgrowth, no deadfall to speak of. Very exposed to the sun during mid day with it being a road. Found a forest trail and did go down it until it came to a dead end. Only completed 5.5 total of this trail. It was very hot and we started the trail in the mid afternoon at 88 degrees and ended at 93 degrees. Will head back up during the winter as this looks like a great place to snow shoe since there are no washouts or rock scrambles. Overall rating is a four, only because there isn't much to see.

It’s a good hike to it but the terrain is kind of hard specially if you got kids with you! It takes a while to get to it! ...

Not sure I'd actually list the trail as "wheelchair accessible," due to a very steep climb with a number of switchbacks the last quarter mile or so, BUT a beautiful trail and falls.

backpacking
1 month ago

This hike feels a lot longer than 1.2 miles going one way when hiking when backpacking. Very strenuous when loaded with backpack. Beautiful views!

trails are very well maintained but it gets a little crowded. Nice place to take dogs as well

Steep steps towards bottom. Down all the way in, up reverse. One of the nicest falls in NC. Well worth the hike

I proposed to my wife on Babel Towers 25 years ago. Went back today with our daughter and her finance. Beautiful day!

hiking
2 months ago

Excellent trail. We hiked after a rain and it was muddy in places, but the waterfall was well worth the wait.

Great trail. Lots of people though. Didn’t expect to be that crowded. Nice waterfall.

hiking
2 months ago

Quick hike to see a waterfall off of the Blue Ridge Parkway! We did this hike in a slight rainfall and it was perfect weather! Falls were the best at that time too.

hiking
2 months ago

Plenty of parking available.
The trail was very well marked, and despite having rained earlier in the day, it wasn’t overly muddy or slick.
The falls were gorgeous! Definitely worth the hike to see. I strongly recommend hiking the full loop...there are beautiful views all along the way:) took less than 2 hours altogether, including time stopped to enjoy the breathtaking waterfall.

The Falls were beautiful and worth every step of the hike. If you have children be very careful as the lower 2/3 of the trail has very jagged rocks and exposed roots. Will definitely hike this trail again when we are in the area.

Loved this hike. Was so worth the drive. Second half is a bit harder, but some really pretty viewpoints. Also some nice rock formations to see.

hiking
2 months ago

Very nice trail! Great scenery and fine rest spots. There are some great camping spots along the trail but not on it.
I did it bare foot, as I do most trails, I'm not sure if I'd recommend that to everyone but give it a shot.
The road to the trail itself is also a lot of fun... I did it in a 20 yo 4 door sedan; everyone else in the parking lot had a truck. If it was wet at all that day I would have been stuck there so keep that in mind.

never made it, my 2004 toyota sienna sounds like it now needs new ball joints. road is bad and just past cabin trail it turns into hell. we settled on doing cabin trail to LGT and cabin was hell coming back up so its proof hell does exit.

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