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Crabtree Falls Weekend Wilderness Adventure - Socializing, Bonfires, and Hikes

  • Oct 18, 2013 · 3:00 PM
  • Crabtree Falls

 

 

 

 

We will socialize (and eat) nightly by the bonfire.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To reserve a cabin at Crabtree Falls, please contact Vickie Norman at:

[masked] (email)

[masked] (mobile)

Once the cabins are all rented, then that is it.  I suggest that someone first rent a cabin, and then get members who are going to chip in and share the cost.  Here is the web site showing the details and rates:

http://www.crabtreefalls.com/

Remember that the welcome bonfires (Friday and Saturday nights) are at Richard's Retreat before sunset, which occurs at around 6:35 PM.  Come on over at 6:00 PM.

The full moon, called the Hunter's Full Moon, will take place during our bonfires, both on Friday and on Saturday nights (specifically on Saturday at 1:37 AM).

A large contingent of our group went to Crabtree Falls last October, exactly one year ago, and we had an absolutely fabulous time.  So, we are doing it again, when the autumn foliage will be turning into its annual multi-colored kaleidoscope.

 

 

 

Here we are on one of our hikes last October

 

 

 

 

According to the Virginia Department of Forestry, the colors in the Blue Ridge area peak in October.  Here are the fall colors that the trees will have in this forest:

Virginia Trees and Colors

Ash - Yellow and maroon

Beech - Yellow to orange

Dogwood - Scarlet to purple

Hickory - Golden bronze

Oak - Red, brown, or russet

Poplar - Golden yellow

Red Maple - Brilliant scarlet

 

Did you know that all these amazing colors are already in the plant leaf?  Yup, that's right.  Most leaf colors are already contained in the plant leaf.  And it happens like this:

  • Chlorophyll gives leaves their familiar green color.
  • Carotenoids produce yellow, orange, and brown colors.
  • Anthocyanins add color to red apples, blueberries, cherries, strawberries, and plums. They are water soluble and appear in the watery liquid of leaf cells.

But how does this happen?  Well, both chlorophyll and carotenoids are present in the chloroplasts of leaf cells throughout the growing season.  During this time, chlorophyll is produced and broken down and leaves appear green.  As days get shorter, chlorophyll production slows down until it stops.  The green color is no longer visible, and other pigments present (carotenoids) with the chlorophyll are then revealed.  During autumn, bright light and excess plant sugars produce anthocyanins within leaf cells.

But why does this happen?  A deciduous tree’s beautiful autumn colors are a prelude to the loss of its leaves.  Thin leaf tissue freezes easily, and trees constantly lose water through the leaves, so a tree must seal them off and drop its leaves to preserve its own health through the winter cold.  Some trees tend to cling to their dead leaves for a while, but the water vessels are sealed off, so the trees are not harmed.  For example, white oaks may wear a “skirt” of brown leaves on their lower branches well into winter.  And beech trees may cling to their papery amber leaves until the new buds swell in spring.

However, all we need to know is that it will look stupendous.

 

 

 

All along the trail, there are waterfalls

 

 

 

 

YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE TO OBTAIN YOUR OWN LODGING.  DO NOT RSVP AND SIMPLY STATE THAT YOU NEED A PLACE TO STAY AND DO NOTHING MORE; YOU HAVE TO OBTAIN YOUR OWN ACCOMMODATIONS.  RESERVE AND THEN SHARE THE CABINS.

On our last voyage to Crabtree Falls, everyone chipped in, helped out, and worked as a team.  When one needed help, all were there to assist.  That made the event pleasant, and it is what this outdoor group is all about.  So, we need positive people who take JFK's saying to heart.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLdA1ikkoEc

And we need firewood, so bring it if if you have it!

We will socialize, eat, and engage in at least two hikes, one at Crabtree Falls and another at Spy Rock.  On Friday and Saturday nights, we will have bonfires at one of the cabins as well.

 

 

 

Strange events occur in these hot tubs

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whether telling tall tales or making s'mores, sitting around a bonfire is a great time to be had by all

 

 

Now, regarding pets, I love all animals, but, please, no pets on this activity.  No dogs, cats, parakeets, pythons, iguanas, mice, ferrets, ladybugs, tarantulas, or chimps.  Even if you clothe them and you believe them to be your offspring.  The steep and slippery inclination beside the falls go up and down for 5 miles, and the mountain hike requires scrambling on rocks, so, if your excited pet sees a wild animal and yanks on you, then you fall on top of everyone below you.  Keep your pet at home during this event, especially for the safety and well-being of the pet.

Right now all the cabins are open on this weekend, but they will not be available for long.  As of now we have begun to book cabins in the area, so it is smartest to team up with others who are definitely going and to stay at the cabins at Crabtree Falls, or, if they fill up, in the vicinity of Tyro or Montebello.

THIS IS THE TIME OF YEAR WHEN EVERY CABIN AND SITE WILL BE BOOKED AS IT IS THE MOST SCENIC PERIOD.  GET YOUR ACCOMMODATIONS NOW BECAUSE THERE WILL NOT BE ANY LEFT AS TIME PASSES.

Note that it gets cold at night in these mountains, so think about that factor if you are thinking of staying in a camping area.  The campgrounds have cabins, so it is suggested that those be used rather than tent camping.

 

 

 

At the welcome bonfires, you hear about things that you do not read about in books

 

 

 

 

It is at least a 3-hour drive for most of us each way, plus it is in the middle of the mountains in a very remote location.  But, like many such places, it is the very secluded aspect of the place that make it so special.

Please exercise extreme caution on the windy road towards the final destination.

 

 

It is Virginia's best kept secret and its most beautiful location. Amazingly, so many do not know about it.

 

 

Crabtree Falls is the highest vertical-drop cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi River, in Nelson County, Virginia, just six miles off the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway near milepost 27.

Crabtree Falls features a series of several major cascades that fall a total distance of 1,200 feet.  The first overlook is just a few hundred feet from the upper parking lot along a gentle, paved trail making it an excellent stopover for travelers of all ages and abilities.

 

However, the entire hike is more demanding.  There are several challenging switchbacks along the way and it is like climbing a very long set of stairs.  But the effort is worth it.  Be aware that many have died here because they left the trail and stepped on the rocks, and the US Forest Service has placed a a sign there with the latest body count.

I mention the above caveat not to scare folks away, but all must be aware that if you leave the trail you could slip on a rock and find out out if God exists.  The hike is safe if one stays on the trail and follows directions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The more adventuresome hiker may continue along the 2.5 mile Crabtree Falls Trail to four other overlooks offering spectacular views of the Crabtree Creek Falls and lovely vistas of the Tye River Valley.  From the upper falls, the trail follows the creek another 1.2 miles to the Crabtree Meadows parking lot.

 

Yes, we may have to traverse through this opening in the mountain.  We will have to look for the cave in the rock formation on the way up.

The name “Crabtree” is thought to have come from William Crabtree, who settled in the area in 1777.  Another noted pioneer, Allen Tye, who did extensive exploration in the Blue Ridge Mountains, is identified as having discovered the Tye River.

The land at the base of the falls was almost developed as a resort area in the late 1960s. LA Snead, former US Assistant Fuel Administrator (WWI), environmentalist and notable Nelsontonian, blocked development efforts and spearheaded negotiations to secure the land surrounding the falls.  Using personal and Congressional funds, the land deals were completed and the deeds transferred by LA Snead on June 3, 1968 to the National Forest System.  This assured benefit for future generations of this magnificent Nelson County treasure.  There are wooden stairs, gravel paths, railed overlooks, and a spectacular 100-foot bridge over the Tye River.  This beautiful bridge, a laminated arch, was shipped from New York in one piece.  Cranes lifted and placed it over the Tye River in 1978. Under National Forest domain, the safety, accessibility and continued improvements have made Crabtree Falls a major tourist destination within Nelson County.

The prime hike at Crabtree Falls will be on Saturday.  There will be options as well, to include a walk to Spy Rock.

Hiking information for Spy Rock:

http://www.hikingupward.com/GWNF/SpyRock/

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where the Spy part came from

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View from Spy Rock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The panoramic views from Spy Rock are breath-taking

 

 

 

"Here's some advice:  Stay alive."  - Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

We will go in an area that may look like we are in The Hunger Games.  Believe it or not, the U.S. Forest Service actually has a "Hunger Games Warning" to those venturing by the waterfalls in the mountains.

Park rangers warn people to practice waterfall safety.  Rangers stress that no one should be directly above a waterfall, no matter what they've seen acted out on the big screen.

Moreover, the U.S. Forest Service says waterfalls are popular places for viewing, picnicking, and wading, but, while beautiful to see, they often pose risks to unprepared visitors.  Slippery rocks, steep slopes, and undercurrents can catch you by surprise when walking through or in the area of a waterfall.  So be careful.

We had no incidents on our last hike here, so let's keep that track record going.  Here are The Hunger Games waterfall safety tips I was asked to share with you:

  • Know the potential hazards of a waterfall
  • Stay back from the edge
  • Avoid slippery rocks
  • Wear stable shoes and watch your footing
  • Don't jump off waterfalls
  • Don't swim in waterfall pools
  • Stay out of restricted areas
  • Always carry a map of the area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crabtree Falls is also famous for its connection to the well-known television show The Waltons.  The falls were not shown on television, but the name was referred to several times during the life of the program, usually in reference to a Sunday outing.

Crabtree Falls can be reached from the Blue Ridge Parkway by travelling to milepost 27. Exit onto VA 56 going east and follow the signs to Crabtree Falls (about 6.3 miles). It is open from dawn to dusk daily.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The beginning is on a paved trail.

For GPS purposes, use 10438 Crabtree Falls Highway, Tyro, Virginia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And then we turn up, off of the trail, and up the mountain.

The hike should take 4 hours plus a lunch break at the top.

Crabtree Falls is arguably the most beautiful set of waterfalls in Virginia. Billed as the tallest waterfalls east of the Mississippi, Crabtree Falls is a must see for anyone who lives in the mid-Atlantic region.

 

Here is the famous footbridge that we would cross over the Tye River, a laminated arch that was shipped from New York state in one piece and installed in 1978.  Until the mid 1980's the footbridge was the starting point for the hike up Crabtree Falls.  Today the parking area is on the other side of the river, and the bridge now serves primarily as a decorative addition to the hike.

 

 

From the end of the parking area, we would follow the paved trail to the bottom of the lower most falls. At this point the trail becomes a dirt path, and does the first of nine switchbacks on its way to the top of the highest set of falls. The trial is well maintained, and has wooden guardrails along its steeper portions, as well as railed overlooks at the most scenic points.

Here is the Crabtree Falls topographic map (it has an elevation gain of 1,380 feet):

Crabtree Falls Topo Map

Here is the Spy Rock topographic map (it has an elevation gain of 1,260 feet):

Spy Rock Topo Map

 

There are cabins and camp sites close to the falls.  The first one is where we are staying, and the other is listed as a backup:

http://www.crabtreefalls.com/

http://www.montebellova.com/index.html

 

We are staying at the five cabins (Richard's Retreat, Annie's Cabin, Jack's Place, Barb's House, and Tony's Place) at the Cabins at Crabtree Falls that are located at 11000  Crabtree Falls Highway (Route 56) in Tyro, Virginia.

Again, on Friday and on Saturday, the nightly bonfires will be behind Richard's Retreat a little after 6:00 PM (the sunset occurs at around 6:30 PM).  Bring food and beverages to share, and don't forget your s'mores!  If you don't bring it, you don't have it, and this applies to all your meals as well as to the bonfire socials.  The other meals are on your own.

 

Here is the closest grocery store to Tyro, the Food Lion, about 20 miles away, and it is open 7 AM to 11 PM:

Food Lion of Lovingston
85 Callohill Drive
Lovingston, Virginia 22949
Phone: (434)[masked]

Here is the map from the cabins where Richard's Retreat is to the Food Lion.  Print it and bring it with you:

http://goo.gl/maps/OS2cx


There are some small convenience stores in the area, the closest being about 4 miles away at Montebello, Virginia.

On Saturday night, for our second bonfire, we will be greeted by a full moon. This is the Hunter’s Moon or Full Harvest Moon, and this full moon is often referred to as the Full Hunter’s Moon, Blood Moon, or Sanguine Moon. Many moons ago, Native Americans named this bright moon for obvious reasons. The leaves are falling from trees, the deer are fattened, and it’s time to begin storing up meat for the long winter ahead. Because the fields were traditionally reaped in late September or early October, hunters could easily see fox and other animals that come out to glean from the fallen grains. Probably because of the threat of winter looming close, the Hunter’s Moon is generally accorded with a special honor, historically serving as an important feast day in both Western Europe and among many Native American tribes.

This is a very remote area, and wireless service does not work well here.  Below is an aerial photo of the falls:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parking: $3 per vehicle under an honor system at the falls, but we can walk there, so that is what we will do.

Directions: From I-81: Take exit 205 for Raphine/Steeles Tavern and continue east on State Route (SR) 606 to US 11. Turn left onto US 11 and continue north for a very short distance, then take a right onto SR 56. Follow SR 56 for 2 miles into the community of Vesuvius. As you enter Vesuvius, continue on the road as it bears to the left for another 6 miles. At the top of the mountain, continue under the Blue Ridge Parkway on SR 56 for 6 to 8 miles. The entrance to Crabtree Falls Day Use Area is on the right.

Forest Service information on the area:

http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/gwj/recreation/hiking/recarea/?recid=73667&actid=50

 

Just for sake of comparison, here is what last year's weather was like in Tyro, Virginia, on this same weekend:

Daytime high:  68 degrees

Night time low:  43 degrees

Precipitation:  0.01 inches

Wind speed 3 MPH

 

October events in the area (there is a chance that the web sites may change, so I will put both of them up, the old and the new):

http://nelsoncountyva.org/

http://www.nelsoncounty-va.gov/

 

 

Hiking information for Crabtree Falls:

http://www.hikingupward.com/gwnf/crabtreefalls/

Please get a place to stay on your own by working with others who are going.  I am staying at Barb's Place.  Godspeed to all.

And make sure that you don't stay at the cabin on the wrong side of the tracks:

The cabin on the wrong side of the tracks

Just kidding!  I could not resist this one......

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  • A former member
    A former member

    One item that I may not have shared fully with all is that all the donations for the wood as well as Laura's lodging contribution for Richard's Retreat were given to Wanda (the caretaker), her husband, and their two boys. We used up their winter wood for our bonfires, and they also did a great job preparing the area as well our cabins for us when we got there. Wanda's husband makes his money selling wood, and so our donation was our gift to them made in the name of our entire group.

    1 · November 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Folks - What Linda says is true. We have maxed out the photographic capabilities of Meetup with our 500 pictures! This has never happened before. If you have any more pictures, please post them on our supplemental album at: http://www.meetup.com/Over-40-and-Kicking-It-Up-Adventure-and-Social-Club/photos/18098952/

    1 · October 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Post your pictures here.

      October 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      We can get 500 photos in each album - according to Meetup, we are already in the record books......

      1 · October 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A splendid weekend with great people! I enjoyed meeting new people and re-acquaint with people I've not seen for about a year! This is a fun group to hang out with. Bob, thank you so much for your huge efforts to make this a success. Your bonfires were the best ones I've been to. The amount of light produced from the bonfires certainly helped me conduct conversations with other people! Thank you for the white foldable chairs, which were of great use! Bob and Jeff, thank you for leading the hikes on Sat and Sun respectively. The hikes offered different views and both were incredibly beautiful. Everyone, I look forward to seeing you soon. Cheers, Bill

    1 · October 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I really enjoyed meeting you Bill and look forward to seeing you soon.

      1 · October 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wow, we maxxed out the photo album - never seen that happen before!!! I was only able to attend the hike on Saturday but it was fabulous. Looks like you all had a great time at the bonfires and Sunday hike! Thanks Bob for organizing!

    October 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      You ain't kidding! I have never seen this many pictures taken at an event before.

      October 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I was busy yesterday and there were only a few picture slots available last night when I uploaded mine. It is possible there are some duplicates of the falls since the views are the same from each of the staggered areas but I think it requires that individuals remove them. Just not sure if someone has some group pics they want to share and are unable to post them.

      October 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had a wonderful time. It was great meeting such a nice group of people. This was my first meet-up with the group and I felt very welcome. The hike up Crabtree Falls was awesome. To answer Bob's question: the effort for the event was worth it. Thanks Bob for everything you did, and organizing the trip. I suggest for next year that the food for the bonfire and cabins (who is bringing what?) is coordinated in advance, so that food is not duplicated, leading to excess that will go to waste or be thrown away. Many of us bought/made food for the bonfire and food to share with housemates that was barely used. I ended up bringing home almost all of the food I brought to share in addition to whatever food was left over in the fridge by others, which was not a problem because I don't like food to go to waste. I believe that the food contributions could have been better coordinated by all of us.

    I'm looking forward to next year. :-)

    October 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes...Helen, Maureen and I rushed out to not miss the hike and did not get our money in there.

      October 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I know; it was all part of the plan. That is why every cabin got a visit from the good fairy...... And the good fairy used your lodging contribution for that work. Thus, Wanda will have a bigger first aid kit next year!

      1 · October 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Another wonderful time had by all, thanks to Bob. All your efforts are truley appreciated. I must say I am very disappointed that NORAD did not seem to notice the Saturday night signal fire.

    October 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      They may have sent an unmanned stealth drone on the second day......

      October 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you so much for a wonderful weekend. With this group there are no disappointment ever.. Great fire, Bob. You are master of Bon fire!!

    1 · October 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Bob truly approached the building and maintaining of a bonfire as a "Work of Art!"

      October 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you to everyone who made this event possible but especially Bob who goes above and beyond in everything he does! We were blessed with perfect weather for our weekend and thankfully the end to the government shutdown so we could hike Crabtree Falls and Spyrock in the beautiful George Washington National Park. I especially enjoyed meeting new people and making new friends.

    October 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Absolutely second Sarabeth. It was an awesome weekend! Thank you Bob and all who attended and made us feel so welcome. Can't wait to share another experience with this wonderful group!

    1 · October 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      We are firming up the autumn 2014 reservations now......

      October 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Nice time, nice group. Very well organized. Thanks Bob.

    1 · October 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The weather cooperated with us and the federal government even cooperated with us as we journeyed to one of the most scenic places in the nation. It was clear and windless, and the shutdown barricades at the park got lifted just before we got there. We had a bonfire social on Friday and on Saturday nights, and on Saturday we hiked Crabtree Falls, while on Sunday we hiked Spy Rock (thank you, Jeff, for taking the helm on the Spy Rock adventure). We had a huge amount of food at the bonfire socials, and for that we can be thankful to our members for their generosity. We were even able to set off an alert at NORAD with our bonfire on Friday night, as three Air Force jets did a fly over so that their plumes remained over the mountain with the light of the full moon reflected on them. Later, several of us got in the hot tub, and that was enjoyable - probably more for the spectators than the hot tub users. Was the effort for this event worth it? The pictures speak for themselves......

    1 · October 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Once again, thank you Bob for organizing this event, I had great weekend with nice and friendly people, the weather perfect for a hike...lot to eat mmm! everything so good, thanks to every one for contributing to have wonderful dinners.

    October 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Please be extremely careful driving on Crabtree Falls Highway and the local toads as they are curvy and next to cliffs with no guardrails. The wet leaves and debris can make the roads very slippery.

    October 17, 2013

    • Amy

      Yeah, I've heard those toads are darned slippery little buggers....

      2 · October 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Just like when Petey got turned into a toad in Oh Brother Where Art Thou...... Those river toads are big!

      October 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Folks - In the activity narrative above, I have added the link to the map from the cabins (where Richard's Retreat is) to the Food Lion. Please print it and bring it with you. It is a good drive out there, about one hour round-trip.

    October 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The address for the Cabins at Crabtree Falls, with Richard's Retreat being in the rear as you enter, is as follows: 11000 Crabtree Falls Highway, Tyro, Virginia 22976

    October 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Folks - While there will be suggested hikes for Saturday and Sunday mornings, you can do anything you want. You can simply hang out and read a good book. Last year, some people went into town antiquing. Some walked along the Tye River to take pictures of nature. Some went to the lake at the Montebello campground (where Leo is staying this time) and tried their luck fishing after getting their tackle gear at the Montebello camp store. A group of us watched The Hunger Games in my cabin where we set up a rustic theater in there. You can do anything you want. Nothing is mandatory. Relaxing is the objective. And no cellular service and no Internet helps that end.

    October 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Alas...it turns out that I could go and now have off the time from work but it seems too late. I have tons going on and extra work all the way until Thursday so I am not sure I have time to research too much but would welcome and consider any opportunities to bunk with someone in a cabin. Please contact me at [masked] if you have room or suggestions.

    1 · October 13, 2013

    • Amy

      As long as management says we can have two tents.

      1 · October 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for the offer Amy! Tent camping really isn't my thing anymore. In my younger years I really roughed it but these old bones like heat and indoor plumbing!

      October 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will have a stove by the bonfire if anyone wants to cook anything (you ring your own food and cookware; the stove with propane will be there). And there will be beans as well as hot apple cider there. There will be plastic utensils, cups, and plates there for all.

    October 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    As well as having the only grocery store in the area (20 miles away from us) Lovingston has other places to get food: http://www.virginia.org/Cities/Lovingston/

    October 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wish I could join you but I am OOT this weekend. Be sure to stop at the apple orchard on rte 56 headed west to Tyro because they have the best apple cider I've ever had. Their apple butter on toast is great too!

    October 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Now I am hungry!

      October 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Folks - I am sending out an email about the Friday and Saturday evening socials. Let me know if you did not receive it.

    October 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Folks - This advisory does not apply to the occupants of Barb's House, Richard's Retreat, and Tony's Place. I will be responsible for these three cabins. But to the occupants of all other cabins, chalets, lodges, tree forts, camping sites, and other places where you may be staying: If you make deals with the prime renter and then pay that renter a fee to sleep there, that is fine, but make absolutely sure you are totally aware of the sleeping arrangements, hot water capacity, toilet logistics, cooking capabilities, and everything else in your weekend residence. Any issues that may arise therein are wholly between the guests and the prime renter of said weekend facility.

    October 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Love the disclaimer Bob and 100% agree with you!

      October 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      And I can attest that I am speaking from past experience here!

      1 · October 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Folks - If you want to bring a bottle of wine with cups or beer at the Friday and Saturday socials, that is fine. But please also bring a food contribution to share.

    October 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I thought I would be out of town so did not sign up, but just found out I will be here so.....if anyone has to cancel last minute opening a space in one of the cabins, please call me at[masked]

    October 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I have space in my bed you can rent out....Annie's cabin call me[masked]

      October 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Do you have enough space for me to bring a friend?

      1 · October 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    ia couple of ppl have had to back out of tent sites. if anyone wants a tent site please email me at [masked] or call[masked] 5866. $25 per night

    October 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      i just emailed you Sharon about a tent site!

      October 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I did as well. -Tom

      October 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have a family engagement. Happy for the family, but sad to miss out on such a great meetup

    October 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Folks - Since cellular reception does not reach our area and satellite reception on less powerful automobile GPS units may not work uninterrupted if the unit is blocked when driving in deep valleys (i.e., corridors of rock), I urge you to print maps and bring them with you as a back up. This is especially true for the Food Lion as it is the only grocery store in the area about 20 miles away. Crabtree Falls is walking distance from the cabins and campground (that is across the street from the cabins). The other campgrounds (such as the Montebello) and area cabins (in other towns) are not walking distance to Crabtree Falls.

    October 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The long range weather prediction for next weekend is looking good: A small chance of rain. If we had gone this weekend rather than the next, it would have been a soggy weekend......

    October 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am looking to join a carpool. I live close to 495 and 270 but, can meet most anywhere along the route. Please contact me at [masked] or[masked]-8810. I hope everyone is carpooling, for the sake of mother earth. Thanks.

    October 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I so enjoyed this group vibe from yesterday, I just signed up for this weekend and I am hoping to find / share a cabin space, ..I would also be willing to drive... I can probably drive one other person comfortably maybe 2....got 4 door sedan. Please contact me directly at Christopher.bellone@.gmail.com if you have room

    October 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Chris - Leo has space. And Sharon had advertised sites (that may have been returned to the campground by now). You will have to contact the individuals directly. Good luck.

      October 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Chris, Look at Jennifer's posted opening in cabin.

      October 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    sorry had to drop out due to back problems which are becoming increasingly serious...looks like an operation is in the cards...

    October 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I hope all will be well and that the medical outcome is successful. Good luck to you.

      October 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    For the cabins, check in time is 4:00 p.m. and check out time is 10:00 a.m. You can request a late checkout time.

    October 2, 2013

  • Amy

    Are we hiking Crabtree and Spy Rock both on Saturday and is Spy Rock a continuation of the other for those able to do it?

    September 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      It's a bit early to get the weather prediction for this October weekend pertaining to the hikes, but Crabtree Falls would be better on Saturday morning. In the past, it proved to work better to divide the hikes. Much of the planning for our outdoor events depends on the weather. The schedule will be posted, as noted below, and the weather will have the strongest say in the matter.

      September 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A spot has opened up for one person in a double bed in Annie's cabin for $105. You have to climb up a ladder to get to the loft where there are three separate beds. Note: This cabin is co-ed.
    Annie cabin has a bathroom, kitchen and living room, but it is a rustic old log cabin from the 1800's with a woodstove. Has a porch with swing and picnic table and fire ring outside facing the river.

    Contact me directly if you are interested ([masked])

    September 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    i can hold off until tomorrow to turn in the last tent site - one more left!

    September 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Helen, there will be one soon! We had two ladies cancel. As soon as I get the details I will let you know.

      September 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Helen - There is a spot now available - check your email!

      September 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would love to go and am willing to fill a last-minute vacancy and reimburse you if another woman has to cancel. Call[masked]

    September 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Margie - I never cashed your check for $117 so I will now tear it up to make it easier for you.

      September 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      There is a spot now available in Richard's Retreat.

      September 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is there a bed still somewhere???

    June 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      One spot is available - check your email.

      September 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The schedule will be posted on the door of Barb's House on Friday. The Crabtree hike is on Saturday. The welcome bonfires will be at Richard's Retreat on Friday and Saturday since we have a hot tub there and we can build a large bonfire there as well.
    More to come......

    September 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Folks - Please read Sharon's email below. One spot left!

    September 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Well...second tent can be put up at each camp site for an extra $4 fee.

      September 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ask Sharon beforehand unless you are reserving directly to ensure we don't start a commune out there.

      September 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have only one tent site left and that is #22. I know that the campground is completely booked and are turning people away. If no one needs #22 i need to turn it back in this weekend

    September 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Sharon...I'll take tent site #22. Thanks!

      September 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      email me ([masked]) or call me [masked]) please

      September 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    site T2 opened back up so i still have one available

    September 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sign me up. If there is a cabin available I will take it. If not, tent site #20 looks pretty good. Or if someone wants to share a tent site, that would work too...Helen

    September 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      If you contact Sharon by email or phone and work out the logistics to pay for site # 20 then it is yours. Tomorrow Sharon has to return those that are not taken......

      September 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just a reminder if anyone is interested in a tent site at the campground. i have sites T2, 3 (taken), 16 (taken), 20, and 22. I need to turn in the unused this weekend!
    http://www.crabtreefallscampground.com/index.html
    pics:http://www.campsitephotos.com/campground/Crabtree-Falls

    September 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Well, everyone is aware of this offer, so you will have to do what is best for you when the weekend comes. They do know that there are absolutely no other lodgings available anywhere in the area on this weekend, so this is it.

      September 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is there any openings in one of the cabins at this point? Sounds like a great weekend but I may be late. Let me know! Thanks. Dave

    August 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Contact Sharon.

      September 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    i have reserved 5 tent sites at Crabtree Falls Campground the 18th and 19th. It is just across the street from the cabins, and some spots are right on the water. I went ahead and reserved them so that no one would be left out. the website is: http://www.crabtreefallscampground.com/index.html
    and you can see more pics at: http://www.campsitephotos.com/campground/Crabtree-Falls

    Dave, the VERY nice man with whom i spoke (I think the owner) said most sites can fit 2 tents. It is $25 a night. (extra $4 charge for a second tent at site)
    if you are interested in a site here email me at [masked]
    i need to cancel by Sept 14 any un-needed sites to avoid fee.

    August 31, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I will tell folks to contact you for these sites!

      September 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      anyone can call me as well: [masked]

      September 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If anyone has an extra bed, please call me at[masked], as I need one. As Bob says, Crabtree Falls and the area are beautiful. I have been there in the past. Thanks.

    August 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ok, thanks Bob

      September 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    i just signed up - kinda late i know - are there any spaces available in the cabins? Is anyone staying at the campground? Or some other place?

    August 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sharon, I'm not going to make it. If Bob is okay with it, you could take my place in their cabin.

      September 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I am okay with it. Write to me offline about this swap. I am at [masked]

      September 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Folks - We know that cross-posting of events without getting approval from the event host can lead to problems, and using an event for commercial purposes without the host's permission can violate the Meetup terms of service agreement. Moreover, one of the purposes for posting a profile picture is so that all attendees know who will be coming to the event. It would not be good if a banned member is able to gain access to our events by coming to them without our knowledge. This particular Meetup event is strictly for the "Over 40 and Kicking It Up Adventure and Social Group" with the guests being family members, close friends, or significant others. If anyone uses this event for more than a personal social activity with the members of this specific group, that will be cause for removal.

    August 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Folks - Since the five cabins are booked at Crabtree Falls, I urge people looking for housing to explore other nearby alternatives. The longer one waits, however, the less there will be: http://www.nelsoncounty-va.gov/buscat/lodging/

    1 · January 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Here is a good resource to use if you are looking for space.

      August 20, 2013

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