Falling Springs Falls is a well-kept secret of Covington, Virginia, hidden away five miles north on highway 220. Several years ago when a road trip took me through Clifton Forge, a shop-keeper asked if we had seen it, and that if not, “don’t leave the area until you do,” was his admonition. Asking directions from locals seemed the most logical way to find the falls, and eventually our efforts were rewarded in discovering the magnificent view at the parking turn out at the top of the mountain.
Falling Springs Falls
I have always loved being around water. It doesn’t matter whether its a creek, stream, lake, river, ocean – or a waterfall. Just as there are floods, hurricanes, and natural disasters that sometimes bring an abundance of waters that are unwelcome, so it is with life experiences. There are times when events sweep over us like a mighty roaring river and can emotionally drown our spirits. Isn’t it good to know in those moments that God is in the midst of even those circumstances. We are never alone whatever the situation.
I stood at the rock wall above the falls – listening. Observing. Being still. Even at a great distance the spray was carried by the wind and touched our faces with cool refreshment. My mother-in-law, 94 years young at that time, was visiting the falls for the first time. She continually commented about the incredible beauty. “I’ve never seen anything more beautiful”, “It’s just so beautiful”. Of course this was after we had wound our way all over the mountain on narrow remote roads that seemed to go on and on forever. To that experience her comments were more like, “we’ll be lost up here forever and no one will ever hear from us again.” I just had to keep reminding her that the shop-keeper promised it would be worth the trip.
And “Worth the Trip” is an understatement
The beauty of continual rushing waters cascading 80 feet to the boulders below held our undivided attention.
Watching the power of these mighty waters as they roared on their downward path, reminded me that God in His power knows the paths of my life. I cannot help but place my trust in Him when circumstances of life may roar and trouble my heart.
Perhaps you are hearing the roar of troubled water in your life today. If so, let me suggest you read Psalm 46 and be encouraged that God is your refuge and strength and a very present help in time of trouble.
If you are traveling into the Alleghany Mountains in Virginia, I encourage you to add a side trip into Covington, Virginia. Just five miles north of Covington on Route 220 there will be an overlook with ample, safe parking where you may view the falls. It is completely handicapped accessible. In the past there was a trail leading to the top of the falls, but has more recently been posted with a “Keep Out” sign.
Have you discovered a water falls that is off the beaten path? I’m always looking for the unexpected discovery as I journey. I’d love to hear of a discovery you have made.
While you’re in the area, be sure to check out the Historic Humpback Covered Bridge.