If you want to experience the magic of Mother Nature during your next getaway in Virginia, you’re in luck — there are three gorgeous waterfalls near Natural Bridge, VA! Grab your loved one by the hand and head out for a romantic hike through the woods. Then, spend some time admiring these powerful cascades. You’re sure to leave with lasting memories!
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3 Must-See Waterfalls Near Natural Bridge, VA
1. Lace Falls
Distance from Natural Bridge Hotel: 0.2 miles
Natural Bridge State Park is just a stone’s throw from our hotel, which means you can access Lace Falls easily from your accommodation. Take the Cedar Creek Trail to Lace Falls and snap a photo in front of the 30-foot cascade. Afterward, stroll another portion of the 7-mile trail system to see the park’s rolling hills and blooming meadows. Natural Bridge State Park is open daily from 8 a.m. to dusk.
Tip: Make the experience even better when you add our Romance Package to your reservation. This package includes overnight accommodations, wine and cheese upon arrival, a $75 credit towards dinner in the Colonial Dining Room or Red Fox Tavern, and breakfast for two the next morning.
2. Panther Falls
Distance from Natural Bridge Hotel: 24 miles
You might be wondering if there are any waterfalls in Virginia that you can swim in. The answer is, yes! Panther Falls features a 10-foot cascade that empties out into a swimming hole. This is a popular place for cliff jumping in the summertime. Plus, it’s a short 0.4-mile hike from the road, though caution is advised on the muddy trails.
Note: We recommend exploring Panther Falls early in the day to avoid the crowds.
3. Apple Orchard Falls
Distance from Natural Bridge Hotel: 29 miles
Apple Orchard Falls is a wonderful place to have lunch and snap some photos of the falls. From the parking area, take the bridge to the left of the kiosk and hike about 2 miles on the Apple Orchard Falls (AOF) Trail. Then, for a different perspective, climb the wooden stairs to the only overlook in the area. You’ll also find another small waterfall just beyond the overlook.
Start Planning Your Trip
Start by booking a stay in one of our Main Inn Rooms, Second-Floor Balcony Rooms, Guest Rooms on Cottage Hill, or Veranda Rooms. Next, add our Romance Package to your reservation for a little something extra. Finally, surprise the one you love with a couple’s getaway in Virginia’s Blue Ridge. We know you’re going to love it here!