Abrams Falls Official Website

Washington County Virginia

Map and trail information approved by Friends of Abrams Falls

A place where nature displays its most essential life-sustaining element, Abrams Falls has always excited the imagination. The Cherokees believed that the soul entered the afterlife by passing through a waterfall. White settlers revealed what was in their hearts as well, but the falls continues on its own course protected by its sheer inaccessibility.


Located in Washington County Virginia, northwest of Bristol and southwest of Abingdon, Abrams Falls is a 75’ plunge waterfall surrounded by pristine wilderness. The riparian area provides habitat for flora and fauna typical of the southern Appalachian highlands. A fragile ecosystem, rare plants and animals have been identified by naturalists in surveys over the years. Abrams Falls is the only large waterfall still located on private land in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Due to safety issues, the landowners do not encourage hiking on the several properties that comprise the Abrams Falls area, however, interested parties of experienced hikers are allowed on a limited basis .                                  map            permission