Backbone Falls Hike


A short loop hike following a developed trail with rock steps and walkways that

provides multiple viewpoints of the 45-foot Backbone Falls.

At a Glance

Closest Towns: Damascus, Virginia

General Information


From Bristol, take US 421 south for 20 miles to Shady Valley. Turn left onto TN 133 for 8 miles to Backbone Recreation Area. Trail is on right before driving through the Rock. From Damascus, turn right onto VA716 for five miles to the recreation area.  Trail is on the left after driving through the Rock.

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