Upper Cascades Falls and Rock Garden Trail

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Hanging Rock State Park

Upper Cascades Falls and Rock Garden Trail is a 0.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Danbury, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from January until February. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length0.8 miElevation gain95 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashWheelchair friendlyKid friendlyStroller friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingForestPartially pavedRiverViewsWaterfall
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Short trail leading to the scenic Hanging Rock State Park Upper Cascades Falls, also passes by the accessible Rock Garden trail. Accessibility: According to the park website, the paved asphalt Rock Garden trail is considered accessible for wheelchairs/mobility equipment and strollers and is typically at least four feet wide. It has a mostly gentle grade. Past this point, the surface turns to gravel and it becomes steeper, with a max grade of 15% at about 0.3 miles. Where the grade increases has been marked on the map with a waypoint and just the most accessible portion can be viewed on its own trail page here: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/north-carolina/rock-garden-trail

Ample parking at the west end of the Visitor Center Parking area. Adjacent to full Visitor Center.

Located near the Visitor Center at Hanging Rock State Park, NC. Ref: http://www.ncparks.gov/hanging-rock-state-park

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Emmaleigh D
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WalkingGreat!

Flat gravel walk out to the waterfall and not far at all. The water was pretty cold and the rocks in the water were slippery. A must see! Went on a Tuesday afternoon around 2pm and we were the only ones.

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Sherri Thacker
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HikingGreat!

We loved this trail. We got there at 10 Am on a weekday and by 1 pm it was a lot busier. Very easy trail and well marked. A beautiful waterfall at the end!

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Blair Kephart
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Hiking

Waterfall was super cool, not too hard of a hike. A good 30 minute stop. Fun to dip your feet in the water at the bottom of the falls.

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Vincent Otero
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Will Crowden
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Hiking

good easy hike. beautiful falls

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E W
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Amy Hughes
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Lovely!!

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Jeffery&Brittany Ross
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Alyson Rorem
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HikingGreat!

Fun little trail that's easy to access and explore. The path to the Rock Garden is softly covered with pine needles and nice and wide. It's suitable for a variety of skill levels and would be a lovely place to take younger kids to have fun amongst the boulders climbing about. Upper Cascades is also an easy hike with a wide, stone covered trail and very little decline/incline. If you want to explore the waterfall area, that is more suitable for higher skill levels as it is not accessible to all. The view of the falls is lovely from the platform though! Plus there are ample benches that provide a great view of the falls and ridge.

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Katy T
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great trail!!!

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E W
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Kathryn Fox
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Yvette Bernard
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Hiking

Nice trail with pretty view of Cascade Falls. Loved playing in the Rock Garden.

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Scott Danner
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Christopher Lentzen
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Waterfall was stellar

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Stacey Duncan
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a little chilly out there today.

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Katie Franklin
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Larry Hursey III
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Ian McGregor
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HikingGreat!

Simple hike, fun waterfall at the bottom. Nice that there are stairs to get down to the water itself!

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Eryn Johnson
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Hiking

great nature walk. pretty easy for all abilities. nice platform overlook at the end. just be careful the wet wood is super slick! nice view of the falls with minimal effort.

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Gina Difino
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Sherri Terry
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Good short hike

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Sean Vestal
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Great...a bit foggy as we had an early start. https://youtu.be/7FPc4ncT_T8

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Lenae Scafidi
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HikingGreat!
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Dom H.
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HikingGreat!

best waterfall!! highly recommend 10/10

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Mike Henley
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Greg Fenwick
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Decent

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Megan Frederick
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Sheila Birchfield
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good

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Steven Sumner
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Amazing. Very easy trail with no traffic on a Monday morning. Waterfalls were easy to access. Highly recommended.

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