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Oct
08

Falling Springs Alleghany County

from WEB :

Travelers on Route 220 between Covington and Hot Spring, Virgina are afforded a wonderful view of the western Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains. In the mid 1700 this area was the western frontier on a young nation. Several frontied forts were built in the area, many of which were inspected by a young George Washington. The gap between Peters Mountain (on the left in the photo) and Lick Mountain (on the right in the photo) was used by earlier settlers traveling to the Kanawha River Valley and eventually to the Mississippi River Basin.

This overlook is located on U. S. Route 220 about 6-miles north of Covington, Virginia. There is ample parking for 10-12 vehicles. This is a roadside pulloff and there are no facilities available.

The Falls located north of Covington on Rt. 220 provide a peaceful, scenic wayside for tourists. In 1778 Thomas Jefferson described Falling Springs as a “remarkable cascade…falling over a rock about 200 feet to the valley below.”
Travelers on US Highway 220 between Covington and Hot Springs, Virginia enjoy a wonderful view of Falling Springs waterfall and the western Allegheny Mountains. At 205 feet, Falling Springs is about 30 feet taller than Niagara Falls, although without the spectacular volume of water. Thomas Jefferson ranked Falling Springs high on his list of impressive and sublime works of nature in Virginia. There is a small parking area with a short walkway to the fabulous view.

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1984 Computer portrait from State Fair

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