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Spy Rock to Crabtree Falls Shuttle

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8.0 mile 12.9 kilometer point to point
78% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,550' 473 m
Descent: -2,525' -770 m
High: 3,926' 1,197 m
Low: 1,759' 536 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 34% (19°)

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This point to point run combines Spy Rock Road, a portion of the A.T., and the Crabtree Falls Trail in a scenic outing.

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Overview

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.

Need to Know

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.

Description

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.

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Enjoy a great view from Spy Rock.
Mar 23, 2017 near Nellysford, VA
Ice climbers at Crabtree Falls in January.
Feb 7, 2016 near Nellysford, VA
The upper portion of Crabtree Falls is especially serene during a foggy day.
Jan 21, 2017 near Nellysford, VA
Take in this beautiful view from the Crabtree Falls Trail.
Mar 23, 2017 near Nellysford, VA
Crab Tree Falls (CTF), lone cairn at base of falls
Aug 18, 2018 near Nellysford, VA
The middle portion of Crabtree Falls is just a few short switchbacks up from the lower section.
Jan 21, 2017 near Nellysford, VA

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