Hike to Cascade Falls

    4.9
    4 miles 800 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

    Added by Elyse Clark

    Cascade Falls is one of Virginia's most beautiful waterfalls and a great summer swimming hole! The trailhead has easy parking and accessible bathrooms. 

    The 66' Cascade Falls located in Giles Count is arguably one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Virginia. This classic hike is 4.0 miles and gains 800' in elevation.

    Located in Pembroke, Virginia, access the trail head by taking Cascade Drive (VA-623) off of US-460 and drive 3.3 miles to the parking lot. Hikers must register their vehicle and pay $3.00 to access the day use area. Once you park, walk towards the bathrooms to find the trail head. Within 0.2 miles you'll arrive at an intersection by a bridge. You can either choose to take the direct, steep route (Upper Trail), or the scenic trail (Lower Trail) to the falls. Both trails are the same length and the Lower Trail is the one that branches off to the right at this intersection.

    If you take the Upper Trail, you'll come to an intersection around 1.6 miles. Take the trail to the right to go to the falls. After 2.0 miles you'll arrive at the falls, and there is ample room to spread out on the multiple benches and observation decks.

    Enjoy feeling the cool mist blowing off the falls on a hot summer day. You can even bring your bathing suit for a brisk dip in the pool at the base of the falls. If you visit in the winter, chances are it might be frozen, but don't let that stop you from visiting-this waterfall is beautiful any day of the year.

    To return to your car choose either the Upper Trail or Lower Trail and retrace your steps. Personally, I find that the best approach (especially for first time hikers of Cascade Falls) is to hike in on the Lower Trail and out on the Upper Trail; however, that decision is up to you.

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    Easy Parking
    Food Nearby
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    Picnic Area
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    Scenic
    Waterfall
    Wildflowers
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    Swimming Hole

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    4 months ago

    Summer cool-off

    The lower pools made for a fun dip during the summer. Cold water! Bring sandals like Chacos for grip/comfort on the rocks.

    Very Nice

    It’s really nice and a bit of a hike being 2 miles one way but it was worth it

    Loved This Waterfall

    The hike was harder than I thought but will be easy for someone who is a little more advanced in hiking. But the hike to the falls itself was gorgeous everywhere you looked. Although it was hot outside being June, the actual waterfall was pretty cold but that's too be expected being so deep in the mountains. There was a good amount of people at the falls and plenty of places to hangout whether at the viewing area or on the flat rocks. Definately recommend!

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