Thursday, June 13, 2013

Take it from Pete!

Pete Eshelman is one of my favorite outside bloggers at Why? He shares the best of the best and his all time favorite hikes, bike trails, swimming holes and more! 
A local waterfall just down the road from The Claiborne House B&B!
Today he shared "Pete's Picks: Best Waterfalls" and I would feel bad if I didn't pass it on to you. Virginia has some incredible waterfalls, and many not too far from The Claiborne House B&B!

Pete’s Pick: Best Waterfalls in Virginia

Summer is upon us, and what better way to enjoy it than by visiting some of the best waterfalls in Virginia.
  • Bottoms Creek Gorge: Forming the headwaters of the Roanoke River, Bottom Creek Gorge boasts spectacular scenery: the second highest waterfall in Virginia (200 feet), virgin hemlocks, and hundreds of wildflowers.
  • Roaring Run: The easy, well-marked trail begins at a historic iron furnace and winds back and forth along the Roaring Run stream. You will pass rock walls, cascading water, a natural water slide, and cross five footbridges before ending at beautiful Roaring Run Falls.
  • Falling Spring: Located in theAlleghany Highlands, on Route 220, the 80-foot waterfall was once visited by Thomas Jefferson, and he ranked it on his list of impressive and sublime works of nature in Virginia. Hike to the bottom of the falls and you'll be rewarded with a very specialswimming hole.
  • Apple Orchard Falls: One of the Virginia’s tallest and most spectacular waterfalls (150 feet) is the reward at the end of a classic Virginia hike.
  • Cascade Falls: Little Stony Creek cascades 69 feet into a beautiful pool, perfect for a chilly swim.
  • Crabtree Falls: A series of cascading waterfalls, with five major cascades, the tallest of which drops about 400 feet, and several smaller cascades, all over a distance of 2,500 feet. Crabtree Falls owns the title of tallest vertical drop in a waterfall east of the Mississippi River.
  • Falls Ridge Natural Preserve: With its nice hiking trails, beautiful waterfall, intriguing caves, rare plants, and convenient location, the Falls Ridge Preserve gets lots of attention.
  • Blue Suck Falls: Douthat State Park is one of Virginia's jewels. Voted as one of the nation’s 10 best, the park has over 43 miles of trails. Blue Suck Falls and Tuscarora Overlook are just two of the hidden gems you’ll find inside Douthat State Park.
Did I miss one?  Let me know and I’ll add it to the list.
Check out even more activities in the Get Outside Weekend Update.
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Director of Outdoor Branding
Roanoke Regional Partnership