Abram Falls

September 05, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

 FIRST OFF, THIS IS PRIVATE LAND!!!! IT REQUIRES PERMISSION TO HIKE, PHOTOGRAPH, AND TO SHARE THE MEDIA ONLINE!!!! To find out more information and to get PERMISSION, head over to the Abram Falls Website.
This waterfall sits on private land and the landowners were gracious enough to start a group to maintain the trail. Why does it require permission? Well first off, it is private land, not public. Secondly, and most of all, it’s a very fragile environment, from rare plants to the critters, they need to be respected. Rules set by the owners are to ensure the ecosystems safety as well as your own. When I shared the photos on Instagram (withholding name and location) I found I had several followers who had been there before. One man told me about a time when another guy was climbing on the rocks, slipped and broke his leg; it took rescue crews two hours to get him out due to the terrain. As you read this, keep in mind it may be a short trail lengthwise but it is no way easy. This is why I recommend that if you go, have permission from the owners and take a hiking buddy incase anything happens while hiking to this beautiful waterfall.
 
Trail signTrail sign

Abram Falls, like the devils bathtub, is a hidden gem of Southwest Virginia, in a gorge off the beaten path.  The “trail” is barely a foot wide in some places while hugging an extremely steep ridgeline. One will be climbing over the roots of trees that are part of the trail, crawling under a fallen tree that has crashed down, and descending down a very steep cliff at the end.  Right before the descent down, there is a rock outcropping that serves as a nice outlook of the gorge below. The roar of the waterfall can be heard and seen on the climb down to the base of the falls. High cliffs on the far side of the creek are awe inspiring. The seventy-five foot waterfall is breath taking, and the cascades below it add to the beauty. Dragon flys zooming around the tall marshy grass while thousands of tadpoles lay in the calm shallows. Walking barefoot in the cold water over silk covered rocks, it was okay to slowly glide my feet across the rocks rather than stepping, which could possibly result in me slipping or harming any wildlife. I was granted permission to take photos and to share them along with my experience with you! Once again, this is a PRIVATE TRAIL on PRIVATE LAND. It is a carry in and carry out trail, meaning what you take with you is what you take out!  Therefore if you plan to hike this trail, get permission first (don’t trespass), pick up after yourself (any trash that’s found too), and treat the fragile ecosystem with respect. This way the owners will allow visitors to continue to this location for future generations to enjoy and not close the trail to the public. 
OverlookBrother and Brother-in-Law on the rock outcropping that provides a nice overlook! Tree fallen across trail.

 


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