Cascades Falls Trail is a 3.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Pembroke, Virginia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking 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: 711 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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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.

1 hour ago

Fantastic and perfect nature therapy. I took the lower falls trail up to the waterfall and on the way back took the upper trail. The waterfall is 688 feet, I believe and looks just as stunning in these photos. The stream is cold and refreshing. Lower falls trail is very lush with vegetation on side and the rushing babbling stream on your other . Cross bridges a few times. A few places can be slippery and with fallen trees, etc so not recommended for the very elderly. Amazing and definitely recommend this hike.

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4 days ago

So beautiful, but the water was Ice cube cold.

Absolutely beautiful trail! Went up to Barney’s wall and had lunch then down to the falls for a cold soak then took the lower trail for a more scenic and relaxing walk down.

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4 days ago

Gorgeous trail. There is a fee for parking ($3). Bathrooms are closed right now. We took upper trail in & lower trail out. Upper is steady incline on dirt trail above the river. Lower trail has ups & downs on stone trail that goes along the river. Both have their challenges and are lovely. The falls are gorgeous. Water is frigid but we did see a few people get in. Entire trek is under lots of tree cover, plenty of shade. Highly trafficked route.

6 days ago

Went again. Our favorite falls in the Blue Ridge. Hike is beautiful next to the river and is shaded. The Wall is absolutely amazing. This went swimming too. Love this place!

12 days ago

wow, wow, wow! just 3 cars in the parking lot when I arrived. def one of my favorite VA hikes. I don't know if it is always this gorgeous or the high water levels made it more so today. couple places the water crossed the trail but all passable.

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12 days ago

Great waterfall this is a must do trail

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13 days ago

Opened back up this weekend but water is very high so use caution. Several trees down, particularly on the upper trail. Totally worth it to see the waterfall after all this rain

13 days ago

I hiked years ago and it is excellent trail. Alltrails reported closure reported by member. I plan to call park office to confirm if open... their website does not show closed....several users reporting now open

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18 days ago

I hiked this trail near the end of summer a few years ago, so I can’t comment on the COVID-19 closure. It was a fun and relatively easy hike, though! The waterfall at the end was awesome and a welcome relief from the humidity. There’s a bathroom at the beginning of the trail, which I always appreciate.

21 days ago

what website are you using that says its closed? I can't find it

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22 days ago

Have done this a number of times. Never disappoints! Great morning or afternoon hike. The falls are beautiful! Not too difficult but can get crowded.

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1 month ago

The trail is amazing but keep in mind that it is CLOSED for real. The road to the parking lot is shut and they toll you if you park on the side of the road! There is nothing on the websites about it and they are not nice to talk to either, so dont get tempted people.

2 months ago

FYI the trail is currently closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19

recorded Recording - Mar 11, 04:37 PM

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3 months ago

Beautiful trail to the falls!!! The Lower Trail follows the creek and is absolutely beautiful!!! Definitely take that option on the way to the falls! Once we got close to the falls, everything was quite icy, so be prepared. The trail was also very muddy. We continued to Barney’s Wall, which has great views and offers solitude! (However, there are better views in the area.) We took the Upper Falls on the way back to avoid some of the ice. This is an easier path but not as gorgeous!

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3 months ago

THIS IS A 10 STAR TRAIL. NOT ONLY ARE YOU HIKING TO A AWESOME WATERFALL THE TRAIL IS FUN AND BEAUTIFUL. THE TREES, MOSS, ROCKS ALONG THE CREEK IS NOTHING BUT EYE CANDY. I HIKE IT ON A COOL, CLOUDY, LIGHT RAIN JANUARY DAY WITH NO SOUND BUT THE CREEK, WOODY PECKER AND MY OWN FEET. THE BEAUTY OF THE TRAIL MADE THE DAY PREFECT. ALL THIS AND A WATERFALL. TO ME THIS IS A HIKERS DREAM.

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muddy
4 months ago

Took the upper trail on a muddy day. Still very enjoyable and great scenes! Make sure to have 3 dollar for park fee!

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5 months ago

This has been the most beautiful trail we've seen in our exploration of the Appalachian mountains (though I'm sure there are many more). We went the opposite way and are so happy that we did because the way down is stunning. If you went the way the app says that you should then you begin with the beauty and then end in steep rocks and dry land. the waterfall is awe-inspiring. we went up to the top of the waterfall and meditated for 10 minutes. It was majestic. We haven't gotten around to repeating trails because there are so many to knock out but this is one we would definitely do it again. There are too many drop offs for me to feel comfortable bringing a kid but we passed kiddos on the way so I'd say only bring your kids (and dog) if you trust them :)

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5 months ago

Great easy and pleasant short hike to the picturesque Cascade Falls

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6 months ago

Let me just start by saying you need $3 to park here, NOBODY has mentioned this in any reviews. It is a US Fee Area, bring cash or check.

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6 months ago

This is such a beautiful hike. Rocks get slick, though, so be careful!

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6 months ago

We took the first bridge and went on the lower trail. Beautiful views throughout and definitely worth it. It took us about 2.5 hours roundtrip with stopping at the falls. Our dog came with us and it was pretty easy for her.

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7 months ago

Had a wonderful drizzly day with my son this past Saturday. We are both starting this new passion together and this tested us both decently. On rainy days like Saturday watch out those rocks are slick!

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7 months ago

Great trail, when you come to the first bridge, cross it. Stay on the lower trail, much better views and isn’t nearly as steep.

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