Waterfalls along the Blue Ridge Parkway range from ancient & massive drops to small rivulets that only exist after a heavy rain. Tall and thunderous falls are forces of nature that pound down cliffsides, and small, gentle drops are laced among the falling creeks and streams.
Surrounding each of the falls, a visitor may find lush summer oaks, resplendent autumn color, shining winter icicles, or abundant spring wildflowers. At the foot of many larger falls, chilly & clear mountain waters collect into natural swimming holes. A patient observer may see wildflife drinking from the stiller waters, and anglers can fish for the trout that lurk beneath the surface.
To see a mountain waterfall, a traveler may only have to step out of their car at an overlook; other falls are hidden in the backcountry and can only been seen by the most dedicated explorer. Use the list and resources below to find whatever type of fall you are seeking. Bring your camera and take a picture, but put your camera down before you leave and take a breath; any Parkway traveler will tell you that there is an elusive & distinct quality to each of the falls that can only be experienced in person.
Waterfalls Accessible from the Blue Ridge Parkway
White Rock Falls
1.8 Mile Round Trip, Moderate. Found at Slacks Overlook. To find the trail, go across the road and walk north. Wooden sign marks the trailhead.
Found at Yankee Horse Ridge Parking Area. Trailhead is obvious at parking area.
Apple Orchard Falls
Found at Sunset Fields Overlook. Trailhead is obvious in middle of parking area.
Found at Fallingwater Cascades Overlook.
Found at Jeffress Park. Self-guiding trail is near the restrooms.
Boone Fork Falls
Found at the Julian Price Park picnic area. Cross the bridge near the restrooms. Big brown sign will have map and marks trailhead.
Duggers Creek Falls
Found at Linville Falls Park. Trailhead found along parking lot sidewalk. Smaller version of Linville Falls found in same area.
Found at Crabtree Falls Campground. Take the road into the campground and stop at the campground information building to pick up a map. Parking area next to information building.
Found at Glassmine Falls Overlook.
Found at Craggy Gardens Visitor Center. Find trail information at visitor center.
Graveyard Fields Waterfalls
Found at Graveyard Fields Overlook. Narrow stairway at parking area marks trailhead.
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