Cascades Trail

EASY 40 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.

0.7 miles 141 feet Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

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5 months 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.

5 months ago

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5 months 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!

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6 months ago

Went alone, pleasantly surprised!

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6 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.

6 months ago

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7 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.

7 months ago

enjoyable easy access

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7 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.

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7 months ago

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8 months ago

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

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8 months ago

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8 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...

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8 months ago