Cascades 66 Foot Waterfall Hike Trail

EASY 90 reviews

Cascades 66 Foot Waterfall Hike Trail is a 3.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Pembroke, Virginia 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.

DISTANCE
3.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
787 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

fishing

hiking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

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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26 days ago

Gorgeous views from beginning to end with lots of fun to be had in the water along the way. Picturesque spots are abundant.

28 days ago

this Trail is beautiful all year round. and the winter time you get to look at the Frozen waterfall and the beautiful winter trees. And the spring and summer time it's great to hike up to the waterfall and play in the waterfall and pond underneath. In the fall it's beautiful to look at all of the turning leaves.

fly fishing
1 month ago

We took a group of Scouts here and had great success fishing the native brook trout in the ever-climbing waters. Beautiful stream and hike that should be tackled by any skill level, although it gets pretty crowded at the falls mid-afternoon. Would like to return for an early morning view of the falls.

1 month ago

Great trail. Very well maintained.

1 month ago

took the lower trail and it was so beautiful. next time i will take the upper trail and compare. one of the nicest hikes ive been on.

1 month ago

This is a beautiful hike that I have enjoyed since childhood. I only regret that I forgot the end of the trail near the falls was not stroller friendly. My toddler ended up turning around with his dad to head back because our stroller just wasn't going to make the last part with stone steps.

Don't repeat our mistake. Baby wear!

hiking
1 month ago

We loved this trail. I had a 7 and 11 year old in tow. We took the lower trail on the way there. Lots of steps in the last half to the falls. My 7 year old grew a little weary of them, but did fine. It follows close to the creek the entire length. The fall was beautiful. The kids cooled off around the water and we took the upper trail back. Upper trail was easy and quick walk back to the start. Saw plenty of dogs and hikers of all ages. Highly recommend.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

This was a great hike. i did the bottom trail which goes along the creek and it was absolutely beautiful. although it says this was an easy hike i would say it was moderate. make sure to bring enough water, there is nowhere to get water in the park area.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful sight at the end! :)

1 month ago

Amazing waterfall at the end of the trail. Totally worth it!

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail for families. Lower trail has beautiful scenery along the river.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Upper trail is easy and gradual climb but boring. Lower trail is right along the stream with 2 bridges and truly exceptional scenery. I would say lower trail is moderate.

1 month ago

Beautiful hike, all along water, great for dogs, not very hard

hiking
1 month ago

beautiful!!! i split the hike between the upper and lower trails.

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