Rip Rap Hollow - Swim near Grottoes, Virginia
38.1701, -78.79362
6.9 miles S of Grottoes, Virginia
GPS: 38°10'12.4"N 78°47'37.0"W
Maps | Directions
State: Virginia


An easy hike to a beautiful swimming hole! A primo swimming hole experience! A small falls into very large, deep pool with crystal clear water.Courtesy of

Bathing suits: May be optional depending on solitude or crowd

For more information, visit:

Add Reference URL

Link to another great resource

  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel & camp on durable surfaces
  3. Dispose of waste properly
  4. Leave what you find
  5. Minimize campfire impacts
  6. Respect wildlife
  7. Be considerate of other visitors


From Grottoes, Virginia

  1. Head northwest on 8th St toward Dogwood Ave (79 ft)
  2. Turn left at the 1st cross street onto Dogwood Ave (0.3 mi)
  3. Turn left onto VA-256 E/3rd St
    Continue to follow VA-256 E
    (0.5 mi)
  4. Turn right onto US-340 S/Augusta Ave
    Continue to follow US-340 S
    (5.1 mi)
  5. Turn left onto State Rte 616 (1.2 mi)
  6. Keep left (0.7 mi)
  7. Continue straight (0.5 mi)

The Rip Rap Falls swimming hole is on the Rip Rap Trail which goes from Skyline Drive down to RT 612 north of Waynesboro near I-64. You can hike it from either end; the hike up from RT 612 below is shorter and easier.

From below: Take I-81 to I-64 east at Staunton. Take I-64 east to exit 96 then take RT 340 north about 8.5 miles to RT 612 east near Crimora. Take RT 612 east for 1.7 miles to a left hand turn at a road signed "Black Bear Lane", also has a very small neighborhood watch sign. Take this left turn and go for about .1 mile then see a "private road" sign and a concrete post indicating "Rip Rap Trail". Go left again for about .9 miles to the end of this road at the trailhead. Park and hike up Rip Rap Trail (easy, level hike) about 1.7 miles to the falls and pool. Very confident. Verified. Updated 2/18/2003.

From above: From Skyline Drive, milepost 90, park at the Rip Rap Trail parking area. Follow a short trail about 100 yards to the main Appalachian Trail. Turn right and hike the AT about .4 miles to the Rip Rap Trail. Turn left and hike down the Rip Rap trail. It is 2-3 miles down this trail to the carved rock swimming holes. All told, it is 8-9 miles round trip to go down and back, pretty strenuous.Courtesy of

to add photos & videos and suggest edits

Guest Review/Comments

Edit Review Delete Review
Reply Cancel

Other Swimming Holes Nearby

Add Location

Sugar Hollow

Crozet, Virginia

3.0 miles SE

The North Fork and South Fork of the Moorman's River in Shenandoah N.P. (accessed from Waynesboro-Charlottesville area) have numerous excellent swimming holes......


swim Swimming Hole

Charlottesville Area

Williamsville, Virginia

13.0 miles E

Two nice swimming places north of Charlottesville. For details... Fees: Yes


swim Swimming Hole

Pauls Creek

Nellysford, Virginia

17.7 miles S



swim Swimming Hole

Natural Chimneys

Mount Solon, Virginia

20.5 miles NW

There are several fairly shallow swimming places in the river here that are frequented by people camping in the Natural Chimneys Regional Park....


swim Swimming Hole

Mountain Run

Keezletown, Virginia

22.9 miles N

Also known as "Fridely Gap Hole". Great little swimming hole at bottom of low, broad falls. About 20 feet wide, waist to chest deep, surrounded by rocks....


swim Swimming Hole

Stokesville Area

Madison, Virginia

23.1 miles NW

Two swimming holes in the North River...


swim Swimming Hole

Campbell Creek

Tyro, Virginia

23.4 miles SW

Swimming places in creek, pool at bottom of falls and others nearby. A 6 miles hike, round trip, much on the AT and a good bit of elevation change to get there. Good if...


swim Swimming Hole

St. Mary's Falls

Raphine, Virginia

23.5 miles SW

This is a very beautiful wide but low falls with several swimming pools. NOTE: AS OF 4/2006 THIS TRAIL IS IN VERY POOR CONDITION FROM FLOODING - BUT PASSABLE WITH SOME DIFFICULTY. HERE IS A...


swim Swimming Hole

Rapidan Rivers

Madison, Virginia

29.7 miles NE

There are numerous large, deep great swimming holes along these two rivers accessible by an easy hike up to the junction of the rivers then up either river a short...


swim Swimming Hole

Big Rock Falls

Syria, Virginia

30.1 miles NE

A very nice, easy and pretty hike in the Shenandoah N. P. (about 3 miles round trip) to a lovely little falls with a nice little swimming hole at the bottom. Sliding...


swim Swimming Hole

Big Marys Creek Slide

Vesuvius, Virginia

30.5 miles SW

This is a very beautiful sliding place in a rock trough hollowed out by a small falls with a pool at the bottom. Can be busy with VCU college students and kids from a...


swim Swimming Hole

Shoe Creek

Roseland, Virginia

31.0 miles SW

Creek with multiple small falls and pools below for swimming.


swim Swimming Hole

Old Rag Area

Crewe, Virginia

34.5 miles NE

There are numerous (we list 6 locations) swimming holes at the bottom of falls and elsewhere in rivers in the East Central region of the Shenandoah National Park, in the...


swim Swimming Hole

Blue Hole Bergton

Bergton, Virginia

41.2 miles N

NOTE: The terrain has been changed here in recent years by flooding - there used to be a swimming hole here all summer, but now it is gone late in the summer when the...


swim Swimming Hole

Panther Falls

Amherst, Virginia

41.9 miles SW

Beautiful falls with several deep swimming places. THERE ARE HIDDEN ROCKS AND STRONG CURRENTS HERE AND THERE HAVE BEEN FATALITIES. I recommend that you swim only in...


swim Swimming Hole

Bullpasture Gorge

Williamsville, Virginia

43.4 miles W

Long-time local swimming place in a bend within the beautiful gorge of the Bullpasture River. Wooden ladder up a tree with (sometimes) a high rope to swing from - be...


swim Swimming Hole

Ben Salem Wayside

Lexington, Virginia

43.7 miles SW

Deep place in river at roadside picnic area is local swimming hole. Easy on/off if you get overheated while traveling on I-81. Stop at a cool, shady place for a picnic...


swim Swimming Hole

Piney River

Sperryville, Virginia

46.6 miles NE

There are said to be numerous swimming holes along this river, one at the foot of a waterfall. (I have hiked down here about 3.5 miles, to where the trail crosses the...


swim Swimming Hole

Rock Mills

Castleton, Virginia

49.0 miles NE

NOTE: We received this note in 8/2014: "This is private property belonging to Mount Lebanon Baptist Church on Scrabble Rd. Permits are needed to be on the property."...


swim Swimming Hole

More Similar Arenas Near Rip Rap Hollow:

Swimming Holes Things to Do

Embed Arena

Where do you plan to embed this code?

<script src=""></script>


Add an Arena

Just some quick info about this location to get started...

New Collection

Update Review


Edit Your Experience

Log Your Visit to This Location

We've logged that you went. Is there anything else you want to add?

Thank you for your review/comment

We've recorded your comments. Is there anything else you want to add?

By recording your visit on, you'll have a collection of all the great places you've been and provide valuable information for yourself and others in the future.

Have you been to this location?


Donate to the Cause

We're trying to get people off their couches and off their phones to responsibly enjoy the great outdoors. It takes a lot of work to populate, curate, develop, and market our website and mobile application. Even the smallest contribution can go a long ways towards helping this all happen faster and better. Thank you!