Apple Orchard Falls Cornelius Creek Loop
Are you looking for a hike with lots of streams? If so, the Apple Orchard Falls hike is one that you should do. Apple Orchard Falls is one of the most popular hikes in the Jefferson National Forest. You’re either right next to streams or within sight of a stream for about 90% of the hike. The highlight of the trail is the 200 foot Apple Orchard Falls, with a nice viewing area constructed by the Forest Service.
want to enjoy some camping while you are on the hike? There are some great camping spots within the first mile of the trail and one near the end of the Cornelius Creek Trail.
Directions: The Apple Orchard Falls-Cornelius Creek loop is east of Buchanan in the Jefferson National Forest along the western side of the Blue Ridge below the Parkway. Best trailhead access is from the end of Forest Road 59 or from Sunset Field Overlook at milepost 78.7 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. To get to the FR 59 trailhead, take exit 168 off I-81 just north of Buchanan, follow Route 614 just over 3 miles through Arcadia, then turn left at the North Creek Campground sign onto FR 59. In about 4 miles, past the campground, the road will end at a trailhead. The Apple Orchard Falls Trail leads left out of here; the Cornelius Creek Trail is to the right.
Difficulty Level: 3 Moderate
Eastimated Length: 5.6 miles
Estimate Hiking Time: 4.5 hours
Parking lot available