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

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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 swimmingholes.org

Bathing suits: May be optional depending on solitude or crowd

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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)
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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 swimmingholes.org

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