Virginia is home to many beautiful waterfalls. Great examples are Crabtree Falls, the highest cascade east of the Mississippi River, and Dark Hollow Falls, the most visited waterfall in Shenandoah National Park. Another one is Falling Spring Falls in the Alleghany Highlands in the far western region in Virginia.
One of the Prettiest Virginia Waterfalls
Falling Spring Falls is among the most photographed places in the Alleghany Highlands, which is a relatively undiscovered natural area in the state. It is definitely less visited than Shenandoah National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway. The waterfall is situated along Route 220 in the George Washington and Thomas Jefferson National Forest, approximately five miles to the north of the historic railroad and industrial town of Covington.
The waterfall was described by none other than Thomas Jefferson, who said that it is a “remarkable cascade.” In terms of facilities, there is a small parking lot with picnic benches and an information board, as well as a great overlook taking in Falling Spring Falls and the Blue Ridge Mountains behind it.
Falling over a rocky ledge, Falling Spring Falls is 80 feet high and one of prettiest Virginia waterfalls. The water is exceptionally clear and, after hitting the ground below the ledge, it continues as several small streams and cascades.
Seeing Falling Spring Falls
There is no official hiking trail to the base of the falls, though, and trespassing is technical not allowed. However, nearly everyone who visits the overlook wants to see the waterfalls from up close, as is proven by the clear pathways beyond the fence at the parking lot. During my visit, there were several people swimming in the stream at the top and even in the plunge pools at the waterfall’s base.
Again, crossing the fence is not allowed and is done at one’s own risk. It’s kind of a treacherous, steep and rocky way down—there is no designated trail—and the rocks can be quite slippery. If you do decide to descend to the base, be careful and make sure to wear sturdy shoes. If you would like to play it safe, which of course is recommended, you can enjoy the views from the overlook next to the parking lot.