Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Dismal Falls is a 15-foot staircase of rock ledges in Dismal Creek. The sound and spray of the running water is as invigorating as it is beautiful. The trail to the falls is a short, 1/10 mile climb down to the creek where there are plenty of flat rocks to sit on. Dangle your toes in the water or enjoy a picnic lunch in this scenic spot.

Trail Open To:

Trail HikingBicycle RidingHorse Riding

At a Glance

Fees No fee
Open Season: Open Year Round
Closest Towns: Bland, VA - GILES COUNTY
Water: No drinking water available. All water taken from natural sources should be purified before use.
Restroom: None
Operated By: Eastern Divide Ranger District: (540) 552 - 4641
Information Center: Trail is located on National Geographic/Trails Illustrated Map #787.  It is recommended that all trail users carry a reliable map at all times.  Maps may be purchased at some local District Ranger Stations, at outdoor retail locations or by visiting the National Geographic’s Trails Illustrated website.

General Information


From I-77: Take exit 52 toward Bland, VA, and turn right onto Highway 42. Continue for 14 miles on Highway 42 and turn left on SR 606. Travel one mile and turn right on SR 671 / FR 201 (Dismal Creek Road). Parking is one more mile ahead on the right.

General Notes:
  • Trail Length:  .010 miles
  • Blazes:  None
  • Trail Difficulty:  Easy
  • Connecting Trails:  None
  • Elevation:  2400 to 2400 feet
  • Trail Access Points (Approximate LAT/LONG):
  • Trail Etiquette:  Trail etiquette for multiple use trails calls for horses to have the right-of-way.  Hikers should yield to horses.  Bicyclists should yield to horses and hikers.  Horse riders are responsible for the control of their horse at all times.

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  Area/Length : 
.010 miles

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  Elevation : 
2400 - 2400 feet