June 4


Apple Orchard Falls – [2024 Update] Unofficial Trail Guide

Written by Brian Bailey

June 4, 2021

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Apple Orchard Falls - Unofficial  Trail Guide

 Waterfall       Blue Ridge Parkway        Appalachian Trail  

Apple Orchard Falls is located off the Blue Ridge Parkway north and managed by the USDA Forest Service. You can also access the falls from the North Creek Entrance from below in the Arcadia/Jennings Creek Area.  Always check the National Park Service's Road Closures alerts on the Blue Ridge Parkway before heading to your destination.

Editor's Note: We try hard to be accurate in our reporting but please always use multiple references before driving to a trailhead as trail amenities and conditions can always change.

Apple Orchard Falls Trail Location & Conditions

Apple Orchard Falls Best Picture Locations

Tons of great rock formations, smaller waterfalls and even a nice overlook right before you arrive at the falls...but it still takes second place to Apple Orchard Falls itself. Picture taken during dry season.

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Can you swim at Apple Orchard Falls?

Yes and no. Technically you can swim at Apple Orchard Falls but I've never seen anyone try nor is there a great hole to do it in. If you're looking for waterfalls to swim in I would recommend either Cascades Falls or Roaring Run Falls.

How Many Trailheads does Apple Orchard Falls Have?

You can access Apple Orchard Falls either from Arcadia at the base of the ridge or Blue Ridge Parkway at the top of the ridge. 

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