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Chamberlain Trail

Easy/Intermediate

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2.1 mile 3.3 kilometer point to point
80% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 733' 224 m
Descent: -234' -71 m
High: 2,041' 622 m
Low: 1,466' 447 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 32% (18°)

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Trail shared by Roanoke Outside

A lovely trail with beautiful waterfall, intriguing caves, rare plants, and a convenient location.

Roanoke Outside

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Waterfall · Wildlife

Description

With its nice trails, beautiful waterfall, intriguing caves, rare plants, and convenient location, the Falls Ridge Preserve gets lots of attention. Falls Ridge Preserve is owned and protected by The Nature Conservancy.

The Chamberlain Trail explores part of a steep, rugged ridge that rises from the valley of the North Fork of the Roanoke River. The area also boasts a spring-fed travertine waterfall approximately 80 feet in height.

The rocks in the travertine falls watershed grew steadily, as minerals and lime dissolved in the water precipitate upon them. Over thousands of years, the build-up of calcium carbonate steepened the stream's gradient and slowly created both the waterfall and one of the largest-known exposed travertine deposits. Large sinkholes on part of the land also indicate the existence of underlying caverns which have never been explored.

When you are done running, grab a bite to eat at the Mountain View Italian Kitchen located on Rt. 603. From Falls Ridge follow Rt. 603 toward Roanoke and restaurant will be on your right (540.268.2512).

Flora & Fauna

Salem fault runs through the preserve, dividing it into two different rock types-Precambrian limestone and shale/sandstone. The corresponding difference in soil types generates a diversity of vegetation, particularly wildflowers and smaller flora.

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This is a view of Bradley Creek Falls during July. There's not as much water during this time of year, but it's still beautiful!
Jun 19, 2017 near Shawsville, VA
Enjoy this pleasant waterfall in Falls Ridge Natural Preserve.
May 31, 2017 near Shawsville, VA

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