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Abrams Falls

Intermediate/Difficult

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0.5 mile 0.8 kilometer point to point
70% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 162' 49 m
Descent: -214' -65 m
High: 1,875' 572 m
Low: 1,667' 508 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 14% (8°)
Max Grade: 41% (22°)

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Steep grades on a lightly traveled 0.75-mile singletrack leading to the stunning Abrams Falls.

Robert Bradley

Features River/Creek · Waterfall · Wildflowers

The trail and falls are on private property. You can not run this area unless approved by the land owner. You have to visit this website to ask for permission to access. They are currently only allowing a certain number of people access to the area at their discretion. Go to the contact section of the page to request permission. They do not allow any pictures of the area to be publish or posted online.

Need to Know

The trailhead is at the end of the cul-de-sac of Abrams Falls Road, just off Rich Valley Road in Washington County, Virginia. Abrams Falls Road is a 1.5-mile gravel road that follows Abrams Creek. At the cul-de-sac, the trailhead is on the left. The landowner on the far side of the creek has some intimidating signs, and obviously does not want trespassers on their land. There is limited parking in the cul-de-sac. Keep to the left and follow the singletrack that starts on the left-hand side of the road.

Runner Notes

The trail is extremely narrow in places, and with the angle and potentially loose earth, could be challenging. The steep descent to the falls is very technical with rocks and roots.

Description

The trailhead starts at the end of Abrams Falls Road in Washington County, Virginia. The trail follows Abrams Creek on the west side. About 100 yards in, the creek has eroded the trail, so there is a new trail that is being worn that climbs up the bank about 20 feet, before descending back toward the creek for a short time.

The trail is narrow, and there is a sharp drop down to the creek. About 0.25 miles in, the trail takes a hard left, and ascends this hillside. There are blue trail blazes marking the main trail. Take the ascent, and then begin the even steeper descent down into the horseshoe in which you'll find the falls.

At the hard left starting the ascent on the way out, there is an option to go straight following the creek, which, if followed about 50 yards, leads to what I'll call "Upper Abrams Falls." These are cascade type falls, and are quite nice, with about 30 feet of cascades.

Flora & Fauna

Wildflowers abound, butterflies, mountain laurel, and a myriad of relatively rare native flora. Snakes are common, including copperheads.

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Abrams Falls
Jul 5, 2019 near Bristol, VA
Abrams Falls 2
Jul 5, 2019 near Bristol, VA
Cascades at base of Abrams Falls
Jul 5, 2019 near Bristol, VA
Cascades of "Upper" Abrams Falls
Jul 5, 2019 near Bristol, VA
Cascades at "Upper" Abrams Falls
Jul 5, 2019 near Bristol, VA
Weeping rock at Abrams Falls
Jul 5, 2019 near Bristol, VA

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