Recently, Virginia is For Lovers posted about 13 Awesome Tent Camping Experiences in Virginia. The list was a great selection of camp sites across Virginia from False Cape to sites in Luray. Though 13 locations does not even begin to touch on the amazing places to set up your tent in the wildlife of Virginia, I was disappointed that one site in particular was left off the list.
Crabtree Falls Campground is the epitome of what family travelers would like to see in a camping experience. There are things to do, clean facilities to use, nature all around, a friendly ownership, and the list goes on… One of the great pulls to the campgrounds is Crabtree Falls, the highest vertical cascading waterfall on the East Coast, surrounded by lush forest and abundant wildlife. It is located in the George Washington National Forest and is touted as one of the best known Virginia hiking trails. Crabtree Falls Campgrounds is immediately adjacent to the stream that flows from the base of the waterfall. Saddled with enormous boulders, the grounds are a brief walk down the road from the waterfall.
Whenever I try to explain the experience here, I am almost at a loss for words. How do you describe the beauty of one of the most serene places you have ever been? We learned about Crabtree Falls through our Boy Scout/Cub Scout group. The boys take a trip there each year and one day my best friend recommended we stop letting the boys have all the fun, and take our two families there together. I had no idea what was in store. When we arrived we were greeted by the husband-wife owners of the campsite who live on location. We were given a description of the amenities – clean bathrooms and showers, a small shop with just about everything you could have possibly forgotten at home, a game room (not that you will use it when you have this type of location), playground, laundry and YES! well behaved pets are allowed! Then we were directed down to our waterfront tent sites beside the gurgling stream. After our four older children helped our families unpack the car and heft the equipment down to the site, they were off! They immediately turned into children of the land, climbing over rocks, wading in the water, and more. It was straight out of a movie.
There are options for every type of camper at this campground…cabins, RV sites, and tent sites – many with electric – are all available and each is equipped with a fire pit and a picnic table. However, NOTHING beats the four waterfront sites, two of which we took up with our party of 9! We built so many memories that weekend and were all able to get away from the world and experience nonstop relaxation.
Once reaching the base of the trail, you start your hike to the top! The trail winds in and out and up and down and is a REAL hike (especially when carrying a 30 pound two year old on your back the entire way!)
I cannot wait for a chance to return, especially if it is with this crowd again. Next time you are camping in Virginia, seriously consider staying a Crabtree Falls Campground. You won’t regret it!
Where is your favorite campground?!