2020 01 14

Saint Mary’s Falls

Drive: 32 min
Length of Hike: 4.4 miles
Type of Hike: Out & Back


Saint Marys Falls Trail is a 4.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Raphine, Virginia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate.

The trail follows the water, crossing over the river several times so be sure to wear appropriate footwear. Some parts of the trail are no longer marked from being washed out by rain storms but you can typically see enough foot traffic to know where to go. If the trail goes to the river, look across where you’ll most likely find the trail continues.

The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Once on Saint Mary’s Road, you will drive until you come to a dead end and see a big kiosk that signals the beginning of the trailhead and provides some additional information about the area.

**The Locals Tips**

  • If you have a dry bag, use it! (you have to cross river and don’t want to slip and get all your belongings wet!)
  • Bring a lunch!
  • Once you’ve gotten to the falls, you can cross the river to climb up the left side of the falls to a continuation of the trail that leads to a beautiful crystal clear swimming hole between 2 massive rocks with a gradual beach drop off. You can jump off the rocks into the water too and its a perfect place to have lunch away from the main crowd. Its not too far from the falls. You’ll know it when you see it! Its right off the trail.

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