Cascades Trail

EASY 26 reviews
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Cascades Trail is a 0.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near West Jefferson, NC that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until October.

0.7 miles 165 feet Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

1 month ago

Pretty short, but worth it. A good running trail when combined with the Tompkins Knob Trail. It is just a little steep on the way back.

hiking
1 month ago

A great short loop that takes you to two wonderful vantage points directly next to Cascades Falls. It is a very family-friendly trail that includes many signs describing the various types of trees and vegetation along the way. I have hiked it twice...first last winter when the falls were partially frozen, and again a couple days ago on a beautiful fall day. I highly recommend this trail!

hiking
2 months ago

Went alone, pleasantly surprised!

hiking
2 months ago

Very short trail but it's pretty and well maintained. The views are great and the falls are pretty neat, falling right off the side of the mountain. Good spot for a picnic at the parking area.

2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Overall this is a nice trail that is easy to navigate. If your looking to take photos of the waterfall the vantage points are not ideal. The top viewing point is somewhat close for photos with little ability to take pictures with much of the waterfall. The bottom viewing point is a little better but again the angle is somewhat challenging to get a good photo. Attempts to go lower for a better photo of the waterfall is challenging.

3 months ago

enjoyable easy access

hiking
4 months ago

Short, fun trail. Easy access from Blue Ridge Parkway. Very good to do with kids. Make sure you don't follow the MST hiking signs...that will take you on a different trail.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Nice trail with really pretty falls and stream. Worth the hike!!

hiking
4 months ago

good, quick trail. Awesome view of the Cascades at the bottom. I only wish the had been some weight to play in the water...

5 months ago

a great hike a beautiful falls

5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Short but sweet. Trekking Poles are really handy for this hike due to the steps and unevenness of the trail.

5 months ago

Short and sweet but the cascades make it a great payoff!

trail running
6 months ago

Very nice, quiet and easy.

7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

It is an easy hike. I love the falls. My first visit was back in 1966 as an infant!!

8 months ago

Easy hike. Lots of difficult steps to navigate to see the falls but definitely worth it!

hiking
8 months ago

E.B. Jeffress Park’s Cascades Trail is a great 0.8 mile loop hike to a really nice falls. The interpretive trail is named for E.B. Jeffress, 1934 chairman of the state highway commission, who convinced the federal government to position the Blue Ridge Parkway on its current route. The trail leads to Falls Creek and downstream to Cascades Falls, aka “The Cascades,” a spectacular waterfall sliding down a cliff. Two overlooks give different perspectives of the falls. Be careful when taking pictures if you slide under the railing at the lower viewpoint for a better shot. Falls Creek eventually ends up in the W. Kerr Scott Reservoir and the Yadkin River. If you travel this section of the BRP, this stop at about MP 272 is definitely worth your time.