For our 16 year Anniversary, we wanted to see a hidden gem while we were in Virginia for the season. It’s a waterfall only the locals know about in Staunton, VA. You would have no idea it was there unless you were told about it. Google Maps will take you to Folly Mills Creek, but you need to keep a sharp eye out for the parking area for the waterfall. It’s only big enough for about 3 or 4 cars and there’s a trash can at the start of the trail head. There is no sign for the trail or the falls. It was late March and we were lucky to be the only ones there. The path to the falls is only about a quarter of a mile, if that. It was worth searching for!
From the waterfall, we drove through Staunton to see the Redbeard Brewing Company. Since hubby’s trail name is Redbeard, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity. On the way to the Brewery, we stopped at the Wilderness Outfitters to see what kinds of hiking gear they had. The parking beside the Outfitter was underneath an old railroad trellis. Such a fun way to park.
After quenching our thirst and our curiosity, we headed into Shenandoah National Park and up Skyline Drive to see some overlooks and have dinner at the lodge there.
Of course, we couldn’t pass up walking a little section of the Appalachian Trail while we were there. Redbeard had hiked this way just a few months before, so I felt really good to be able to share a part of his experience.
After our short hike and dinner, we split a slice of the famous blackberry ice cream pie at Big Meadows Lodge before heading back down the mountain.
We saw lots of deer and some very interesting trees on our drive out of Shenandoah.
We completed our outing and wonderful Anniversary with stunning sunset views and the moon rise giving way to the vast night sky.
From beginning to end, this anniversary day was certainly a memorable one. From the well-kept secret waterfall to the great sunset views, we hope you enjoyed seeing our day. We highly recommend visiting the Shenandoah Valley and taking a drive up Skyline Drive if you’re in this section of Virginia. It certainly will be worth your time.