"St. Mary's Waterfall" Waynesboro Things to Do Tip by agapotravel

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  St. Mary's Waterfall
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  • St. Mary's Waterfall - Waynesboro
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      Some of the rocks we climbed on
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  • St. Mary's Waterfall - Waynesboro
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St. Mary's Waterfall is in St. Mary's Wilderness, part of George Washington National Forest. This hike is about 4 1/2 miles roundtrip. We visited the day after a hurricane had hit the area, and it made it a bit more challenging. The trail was full of fallen trees and rocks.

There are several river crossings on this trail. Some are an easy hop on rocks and others require you to wade through the river. Again, this is probably due in large part to when we visited.

My complaint about this waterfall was that it was so easy to lose the trail. Going from the land to river and back again numerous times made it difficult to keep your bearings.

The hike (not counting the river crossings) was a bit boring, but once you get to the waterfall, it is worth it.

The waterfall is actually in a minature canyon, and it spills over a 10 foot ledge into a large pool. People were swimming there when we visited. It can get slippery on all of the ledges, so please be careful. The setting is very serene and beautiful.

Directions: At Blue Ridge Parkway milepost 27.2, exit onto VA 56 going west and travel 3.6 miles to Vesuvius. Bear right when 608 splits off from VA 56 and drive 2.4 miles to St. Mary's road. Turn right and follow this road to a parking area.

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  • Written Sep 13, 2008
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