My latest book - released June 2018
Your guide to the most beautiful waterfalls in the two Virginia's.
Countless waterfalls decorate the scenery across Virginia and West Virginia, from Dark Hollow Falls in Shenandoah National Park to the Falls of Hills Creek in the Monongahela National Forest. This revised and updated guidebook covers more than 150 of the most beautiful and impressive among them. Organized geographically and ranked by beauty, Waterfalls of Virginia and West Virginia makes it simple to find the best waterfalls in each state, as well as the ones nearest you.
In this informative guidebook, I feature all the information you need, including directions, distance, hike difficulty, and more. Professional photographs of every waterfall are paired with important details, including height, photography tips, and the best time of year to visit. A curated look at the locales, including not-to-miss sights and activities on-site, as well as things to do in the surrounding area, make this your essential guide to seeing the best waterfalls in Virginia and West Virginia!
This book prominently features 75 waterfalls in Virginia and 75 waterfalls in West Virginia, and for good measure, I throw in a dozen more selections at the end of each state's section. Obviously, this is not an exhaustive compilation of Virginia and West Virginia waterfalls, but I simply share with you a selection of the top waterfalls each state has to offer.
I love the layout and design of this book!
Within each state's region, the falls are featured according to three general categories: Top 10, Must-See, and More Falls. Naturally, the Top 10 Waterfalls are what I consider the 10 best waterfalls in each state, mostly due to their sheer beauty, but also due to consistent water flow and other factors. Each Top 10 Waterfall will be featured on four pages, with a two-page photo spread followed by two pages of information. The Must-See Waterfalls are also prominently featured with a full-page photo and a full page of information. The waterfalls in the More Falls category receive a little less exposure, with two waterfalls on one page, followed by information about each waterfall on the opposite page. Lastly, at the end of each state's section you will find 12 More Waterfalls to Explore; these waterfalls didn't quite make the cut for more recognition, but they are certainly worth seeking out if you are in the general area. Examples of each category are below.
Top 10 Photo Spread
Top 10 Info Spread
12 More Waterfalls to Explore
What others are saying . . .
"This is such a beautiful book of waterfalls! Expertly written with details about each plus explanations of easy to follow directions that will lead you to the sight of each of these wondrous cascades."
"It’s beautiful! Very nicely put together, spectacular photos throughout, lots of helpful and useful information and great quality! Get one if you love waterfalls! You won’t regret it!"
"What an outstanding piece of work! Beautiful photographs, GPS locations, tips on shooting the falls and much more! I’ve got hours of enjoyment at my fingertips and I can’t wait to learn all about these waterfalls!"
"Our books arrived today. Two old people sat on the back porch and leafed through the book making random comments about the beautiful pictures and the complete details of each waterfall. After seeing the book, we realize we should have ordered two more books. I will do that later today. You did an excellent job, Randy. Personally, my favorite part is the dedication."
"Oh my!! Randall Sanger this book is beautiful! Your hard work has paid off and you should be proud! I am going to study this book as if there were a test at the end!"
"So excited, I received my new waterfall book by Randall Sanger! This book is loaded with attractive waterfall images taken by Randy, and full of details about each fall. Y'all git one!"
"Pretty happy camper right now. Absolutely awesome book and well worth the wait. Congrats Randall!!"
"What a wonderful book and travel guide. I am a bit experienced with publishing, photography and travel. This is the best composite of all three that I have experienced."
"I received your new book today and I must say, it's great! The photos are amazing and the guide has tons of helpful information for finding the waterfalls. I wish more photography guidebooks were as well made."
"Amazing book that will keep me on the waterfall trail for a long time to come."
My first book - Released October 2010
Signed copies available here.
In our multi-award winning book West Virginia Waterfalls: The New River Gorge my coauthor, Ed Rehbein and I share beautiful photos as well as personal recollections and anecdotes of our time spent capturing each waterfall. This full color, coffee-table style book features over 100 images of the waterfalls of the New River Gorge region of West Virginia, as well as full color maps to each section of the New River Gorge. Included in the book is a black and white pull-out guidebook with maps, directions, difficulty levels and GPS coordinates to each waterfall pictured. I invite you to view sample images from the book below, and if you're interested in obtaining a signed copy for yourself or for a gift, please visit the link above.
What others are saying . . .
"Congratulations on all the awards, and I'm not surprised . . . Our book stays on our living room table and is enjoyed by many."
" . . . a combination of breathtaking photography and informative yet succinct details. It belongs on the coffee tables of outdoor enthusiasts and fine art lovers everywhere."
"Every one of all ages can appreciate the sheer beauty of one of nature's most delicate and breath-taking works of art, the waterfall. It wasn't until I experienced these glorious masterpieces through the pages of West Virginia Waterfalls: The New River Gorge that I could truly appreciate the natural beauty of the Mountain State."
"I thought I knew the Gorge like the back of my hand, was I ever wrong! I was surprised to find images of waterfalls I had never seen, and was impressed with the fresh takes of popular Gorge classics."
"Rehbein and Sanger's stunning photographs and delightful captions capture not only a host of compelling cascades, but also the authors' infectious joy at beholding them."
"Rehbein and Sanger have created a volume as beautiful and enchanting as the waterfalls it features."
"Randall, I received the books! Awesome photography, I knew WV was beautiful, just never knew how beautiful.. If someone is looking for a great Christmas gift, this is perfect!!!"
"A beautiful book I purchased as a present for my son who loves hiking and finding the awesome waterfalls of West Virginia. A wonderful coffee table book that many will enjoy."
"Being a waterfall hunter and a photographer, I have bought a lot of waterfall books, and I can say this is an absolutely wonderful book! A well-done waterfall book, and I wish all of them were as nicely done as this!"
"I got the book today and was very impressed. The pictures are breathtaking. Being a photographer I really liked the fact that the authors tell you how to get to these waterfalls."
"Randall and Ed did a wonderful job on this book! If you enjoy great natural beauty and water, you won't be disappointed with this one! The size of the book is nice (makes a great book to leave out on your coffee table for everyone to enjoy), the pictures are terrific and the comments that go along with each waterfall are enjoyable to read. So many people I have talked with who have never been to West Virginia have no idea there is such splendid beauty here! If you enjoy pretty much any type of outdoor activities, you can find them in West Virginia year around. I would highly recommend you get yourself a copy of this book, which will give you a small taste of what the Mountain State has to offer. Then, plan a trip and come see it for yourself! Thank you Randall and Ed for such a wonderful book which showcases the waterfalls of The New River Gorge area so well! Bravo! I almost forgot to add, included with this book is a leaflet which has maps and GPS coordinates for every waterfall in the book!"