Easily accessible from Blacksburg, VA and I-81, this small preserve has both a 60 foot waterfall, caves to explore, a small loop trail, and an abundance of wildflowers in the spring/summer months.

Dogs are not allowed on this preserve, so please do not bring a dog along.

From the parking lot walk through the mowed field until you reach the woods. You will intersect a small loop trail (Bradley Trail). Turn right on this trail and shortly you will see the spring-fed travertine (Calcium-rich deposits) waterfall.

Continue up the trail which curves left around the side of the falls. On the right side of the trail here wildflowers are abundant in the spring. You will cross a small bridge over the stream and loop around through the forest.

The loop will curve around the travertine deposits and there are a few openings to explore these "mini caves". The loop trail will cross a bridge over the stream one more time, then turn right to walk back through the mowed field to your car.

Pack List

  • Water
  • Tripod
  • Camera
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RT Distance 1 Miles
Elevation Gain 100 Feet
Activities Chillin, Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Loop
Features
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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Best Kept Secret

I recently visited Blacksburg, VA and hiked this Preserve with several friends of various fitness levels. It was terrific! We hiked both the Red Trail and Silver Trail as they conveniently connect. Very beautiful and not crowded at all. We explored some incredible caves and took our time. If I am ever in the area again, I would definitely go back.

Great For All Skill Levels

This trail requires hardly any skill. If you can walk, you can complete the trail. The loop around the mountain offers very little scenery, at least picture wise. The falls are soft and subtle and the caves are very cool. Great for the whole family.

Quick and fun

Easy access from parking lot, just 20 minutes or so from VT campus. Lots of rock and water to explore.


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