Cascades Trail

Purlear, North Carolina

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Within E. B. Jeffress Park, a small recreation area off the Blue Ridge Parkway, this hike is advertised as a leisurely walk, but that’s simply not so. It begins as a stroll through the forest with interpretive signs identifying a variety of flora. You then cross a footbridge near some cascades, which is a great place for the dogs to play in the creek. Beyond the footbridge keep them on a tight leash. The trail leads past the brink of Cascades Falls and then steeply down to a pair of overlooks amid this 200-foot waterfall.
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by Melissa Watson (Falcon Guides)

Within E. B. Jeffress Park, a small recreation area off the Blue Ridge Parkway, this hike is advertised as a leisurely walk, but that’s simply not so. It begins as a stroll through the forest with interpretive signs identifying a variety of flora.

You then cross a footbridge near some cascades, which is a great place for the dogs to play in the creek. Beyond the footbridge keep them on a tight leash. The trail leads past the brink of Cascades Falls and then steeply down to a pair of overlooks amid this 200-foot waterfall.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Purlear
Distance: 0.9
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 30 minutes
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 3,489 feet
Top Elevation: 3,489 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: (828) 298-0398; www.nps.gov/ blri
Local Maps: DeLorme: North Carolina Atlas & Gazetteer, page 14, E1
Driving Directions: Directions to Cascades Trail

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