Steeles Tavern isn't Far from George Washington National Forest

Home to more than a million acres is George Washington National Forest. There are four different Ranger Districts within this National Forest: Glenwood-Pedlar, Eastern Divide, James River and Warm Springs. BBOnline recommends visiting this vast National Forest to fish, hike, picnic and take in magnificent scenic views. There is an abundance of natural playground to enjoy during your stay at a Steeles Tavern Bed and Breakfast.

Crab Tree Falls Trail

Glenwood and Pedlar Ranger Districts
11581 Crabtree Falls Hwy.
Montebello, VA 24464
(540) 291-2188

BBOnline highly recommends a visit to Crab Tree Falls; it is conveniently located close to your Steeles Tavern Inn. Crab Tree Falls is known as the highest waterfall east of the Mississippi River and is recognized as the most beautiful in all the entire state of Virginia. Located off of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Crabtree Falls is a compilation of five major cascades along with a few smaller ones. The first overlook is just a few hundred feet from the parking area along a paved trail, making for easy accessibility for all ages. The more adventurous hiker has the option to hike a three-mile trail to the other four overlooks. These overlooks offer magnificent views of the Falls as well as the Tye River Valley. The trail is open sunup to sundown.

Spy Rock
Glenwood and Pedlar Ranger Districts
(540) 291-2188

A few miles past Crab Tree Falls is Spy Rock, home to majestic 360 degree views of The Priest, The Cardinal and The Friar to name a few. This trail is around a mile and a half of moderate hiking and a bit of rock scrambling to reach the summit. The elevation at 3,700 feet is well worth the hike, which is around three miles. You can reach Spy Rock by traveling on V56 to SR690. From SR690 drive to the Montebello Fish Hatchery. Behind the hatchery in Montebello is the trailhead for Spy Rock.

Saint Mary's Wilderness
Glenwood and Pedlar Ranger Districts
(540) 291-2188

A 10-mile drive from your Steeles Tavern Bed and Breakfast will land you in Saint Mary's Wilderness. This wilderness is close to 10,000-acres and is the largest federal wilderness area in the state of Virginia. There are 17 miles of hiking trails, making this an excellent place for day hikes. The Wilderness is home to rhododendrons and mountain laurel among rocky trails leading up to St. Mary's Falls or abandoned mines. From south on the Blue Ridge Parkway turn right on a gravel road right after driving past mile marker 23. This gravel road has no signage. This will lead you to the parking area and kiosk. Most trails are marked as well as their junctions.

During your stay at a Steeles Tavern Inn there are many scenic views, hiking trails and waterfalls to visit in the George Washington National Forest. Maintop Mountain, Rocky Mountain and Yankee Horse Overlook Trail are a few more recommendations BBOnline suggests.