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Blue Ridge waterfall hike worth the drive

@richmondoutside
July 1, 2013 12:58pm

If you’re looking for a mid-summer hiking/swimming/waterfall adventure, let me suggest a trip to the North Fork Moormans River Trail west of Charlottesville. It’s in Shenandoah National Park, but you reach it by driving through Crozet and hiking up, rather than going to Skyline Drive and hiking down. I wrote about a hike my wife and one-month-old daughter did on the trail last week for my Sunday Times-Dispatch column.

Beautiful swimming hole on the North Fork Moormans River in Shenandoah NP.

Beautiful swimming hole on the North Fork Moormans River in Shenandoah NP.

Round trip the hike was just under 4 miles. It was a workout, but I wouldn’t call it more than moderately strenuous. It’s a great hike for this time of year because there are at least three large swimming holes worthy of a cooling dip. And at the top of the hike we found a beautiful 45-foot waterfall. Well worth the 1:30 drive from Richmond.

Here’s the link to the hike on HikingUpward.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 45-foot waterfall at the top of the river, 1.8 miles into the hike.

The 45-foot waterfall at the top of the river, 1.8 miles into the hike.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


About Andy Thompson

I was the Outdoors Columnist at the Times-Dispatch from 2007 to 2013, writing twice a week about mountain biking, fishing, hunting, paddling and much more. I live a 1/4 mile from the James River, close enough to see bald eagles soaring over my house on their way to find a meal. Pretty cool, eh?


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