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Crabtree Falls, Wintergreen
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Crabtree Falls is located in the George Washington National Forest in Nelson County, Virginia, and is one of the tallest sets of waterfalls in the United States east of the Mississippi River. The name of the falls is thought to have come from William Crabtree, who settled in this part of Virginia in 1777. L.A. Snead, former US Assistant Fuel Administrator (WWI), environmentalist and notable Nelsonian, spearheaded negotiations to secure land surrounding Crabtree Falls after it was almost developed as a resort area in the late 1960s. Using personal and Congressional funds, the land deals were completed and the deeds transferred by LA Snead on June 3, 1968 to the National Forest System. This assured benefit for future generations of this magnificent Nelson County treasure.The set of waterfalls is often credited with being 1200ft high, but topographic maps show the total drop to be closer to. Crabtree Falls is a series of cascading waterfalls, with five major cascades, the tallest of which drops about, and several smaller cascades, all over a total distance of approximately horizontally. The cascade with a 400ft drop also gives Crabtree Falls the title of tallest vertical drop in a waterfall east of the Mississippi River. However, the title of tallest free-fall vertical drop goes to Fall Creek Falls in Tennessee's Fall Creek Falls State Park.There is a trail to the waterfall maintained by the United States Forest Service called the Crabtree Falls Trail. Twenty-nine people have fallen to their deaths from leaving the trail to climb too close to the waterfalls. Recent deaths occurred April 2013, June 2015, and most recently, August 29, 2015.
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  • Nine of us all ventured out yesterday and hiked Crabtree Falls and then up to Spye Rock. It was a spectacular hike with great views, fresh air, and refreshing waterfalls. It was challenging on the kne...  more »
  • This hike was a bucket list adventure for me and my husband. We loved the scenery but it was a bit of a challenge for us physically. Be warned that this hike is not for the faint of heart. 
  • This was a REALLY great hike! The trail is nicely maintained and well marked. There are multiple viewing areas, for those not wanting to hike the full 1.7 miles up. The trail is a little step, but we'...  more »