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A Guide to the Natural Wonders of the Blue Ridge Mountains
At times magical, the waterfalls of the Blue Ridge Mountains are framed in Southern Appalachian majesty. Add hiking to a waterfall, and you double your pleasure. With Waterfalls of the Blue Ridge, updated by veteran outdoors write Johnny Molloy, you can explore more than 110 waterfalls ranging from 50 to 100 feet high.
For this latest edition, over 30 new waterfalls were added. Some require no hike at all, while others can be seen only from the trail, with hikes ranging from a half-mile to several miles round – trip.
Covering the mountainous region along the Blue Ridge Parkway, including Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Shenandoah National Park, Waterfalls of the Blue Ridge takes you to two states, four national forests, three national parks, and eight state parks, as well as other preserves where waterfalls abound.
With this guide’s useful maps and pertinent information, you can plan waterfall adventures that suit your time and desires. Choose a waterfall trail on which to spend the whole afternoon, or chart out a circuit and visit several in one day. Each profile provides key information such as waterfall height, trail distance and difficulty, detailed waterfall descriptions, and specific trailhead directions, including GPS trailhead coordinates.