Cascades Trail

Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina

Elevation Gain458ft
Trailhead Elevation3,571ft
Elevation Min/Max3414/3572ft
Elevation Start/End3571/3571ft

Cascades Trail

Cascades Trail is a hiking trail in Wilkes County, North Carolina. It is within Blue Ridge Parkway. It is 0.7 miles long and begins at 3,571 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 458 feet. The Cascades Picnic Area picnic site is near the trailhead. There are also a parking and restrooms. Near the end of the trail are viewpoints. This trail connects with the following: Mountains-to-Sea Trail.

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Waterfalls of the Blue Ridge: A Hiking Guide to the Cascades of the Blue Ridge Mountains (Menasha Ridge Press)
Nicole Blouin, Steve Bordonaro, & Marilou Wier Bordonaro
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"“Water . . . like liquid lace from overhead . . . dashes past to swirl and slide downward in an abandon of spray and foam ripples.” The quote is from a plaque near the top of the Cascades, and it is an accurate description because the narrow, 50-foot waterfall rolls and rushes past you, rather than falling at your feet. The waters from Falls Creek are bound for the ocean at Winyah Bay, South Carolina, after flowing into the Yadkin River, which in turn flows into the Pee Dee River." Read more
Best Dog Hikes North Carolina (Falcon Guides)
Melissa Watson
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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." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes: Blue Ridge Parkway (Falcon Guides)
Randy Johnson
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"One of the Parkway’s best interpretive nature trails leads to a wonderful waterfall. This trail offers a great sense of the ecological community that teeters on the escarpment of the Blue Ridge. The path wanders the crest of cliffs overlooking the Piedmont and brings hikers to Falls Creek just as a waterfall leaps over the edge. The trail then swings back from the brink along the stream as it tumbles through a quiet valley toward the falls." Read more

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Trail Information

Blue Ridge Parkway
Nearby City
Blue Ridge Parkway
(828) 298-0398; blri
Local Contacts
DeLorme: North Carolina Atlas & Gazetteer, page 14, E1
Local Maps

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Dec 2018