Cascades 66 Foot Waterfall Hike Trail

EASY 38 reviews

Cascades 66 Foot Waterfall Hike Trail is a 3.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Pembroke, VA that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and fishing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.8 miles 789 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

fishing

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forest

river

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waterfall

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The Cascades National Recreation Trail is a highly scenic, easy to moderate 4 or 5 mile out and back round-trip trail features a shaded mountain creek to a 66-foot waterfall within Jefferson National Forest. Cascades 66 Foot Waterfall Hike is the same trail as the Cascades National Recreation Trail, a highly scenic, easy to moderate 4 or 5 mile out and back round-trip trail featuring a shaded mountain creek to primarily a cascading waterfall within Jefferson National Forest. Near Pembroke in Southwest VA, the hike up the lower trail travels 2 miles along Little Stony Creek before reaching the 66 lower falls and in another half-mile the Upper Cascades. Travel uphill another 2 miles and reach a view of the New River Valley from 700 cliffs at Barneys Wall (8 mile RT and 1600 elevation gain). The trail begins to the right of the bathroom and Information Center at the far end of the Cascades parking lot. Go across the first bridge and take the lower trail as it is the more scenic route. If you want, you can return on the upper trail to get a different view of the creek. The lower trail travels alongside the creek for a mile before reaching the second bridge and rejoining the upper trail. From the 2nd bridge to the lower falls is another mile. The lower falls is a turn-around point or you can continue to the Upper Cascades and/or Barneys Wall. To continue to the Upper Cascades and Barneys Wall, head up the wooden stairs to the left opposite the falls observation deck. In about 200 yards reach an open area with a sign post showing the Conservancy Trail, a 0.4 mile fire road. At the fork in the road bear left and take another left in about 50 yards at the Conservancy Trail sign post. This trail is Yellow-blazed and crosses a small creek and reaches the Barneys Wall intersection on the left in 1.1 miles. The trail to Barneys Wall is also yellow-blazed and passes through a few stands of Hemlocks, and just before the cliffs take the trail past the campsite to the right. Barneys Wall features a view of the New River Valley looking towards Blacksburg. If you take the right at the fork exactly one half mile above the lower falls there is an unmarked but well established path that leads downhill to the Upper Cascades located about a tenth of a mile down the hill.

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3 months ago

Easy hike and very scenic. Only gave it a 4 because of the amount of people in the water and on the rock making it a little complicated to navigate. Hike another 2 miles to go to Barney's Wall! So worth it. Go up the stairs and turn left then follow the signs. Grab a hiking stick!

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3 months ago

pretty hike, glorious waterfall

3 months ago

not hard at all! nice waterfall

3 months ago

My favorite waterfall hike I have done to date. It is beautiful all year around. I have heard it is beautiful in the winter when it freezes over. I wish I lived closer to see that.

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3 months ago

Wonderful and very well kept trail. No shortage of breathtaking views and excitement. Honestly want to go again in the fall and spring. The falls are more than worth it!

4 months ago

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4 months ago

Beautiful leisurely hike.

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4 months ago

beautiful views. highly recommend.

4 months ago

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4 months ago

second trip up this year took my nephew the water was up but still great views n good hike we did see a bear cup above the fall's also

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5 months ago

Very well maintained and a nice two hour hike.

5 months ago

Trail well maintained and very easy the falls is worth the hike weekend are busy though

5 months ago

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6 months ago

Great walk with high traffic, at least on the day I went. The walk to the falls is great, a good workout and the falls were worth the effort.

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9 months ago

The view with the snow was work the cold hike. Absolutely beautiful.

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9 months ago

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9 months ago

Beautiful winter hike with lots of ice and snow along the trail! Took the lower trail to the falls and the upper trail back. So pretty. Nice bathroom facilities at trailhead. $3 fee. Worth every step!