Crabtree Falls Day Use Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Crabtree Falls Day Use Area

This moderate 2.7 mile trail wanders through the mountainside offering scenic views of 5 major cascades falling a total distance of 1200 feet. Overlooks allow hikers to enjoy the beauty of the valley. The first overlook is universally accessible, and is only a short distance along a paved trail.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: This site is open for recreation, however the restrooms are temporarily shut down.
Fees $3 per vehicle per day.
Open Season: Open year round
Restrictions: DANGER: Leaving the trail has resulted in numerous fatalities due to extraordinarily slippery conditions created by clear algae on rocks. Hikers must remain on trail; pets must be leashed at all times. Alcoholic beverages prohibited. No horses or bicycles allowed. 
Closest Towns: Montebello, VA
Water: No drinking water available
Restroom: Vault toilets (Vault toilets at Crabtree Meadows are open mid-March through the end of November)
Operated By: Glenwood and Pedlar Ranger Districts: 540-291-2188

General Information

Directions: From I-81: Take exit 205 for Raphine/Steeles Tavern and continue east on State Route (SR) 606 to US 11. Turn left onto US 11 and continue north for a very short distance, then take a right onto SR 56. Follow SR 56 for 2 miles into the community of Vesuvius. As you enter Vesuvius, continue on the road as it bears to the left for another 6 miles. At the top of the mountain, continue under the Blue Ridge Parkway on SR 56 for 6 to 8 miles. The entrance to Crabtree Falls Day Use Area is on the right.

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Fire InformationNo campfires
No. of Sites3
Reservation InfoNo Reservations Required
No. of Accessible sites0