Trail Run Project Logo

Chamberlain Trail

Intermediate
 4.3 (4)

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


Your Rating:      Clear Rating
Your Difficulty:
Your Favorites: Add to Favorites · Your List
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

2.1

Miles

3.3

KM

80%

Runnable

2,041' 622 m

High

1,466' 447 m

Low

733' 224 m

Up

234' 71 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

32%

Max Grade (18°)

Dogs No Dogs

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.

Contacts

Shared By:

Roanoke Outside

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 4 votes

#9211

Overall
  4.3 from 4 votes
5 Star
50%
4 Star
25%
3 Star
25%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Trail Rankings

#238

in Virginia

#9,211

Overall
50 Views Last Month
1,277 Since Apr 21, 2017
Intermediate

0%
0%
67%
33%
0%
0%

Photos

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

0 Comments

Weather


Current Trail Conditions

Update Conditions
All Clear 70 days ago See History
Add Your Check-In

Check-Ins

none