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Best Dog Hikes North Carolina
by Melissa Watson (Falcon Guides)
Hanging Rock State Park is full of natural wonders, from waterfalls to unique geological features, from rocky cliffs where birds of prey roost to the wonderful Dan River. Hike, or mountain bike, on nearly 20.0 miles of trails, or take a dip in the park’s marvelous mountain lake. Among these trails Lower Cascades leads to one of the most pristine waterfalls in the park with a picture-perfect swimming hole at the base. Bring a towel, book, or picnic and stay for a while at the stunning Lower Cascades.
Waterfalls of the Blue Ridge: A Hiking Guide to the Cascades of the Blue Ridge Mountains
by Nicole Blouin, Steve Bordonaro, & Marilou Wier Bordonaro (Menasha Ridge Press)
Lower Cascades is the tallest and most spectacular waterfall in Hanging Rock State Park. It is on Cascades Creek, roughly 2 miles downstream from Upper Cascades. A series of 30-foot drops combine for a total drop of 120 feet.
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