Crab Orchard Branch - Crab Orchard Falls

Crab Orchard Branch, Virginia, US


Crab Orchard Falls

Usual Difficulty IV(V) (for normal flows)
Length 0.25 Miles

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
usgs-03529500 3000 - 20000 cfs IV(V) 01h07m 268 cfs (too low)

River Description

This micro creek is a trib of the Guest River Gorge near Coeburn VA. Use the same parking access as you would for the Guest to get to Crab Orchard Branch via the Guest River Gorge trail. From the parking area, it is about 1 mile to the trailhead for Crab Orchard Branch. Look for a small footpath cutting away from the main trail to the left, if you cross a small bridge turn around because you just missed the trail by a few steps.

Crab Orchard is a good high-water alternative when all of the other creeks are SCARY high. Its short length makes it a great spot to run laps on its main drop. After scouting your way, get ready for a FUN ride. This falls drops about 25'.

It wouldn't be a bad idea to have someone at the bottom right of the falls with a rope so any potential situations can be averted here. It wouldn't be a pretty sight chasing boats/bodies out to the Guest at high water.
This drop can be hucked all day long when the creek has the water, so enjoy it if you catch it running!


Lat/longitude coordinates are approximate, from TopoQuest.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2010-11-21 12:00:51


Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.5Crab Orchard FallsIV+Hazard Waterfall

Rapid Descriptions

Crab Orchard Falls (Class IV+, Mile 0.5)
20-25' falls. Run this drop center or right center. Do not go left. The drop is backed up by a large slab of rock not too far out from the lip of the falls.

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