Cascades National Recreation Trail

Jefferson National Forest, Virginia

Distance3.9mi
Elevation Gain1,318ft
Trailhead Elevation2,160ft
Top3,091ft
Elevation Min/Max2160/3091ft
Elevation Start/End2160/2160ft

Cascades National Recreation Trail

Cascades National Recreation Trail is a hiking trail in Giles County, Virginia. It is within Jefferson National Forest. It is 3.9 miles long and begins at 2,160 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,318 feet. Near the trailhead there are parkings. Along the trail there are drinking water and restrooms. The trail ends near the Cascades waterfall. This trail connects with the following: Barney's Wall Trail.

Cascades National Recreation Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Some experiences in life just never live up to their significant hype. Happily, hiking to the Cascades is not one of those. You may have heard about the Cascades from lots of friends. You may hike alongside dozens of people on the way there."

"Cascade Falls is the centerpiece of a nicely developed Jefferson National Forest day-use area near the town of Pembroke. It is a short drive from the town to the recreation site, with its patrolled parking, picnic area, restrooms, and trailhead nestled in a green hollow. Old stone fences from pre–national forest days indicate that the site was once a farm."

"This hike leads to Cascade Falls, the centerpiece of a nicely developed Jeff erson National Forest day-use area near the town of Pembroke. A loop hike heads directly up Little Stony Creek Gorge, visiting rock walls, boulders, pools, and rapids."

Cascades National Recreation Trail Reviews

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6/13/2018
Absolutely beautiful hike short and easy. Took longer just to stop and take pictures of the beautiful terrain. A must see if in the area
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3/13/2018
Lovely hike, cool in the summer opening up to an amazing waterfall
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Trail Information

Jefferson National Forest
Nearby City
Jefferson National Forest
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Moderate
Skill Level
Waterfalls
Features
George Washington & Jefferson National Forests, Eastern Divide Ranger District, 110 Southpark Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24060; 540-552-4641, www.fs.usda.gov/gwj
Local Contacts
National Geographic #787, Blacksburg/New River Valley; USGS Eggleston
Local Maps