Lower Cascades Trail is a hiking trail in Stokes County, North Carolina. It is within Hanging Rock State Park. It is 0.4 miles long and begins at 1,050 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 204 feet. The Lower Cascades Parking Lot parking is near the trailhead. The trail ends near the Lower Cascades attraction. There are also viewpoints and a water near the end of the trail.
Lower Cascades Trail Professional Reviews and 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."
--Melissa Watson, Best Dog Hikes North Carolina (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Nicole Blouin, Steve Bordonaro, & Marilou Wier Bordonaro, Waterfalls of the Blue Ridge: A Hiking Guide to the Cascades of the Blue Ridge Mountains (Menasha Ridge Press).
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