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“Just Mesmerizing”

Falling Springs Waterfall
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Covington
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Just Mesmerizing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2014 via mobile

My first time ever seeing a natural waterfall (not man made) I loved every second of it. I had my small daughter with me so I didn't get to hike to the bottom. I did walk down the trail to the top of the waterfall. It's just an amazing scenery pictures don't give it justice at all!

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Lewisburg, West Virginia
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30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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“Go Now! It's just on the side of the road!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2014

Falling Springs is not only one of the most fabulous waterfalls in Virginia ~ it's the only one Thomas Jefferson noted in his "Notes on the State of Virginia." At an 80ft drop that spreads out at least half that at times, this is a must see for any waterfall lover. There is a lovely overlook, and if you circle around you will find trails that take you to the top pool, the creek and the lower pools at the bottom. In summer you'll find locals playing and swimming in the pools. I don't know that it is precisely acceptable (read legal) to go to the bottom but the locals seem to think it is. Once there check out the cave and trail behind the curtain. Perfection! I visit at least once every couple of months or so to catch it during each season. At just a few miles above Covington, and on the way to the Homestead Resort, Hot Springs and the Jefferson Baths, this is an easy detour ~ indeed it's on the road ~ for anyone.

Visited June 2014
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Montgomery, Illinois
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80 reviews
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“L O V E”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2014

A beauty of a waterfall, easy to get to and you don't have to hike anywhere to see it.
Just park the car and walk 30 steps. Take 15 mins to stop by and see this beauty.

Visited June 2014
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Goodview, Virginia
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“Beautiful waterfall”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2014

Beautiful waterfall with views of the mountains in the background. We can't wait to see this in the Fall when the leaves change color. If your headed North on route 220 this will be on your left hand side. The parking lot isn't very large. Holds maybe a dozen or so cars. No parking for large vehicles such as large RV's though. Unlike some other waterfalls I've been to though you don't have to walk very far to see it and it doesn't involve hiking over rough terrain. Path to falls after parking is on your left and is paved. Wide enough for a person in a wheelchair easily I would think. I meant to take a couple of pictures of the path and retaining wall but forgot, sorry. Maybe I can add them in a return trip in the Fall.
If you have small children you will want to keep a hand on them as the only thing between you and a long fall over the side is a two foot stone wall. Once your at the end of the path though your treated to a nice view of the waterfall and in mountains in the background.

If heading North on route 220 to see Falling Springs Waterfall. Do Not turn off of route 220 and onto route 687 thinking you are going to get to the falls. There is a sign telling you to turn off 220 and onto 687 for Falling Springs, but it does not take you to the falls. The falls are right off of route 220 and are at least a couple miles past this road.
They say you can see the falls from the road. I can see where this waterfall can be seen if driving a tall enough vehicle (mini van or pick-up truck) and at the right time of year (Fall/Winter), and headed North. I'm not too sure about South though as you would be in a curve and I myself didn't dare look. The way the road is and the speeds people travel on it, I wouldn't go too slow to try catching a glimpse of it. Best to just pull off in the parking lot and view it.

There are no bathrooms here. There is an information board telling you about the waterfall and brochures on the Alleghany Highlands and Hiking Trials in the area.

Seeing this from the bottom would have been wonderful also, but I didn't see any access points/trails and there are no signs posted giving such information. Usually at an attraction like this if there are hiking trails available they would have a map and distances listed. There was no such board/map here. I have seen on other reviews though were they have walked around a fence that's in the parking area and extends past it and made it to the top of the falls and also to the bottom, but I would venture a guess they were trespassing and it was not legal to do so. That fence goes out along the main road and I wouldn't think they would want you walking along the main road. That just wouldn't make sense. I also think if they didn't mind you walking out to the top of the waterfall, they would have made an entrance and a path at the parking lot. I looked into it best I could online before our trip and didn't see where you could see the falls from below. This was the first time going there myself so I can't be 100% about it, but I wouldn't risk it myself. No proper trails and no posted signs saying you could do it, to me means you shouldn't do it. Not unless you find out otherwise after calling the attraction's phone number, from some other reliable source or seeing something I possibly missed while I was there.
This part of my review isn't meant to call anyone out or bust anyone's butt over this. I just think it may be a bit deceiving when you read someone's review thinking you can do something when you get there and then find out it's not what you thought at all. To some they might think they have the opportunity to see the falls from more than one viewing point when I don't think they do. Just remember, best thing to do is research and use common sense.

I don't know if the phone number I've added as an attraction # is current. I got it off the Va. is for Lovers web site and it was last updated in 2011.

Only reason I gave it a 4 out of 5 was because of the lack of trails to other viewing areas. If there was another way to view this it would be great and I would have given it 5 out of 5.

Natural beauty you don't have to pay to see. Can't beat that.

Visited June 2014
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Troy, Virginia
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61 reviews
22 attraction reviews
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“A great place to see native plants”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2014

The waterfall, which can be seen from the road is beautiful. If you're facing the waterfall and walk to the right of the fencing you can take a path to the top of the waterfall. I would be hesitant to take small children because there are no fences to keep them safe. I went at the beginning of May was there was a lot of woodland phlox in bloom. I also saw Dutchman's breeches, waterleaf, bladdernut, bottlebrush buckeye, Solomon's seal and trilliums to name a few. I hope to visit this site again over the course of the year.

Visited May 2014
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