May 16

Falling Spring Falls

Wayyyyy back in September of last year, I went back to West Virginia over Labor Day weekend because I actually had a long weekend(!).

It was a 7-hour solo drive, so I scheduled in a couple pit stops so I wouldn’t fall asleep on the road. One such pit stop was to…you guessed it–Falling Spring Falls!

I’d seen a gorgeous picture of it on a friend’s instagram and she told me it was only about an hour away from our med school. How I never knew of this, I’ll never know (well, I do know because…well, med school), but better late than never!

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Falling Spring Falls is a gorgeous 80-foot waterfall located in Alleghany County near Covington, Virginia. Stuff Route 220, Covington, VA 24426 into your GPS and it should get you there!

If you’re going down 220 N, it’ll be on your left (you can’t miss it). Just be aware that if you’re heading there from Covington, you need to disregard a sign that says, “Falling Spring” that tells you to make a sharp-ish left turn. It’s full of lies and a kind gas station owner sent me back up the hill I drove down and told me keep going down 220 N for another 4-5 miles.


If you go to the right of the sign and past the black fence, you can walk around to follow a fairly self-explanatory “trail” into the woods…


Make sure you bring a swimsuit and towel, because there are rope swings to swing off of! :]! I did in fact bring both, but didn’t get on the rope because as per usual, I was traveling alone and my phone is not waterproof. (I could’ve left it in the car, but I wanted it for the waterfall, so…yeah.)



Keep walking and veer to the left a bit and you’ll end up at the top of the falls!


Thomas Jefferson apparently once wrote about this waterfall back in 1781: “The only remarkable cascade in this country is that of the Falling Spring in Augusta…it falls over a rock 200 feet into the valley below.”


I wanted to get a better view, so I waded out to the very edge. The water actually wasn’t very cold! It was a pretty comfortable temperature that I acclimated to almost instantly. (I came here in very early September, in case you’re wondering.)


For the record, it’s about an 80 foot drop to the bottom, so if you are in fact wading out here, be really careful about it! I felt like I was sitting on the edge of the world. <3


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For the record, it’s pretty darn difficult to take pictures when you’re perched on the ledge of an 80 foot waterfall without a waterproof camera, but…I tried to make it work!


If I ever get to come back here, I wanna hike to the bottom of this waterfall! :] (I was in flip flops this time around, so I decided against it.)

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If you want to visit a couple other nearby places, Falling Spring Falls is also located near the Jackson River Trail as well as the Humpback Bridge! :]

  • Are you afraid of heights?
  • Would you sit at the edge of a waterfall?

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  1. ShootingStarsMag

    Oh gosh, I’m so scared of heights. haha These are great photos though and the IDEA of sitting atop a waterfall is pretty cool.
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    1. Farrah

      hehehe, I was kindasorta scared I’d slip and fall up there too but thankfully, I did not!!

  2. GiGi

    I seriously do not give the US enough credit. There really is so much beauty in this country!

    1. Farrah

      There really is! :] I need to explore it all! *-*

  3. RunawayBridalPlanner

    So beautiful!
    I was in this area once, but did not know about the falls, that is a bummer… Guess it just means I need to go back!!!
    Thanks for showing us this place!! Stunning!

    1. Farrah

      I guess that definitely means you gotta go back there someday! ;P It’s so pretty!!

  4. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    That’s gorgeous! Like a little oasis. I love finding hidden gems like that.

    1. Farrah

      Same here! :] They’re always a welcome surprise!

  5. Coco

    How lovely! What a great idea for a break on a long road trip. Much better than a fast food stop!
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    1. Farrah

      Agreed! Definitely a lot more energizing! ;P

  6. Zebra Girl

    Gorgeous! This reminds me of NC! We took our kids hiking in North Carolina last summer and they lived all of the waterfalls! It was one of their favorite trips! I must admit I got rather anxious with the kids around some of the waterfalls!

    1. Farrah

      North Carolina has so, so many beautiful waterfalls! I went there with my friend last year and we went to 3 different ones that were all gorgeous! (If you ever bring em’ back to NC for hikes, make sure you take them to Sliding Rock if you haven’t already! 😀 It’s a super fun natural waterslide!)

  7. Kimberly G

    This just looks lovely and very serene!
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    1. Farrah

      It was such a pretty place to stop by! :]

  8. Kristy from Southern In Law

    Wow! How lovely and blue are those pools? Or do you call them lakes/rivers/I was never good at geography so I have no clue, haha!
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    1. Kristy from Southern In Law

      Oh wait…. you probably call them springs…

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