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Book: Chase Falling Water All Over Virginia

Andy Thompson

March 29, 2015 2:59pm
Hot off the press!

Hot off the press!

I spent a good portion of last summer scouring the western part of Virginia for waterfalls. It was a lot of driving and a lot of fun. The payoff comes this Friday (April 3rd) when my first guidebook comes out.

Hiking Waterfalls in Virginia features the 48 waterfall hikes I thought were most worth the effort to seek out and explore. Of course, there are many more waterfalls than that in Virginia. Many are on private property and some weren’t quite big enough or dramatic enough to include. (I wrote posts on a couple of my favorite cataracts here at RichmondOutside as summer road trip ideas.).

The book is divided up by region — Southwest Virginia, the Valley and Ridge, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Shenandoah National Park, the Piedmont, Northern Virginia — and each entry has directions to get there, hike specs, a description of my hike to the waterfall, a picture and more. With spring finally arriving, and summer on the way, this slender tome is an invitation to explore.

(Also featured: my Top 10 state waterfalls and Top 10 swimming holes. Those lists are worth the $16.46 right there, no?)

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?