Cascades Trail

EASY 94 reviews
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Cascades Trail is a 0.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near West Jefferson, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
0.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
101 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
11 days ago

Nice walk for the family plus dog.

1 month ago

Big payoff for only a short hike. Rarely do you get to view a waterfall from the top vantage point and this one doesn't disappoint. You really can't hike to the bottom but views from the top are special. I consider this an easy hike but it is mostly uphill on the return.

hiking
3 months ago

We connected two short trails (Tompkins Knob and Cascades) to make a nice little hour long hike. The Cascades were gorgeous all frozen over in early January. Liked adding Tompkins on just to add a little to the hike. Very easy hike for all ages and ability levels.

hiking
4 months ago

Great waterfall at Cascade Trail. Great scenic overhangs too.

hiking
5 months ago

Short nice hike with beautiful waterfall.

hiking
5 months ago

Our kids loved it. Quick and easy hike.

hiking
6 months ago

Short pretty hike. Well worth the walk

6 months ago

This is more of a walk than a hike but beautiful nonetheless. Great one for kids.

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail, easy hike. My daughters had a wonderful time.

7 months ago

Fun loop with a well established trail. Falls are nice but you can only go halfway down them. Swimming is not an option. Worth the effort!

7 months ago

Great short loop. Slippery after rain be careful!

hiking
7 months ago

One of the most beautiful waterfalls I have ever seen. Pretty easy hike as well.

7 months ago

Easy trail for any age and most ability groups. Not advised for anyone with balance concerns, knee, hip or ankle injuries.

90% shaded, water features, semi solid trail/ packed small grain gravel.

8 months ago

Easy walking loop with informative signs about the trees and shrubs. Love the sound of the babbling brook and waterfalls. Stone steps down to waterfall hardest part (little tricky on the knees), but well worth the sight and sounds! Would love to come back when the flowers are in bloom, May-June.

8 months ago

Short hike but definitely worth it with views of the falls.

9 months ago

a nice short hike for the family but have lots of steep steps to see the falls.

9 months ago

Great hike for the entire family.

hiking
9 months ago

Lovely trail, but I would not call it "easy". The steps up and down to the base of the waterfall are very steep, uneven, slippery, windy and sometimes have no handrail. The majority of the trail is flat but this optional section is a bit tough! It is worth the trek as the waterfall is beautiful

hiking
9 months ago

Short, easy, pretty hike. Stairs down to waterfall a little slick, but worth the effort.

9 months ago

Easy hike with great payoff. A doe crossed right in front of us on the trail, it was a beautiful thing!

hiking
10 months ago

Gorgeous waterfall but very crowded trail. But they have a lot of plant identification signs which were interesting to read

hiking
11 months ago

10/10 creek gbs

hiking
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Cute little hike. Easy but very rewarding!! Falls were beautiful

hiking
Saturday, April 15, 2017

Did this trail with my 16 and 13yr old boys. Absolutely beautiful! Easy to find right off the Blue Ridge Parkway. We took it a little further and went off the trail. About 500 ft down the waterfall. There is another trail headed down but rarely used and extremely rugged. Water was flowing great. One of the best waterfalls I've seen in NC.

Saturday, April 01, 2017

The hike is nice but west Jefferson is not lol

Sunday, October 23, 2016

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
Wednesday, October 12, 2016

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
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Went alone, pleasantly surprised!

hiking
Saturday, September 10, 2016

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.

hiking
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

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.

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