Crabtree Falls (U.S. Forest Service)

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Elevation: 1593 ft.

Several tiers of gently cascading water comprise Crabtree Falls. Surrounded by hardwood forests, with large oaks, maples, birch, and hickories, this is an awe-inspiring scenic area whose natural beauty is sure to impress any visitor. The naturalist will enjoy hearing the cries of resident red-shouldered hawks or the evening serenades of great horned and barred owls. In the summer, Louisiana waterthrush can be found hopping along rock beds that line the water. Yellow-billed cuckoo and American redstart also breed here. The dazzling ebony jewelwing, black-winged damselfly with an electrifying metallic blue-green body line the edges of the water and can also be found along woodlands edges or along the moist ravine banks.

More information is available at the provided US Forest Service website or through the Blue Ridge Parkway NPS website.


Physical Address: 10636 Crabtree Falls Hwy, Tyro, VA 22976

From I-81 near Steeles Tavern, take exit 205 for SR 606 toward Raphine and turn left (east). In 1.6 miles, turn left (northeast) onto US 11 N and then right (southeast) onto SR 56. For 11.8 miles, follow SR 56 over traintracks in Vesuvius to continue on Tye River Tpke past its intersection with the Blue Ridge Parkway, through Montebello, and finally find the parking lot entrance on the right.

From the previous site on the Thomas Jefferson Loop of the VBWT:

From Spruce Creek Park, turn left onto SR 151 and return to Rt. 664 and turn right. Proceed up Rt. 664 to Rt. 680 (Cub Creek Road) and turn left. Go 5.1 miles on Rt. 680 to Rt. 699. Turn right onto Rt. 699 and proceed 1.4 miles to SR 56. Proceed west on SR 56 for 6.5 miles to Crabtree Falls on the left.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: US Forest Service - Glenwood and Pedlar Ranger Districts: 540-291-2188; National Park Service - Blue Ridge Parkway: (828) 348-3400
  • Website
  • Access: Parking Fee, Daily

Birds Recently Seen at Crabtree Falls (U.S. Forest Service) (as reported to eBird)

  • Eastern Phoebe
  • Great Crested Flycatcher
  • Red-eyed Vireo
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  • Carolina Wren
  • Wood Thrush
  • American Robin
  • Song Sparrow
  • Ovenbird
  • Louisiana Waterthrush

Seasonal Bird Observations


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