The Cascades Trail

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The Cascades Trail is a 1.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near North Adams, Massachusetts that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
285 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

hiking
1 month ago

There is no parking at the trail head. Park at the YMCA in North Adams and there are signs leading to the trail head. Trail is beautiful. With the snow melting the water was very high and some areas of the trail was under water and a little washed out. Worth a visit!! Beautiful!!

birding
3 months ago

Such a fantastic track, great in any weather and awesome for any difficulty, it becomes increasingly more difficult as you reach the falls but not enough to where beginners cannot complete it. went during the winter and during the summer and the trail is trafficked enough to see without any trouble but you kind of have the freedom to explore the woods. Would absolutely recommend, if i had any complaint parking is it, its in a suburb so it can be weird to maneuver well

5 months ago

A walk in the park along a stream. Can't get too close to the falls, but nice anyhow. Good for kids.

8 months ago

everything I want in a hike as a 50 something semi-in-shape nature lover: babbling water, well marked but unpaved trail, beautiful scenery and doesn't take the whole day to complete. uphill, with rocks and roots but manageable for me. challenging but enjoyable and beautiful.

8 months ago

One of our families favorites!

9 months ago

Super Awesome

10 months ago

Beautiful falls.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice short hike...the cascade was beautiful.

walking
11 months ago

Easy going, fairly steep slopes next to trail. Be cautious of loose stones, fairly tight when dry.

hiking
11 months ago

Parking is very limited at the end of Marion Ave with only several available spots. It is also located next to a private driveway so I highly recommend parking further down the street near the medium and walking to the entrance. Most of the hike to the waterfall is relatively easy, short and mostly flat. However, it gets more challenging at the very end with mud (after it rains), slippery rocks and a few steep hills. I would highly recommend wearing hiking boots (and bringing your camera) for this portion of the trail. The waterfall was beautiful, very photogenic and flowing nicely after all the recent rainfall. I liked that it wasn’t busy and is more of a hidden gem than other waterfalls in the area.

hiking
11 months ago

Easy hike. A little muddy and slippery today, but totally worth it!

Sunday, May 07, 2017

This is a lovely trail with plenty to see and just challenging enough to feel it's more than a stroll. But not overly challenging. There is one place where the trail looks like you have to either jump rocks in the river or go high up on a river bank to continue on. Unfortunately it had been raining quite a lot, and I tripped on a branch and fell, so I didn't feel confident enough to do either. So we turned back and missed the waterfall. Hoping to come back again and give it another try.

hiking
Friday, February 24, 2017

I live in this neighborhood and love the trail! Quiet, easy hike - tbh the woods are prettier than the falls but maybe I'm just used to them.

hiking
Sunday, November 20, 2016

A nice short hike. Never super busy (no parking). I tend to go there and take a book with me to relax at the waterfall. The water is really cold but try wading over to the base of the falls. There are some rocks on the side to sit on. My dog loves splashing around and playing fetch. Very easy trail.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Nice waterfall. Easy short walk next to the river.

walking
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Very beautiful for such a short walk out of town! Was a little hard to find as it is on the end of a street in a neighborhood but after that everything was great

walking
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Great

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Nice open trail with a beautiful waterfall . it's 1.6 round trip, not point to point, so an easy hike for anyone to try.

hiking
Thursday, May 12, 2016

This is a nice little trail, it's marked wrong on this site, it starts at the end of Marion Avenue, there is barely a parking area and starts basically in someone's back yard, either way if you find it its a beautiful easy out and back trail along the water and the waterfall at the end was gorgeous, saw lots of dogs, I'm not from the area but I bet it's a pretty active swimming hole in the summer time for locals

hiking
Wednesday, September 29, 2010

We loved this trail! It was perfect a perfect hike on a hot summer day. We hiked in (about 40 minutes with young children) and then spent almost 3 hours climbing the rocks and playing at the base of the waterfall.

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