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Crabtree Falls Hike – Kath Eats Actual Meals

Final Friday we took the children mountaineering to Crabtree Falls and to a brand new farmhouse brewery known as Camp Trapezium. Right here’s the recap!

Final Friday the boys had a instructor workday and so we headed into the nation – deep into the nation – for some springtime mountaineering. Whereas the bushes have been all nonetheless naked (which made it simple to see farther throughout the mountains!) and it regarded like winter, it was truly virtually 70 levels. We have been very sweaty on the high!

This was Birch’s first actual hike and he did GREAT! We borrowed this tremendous good mountaineering backpack from our buddies, and he spent about 25% of the hike in it (most of that coming again down the mountain). However he LOVED the hike and was buzzing to himself the entire time! Mazen loves something outdoorsy so he was in nature heaven too. 

Crabtree Falls Hike

It takes about an hour to drive from Charlottesville to the path head. They’ve tenting websites there alongside the river that Thomas and the boys wish to return to (not me lol!) It prices $5 money to enter the hike, FYI!

Crabtree Falls are literally the best vertical-drop cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi River. They’re tremendous lovely and spectacular, and there are locations to cease and sit and watch alongside the path. It’s about 1.7 miles to the highest of the falls, and there are mile markers alongside the way in which. It will get fairly steep at instances with stairs, however the path is wooded and mild total with some rocky elements to hike over. 

Thomas and I hiked Crabtree Falls collectively again in August of 2017 – the day that Charlottesville was invaded, truly. 

Right here we go!

Birch was not comfortable about going into the backpack for the steep stairs – 

A cave!

Getting increased – 

View from the highest

Made it!

His footwear bought fairly muddy and moist on the hike – we didn’t have toddler mountaineering footwear in thoughts and thought he could be within the pack a lot of the day!

I’ve these Merrell MQM Flex mountaineering footwear – they’re nice! Waterproof and secure. 


We didn’t have cell service the entire hike, and once we left we needed to get instructions to our dinner spot! I broke out my Virginia map, Clifford model, and navigated us again into cell tower territory 🙂 

Camp Trapezium 

For dinner we headed south to Camp Trapezium in Amherst! We have been invited to come back strive their beers and have an early dinner, and it was an excellent addition to our hike. Thanks for internet hosting us! That is their second location that opened in June 2021. The unique location is in a renovated coal plant and ice home in Petersburg. 

We did change out of our sweaty garments within the automotive to clean up first. Properly, a few of us modified 😉 

Previous Farmhouse

The brewery and restaurant are situated in an previous mill formerly often known as the Amherst Milling Firm. The mill dates again to the 1800s! The constructing is kind of cool. In addition they have a working farm on 3 acres of the 76 acres of the property. Our dinner salad had contemporary spring lettuce, and they’re rising mushrooms and different veggies to go on the pizzas! And the pesto is made there – it’s value a go to alone! 

There are picnic tables out again beneath string lights. The boys cherished with the ability to rise up and run round earlier than and after consuming. 

Nice Beer

Thomas and I have been very thirsty after our hike, and these beers hit the spot! T cherished the Fortunate 45 New England IPA.

I did a taster flight and LOVED all 4. Significantly nice beer!

  • Houseboat Blonde Ale
  • Pulp Free (beer meets mimosa!)
  • Fortunate 25 American Brown
  • New England IPA

Foolish Boys

Starters: Dips + Bavarian Pretzel

The Trio Of Dips have been really useful, and OMG they have been so good. That pesto! And the beer cheese! And hummus! And the bread was sliced pizza dough. I cherished it a lot. 

We additionally bought the pretzel, which the children inhaled.

Thomas and I shared the salad with farm-grown lettuce. 


The dough used for his or her Neapolitan-style pizza is home made, and their home made sauce options farm-grown tomatoes and herbs. Enjoyable reality: they’ve an all-female farming crew!

Each pizzas have been delish, and we had leftovers for lunch the subsequent day.

Heat Milk + Cookies

Thomas stunned the boys with heat cookies and milk for dessert. Nonetheless gooey from the oven.

Air B&B

Since Amherst is a little bit of a hike (ha!) from Charlottesville, in case you needed to remain the evening they’ve an 8-room Air B&B farmhouse property too! You’ll be able to lease rooms by the evening or the entire home for an occasion. 

On our drive dwelling, we saved saying how refreshing it was to get off the sofa and out into nature. We had an excellent journey with the boys! I undoubtedly suggest these two spots as a day journey itinerary.

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