Great Blue Ridge Parkway Waterfalls to See This Year

We love to send our guests on the short but beautiful hike to Crabtree Falls in Virginia, which is just minutes from our Bed and Breakfast. However, as beautiful as it is, Crabtree Falls is just one of the impressive Blue Ridge Parkway waterfalls worth seeing this year. Spring, summer, or fall, hiking to, picnicing at, and otherwise enjoying the time at these gorgeous Blue Ridge Parkway waterfalls is a great way to experience America’s Favorite Drive.

If you plan to make the entire 469 mile drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway from Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Cherokee, NC north towards Shenendoah Naitonal Park and our Bed and Breakfast in Virginia, you’ll encounter around 65 mesmerizing Blue Ridge Parkway waterfalls. Waiting for you at the end of this epic drive will be a relaxing stay at our Bed and Breakfast in Virginia

Seeing these Blue Ridge Parkway waterfalls is just the beginning of all the great things to do in the Shenandoah Valley this year. Our Bed and Breakfast in Virginia is located between the historic towns of Staunton and Lexington, Virginia, affording our guests easy access to both Shenandoah National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway. We’re located in the heart of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, and offer unparalleled accommodations and hospitality. Book your getaway at our Bed and Breakfast in Virginia today!

Crabtree Falls is one of the best Blue Ridge Parkway waterfalls

The Best Blue Ridge Parkway Waterfalls for 2023

There’s no shortage of things to do along the Blue Ridge Parkway at any given point in the year, including during the depths of winter. But go in search of Blue Ridge Parkway waterfalls, and you’re bound to come away impressed. From pounding cascades towering over massive drops to gently cascading brooks, there’s plenty to love about chasing Blue Ridge Parkway waterfalls as you make the 469 mile drive along this scenic stretch of the road. 

Whether you start your journey near our Bed and Breakfast in Virginia – like at nearby Shenandoah National Park – and head south, or whether you start at Great Smoky Mountain National Park in North Carolina, what awaits is one unforgettable drive filled with adventure and mesmerizing beauty.

However you approach the drive, we’ve listed some of our favorite Blue Ridge Parkway waterfalls for you to enjoy along the way, starting in the south near Asheville and stretching north toward our Bed and Breakfast in Virginia. 

  1. In the Asheville area of North Caroline, we recommend hiking to Graveyard Fields waterfall. It’s not only a beautiful waterfall, but it was one of the first hikes accessible from the Blue Ridge Parkway, which makes it a perennial favorite for everyone doing this scenic drive. 
  2. Head to the Craggy Gardens area and you’ll find another favorite among Blue Ridge Parkway waterfalls, Douglas Falls. This 70-foot waterfall drops over a cliff, giving visitors the opportunity to walk behind the cascade for gorgeous photo ops. 
  3. Though the most common view of Glassmine Falls comes from the overlook at quite a long distance, it’s still impressive. Like many Blue Ridge Parkway waterfalls, this one is best seen after heavy rains.
  4. One of the most famous Blue Ridge Parkway waterfalls is Linville Falls. It’s a three-tier waterfall that tumbles into the scenic Linville Gorge, a feature of the Blue Ridge Parkway known as the “Grand Canyon of the Southern Appalachians.” It’s truly a breathtaking sight to behold, and worth the moderate to strenuous hike to get there.
  5. Boone Fork Falls, also referred to as Hebron Falls, is another great option among Blue Ridge Parkway waterfalls. Boone Fork Falls is a 25-foot waterfall, and the hike also features a number of cascading creeks and beautiful scenery to enjoy.
  6. Fallingwater Cascades is one of the first Blue Ridge Parkway waterfalls in Virginia (if you’re coming from the south), and it’s reached by an easy but worthwhile hike.
  7. Just up the road from Fallingwater Cascades is Apple Orchard Falls, one of the more impressive Blue Ridge Parkway waterfalls. This waterfall tumbles 200 feet, and is considered one of the best waterfalls in Virginia.
  8. As you continue north on the Blue Ridge Parkway, you’ll encounter Wigwam Falls, which is located at the Yankee Horse Ridge Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway. It’s a lovely hike to what is considered one of the easiest to access Blue Ridge Parkway waterfalls in Virginia.
  9. Near Waynesboro, you’ll find the scenic White Rock Falls, complete with beautiful cascades and a watering hole that is perfect for a summer swim.
  10. Finally, don’t miss one of our favorite hikes, Crabtree Falls in Virginia. Combined, this multi-tiered waterfall is the tallest east of the Mississippi. It’s a fantastic hike and a great place to enjoy a picnic, which we’ll happily pack for you.
After visiting the top Blue Ridge Parkway waterfalls, relax and unwind on the grounds and enjoy time around this firepit of our Bed and Breakfast in Virginia

Start or End at our Bed and Breakfast in Virginia

With ample hikes and gorgeous Blue Ridge Parkway waterfalls to enjoy along the drive, it’s easy to see why the Blue Ridge Parkway has earned the nickname “America’s Favorite Drive.” It’s beautiful any time of year, but particularly so when it’s time to enjoy fall colors on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Of course, whatever you plan to do on this gorgeous drive, we hope you join us at our Bed and Breakfast in Virginia, either at the beginning or end of your journey. 

Though there are plenty of places to stay on and around the Blue Ridge Parkway, none compare to our luxurious Bed and Breakfast in Virginia – not to mention our private Shenandoah Cabins. The stately Manor House that houses our Bed and Breakfast in Virginia was built in 1916. We’re surrounded by 50 acres of outstanding beauty and quiet tranquility, with distant views of the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains in the heart of the scenic Shenandoah Valley. 

Our Bed and Breakfast in Virginia offers discerning travelers five well-appointed guest rooms, each of which has been tastefully and thoughtfully decorated and features queen or king beds, gas or electric fireplaces, luxurious robes and linens, and thoughtful amenities. Some also include jacuzzi tubs for those added moments of bliss. We’re a member of the Select Registry brand of luxury properties, and offer distinguished hospitality that can’t be found anywhere else. Book your room at our #1-rated Bed and Breakfast in Virginia today. 

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