An outstanding run that includes both the 360 degree view from Spy Rock and the 1,200 foot high cascades of the Crabtree Falls all bundled into one full and enjoyable point-to-point route.
Features: Views — Waterfall
At the start of the outing, leave a shuttle car at the Crabtree Falls parking lot (there is a small fee to park here). This will be used to fetch the rest of the cars at the end of the day. Then drive everyone to the parking lot at the end of Fish Hatchery Road.
Starting from the parking at the end of the Fish Hatchery Road, climb the Spy Rock Road
which leads to the Appalachian Trail. Shortly after the junction with the A.T. take the short Spy Rock Spur
. This is a rock scramble that rises to a 360-degree view. Return to the A.T. and continue running first east, and then slightly north to the Crabtree Farm Road.
Where the trail crosses the road, turn left to descend the road to the parking in Crabtree Meadows, and then continue down the Crabtree Falls Trail
. Along this portion of the trail, you'll enjoy scenic views, and will pass Upper Crabtree Falls
. This is a perfect place to stop to enjoy the scenery, and the falls themselves are spectacular.
From there, it's a straight shot down the Crabtree Falls Trail
to reach your shuttle car and the end of the run.