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Upper Crabtree Falls
   Nelson County, Virginia, United States

This waterfall has been confirmed by the World Waterfall Database, has been mapped and its height has been approximated but exact measurements have not yet been confirmed.
Crabtree Falls is often claimed to be the tallest waterfall east of the Mississippi River. In reality there appear to be three distinct and entirely separate sections of falls along the creek, segregated by stretches of gentler cascading stream. The Upper Falls along Crabtree Creek consists of the largest individual falls along the stream, dropping somewhere between 200 and 240 feet in a broad series of steep sliding cascades. This section of falls is often incorrectly cited as falling 400 feet.


  • Upper Crabtree Falls is the Official name of this waterfall

The signs along the Crabtree Falls trail distinctly call out Upper Falls and Lower Falls as destinations, so it seems likely that Upper Crabtree Falls is the proper name for this section given these circumstances.

Upper Crabtree Falls is shown in the center. Additional nearby waterfalls (if any) can be found in the list below.

Additional Nearby Waterfalls

Name of Waterfall Distance
Middle Crabtree Falls 0.18 mi / 0.29 km
Lower Crabtree Falls 0.3 mi / 0.47 km
Maidenhead Branch Falls 1.25 mi / 2 km
White Rock Falls 4.19 mi / 6.7 km


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