Fallingwater Cascades Trail

Blue Ridge National Parkway, Virginia

Elevation Gain1,178ft
Trailhead Elevation2,511ft
Elevation Min/Max2101/2612ft
Elevation Start/End2511/2511ft

Fallingwater Cascades Trail

Fallingwater Cascades Trail is a hiking trail in Botetourt County and Bedford County, Virginia. It is within Jefferson National Forest, Blue Ridge National Parkway, and Blue Ridge Parkway. It is 1.5 miles long and begins at 2,511 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is three miles with a total elevation gain of 1,178 feet. Along the trail there is a viewpoint. This trail connects with the following: Flat Top Trail.

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Five-Star Trails: Roanoke and the New River Valley, Virginia (Menasha Ridge Press)
Johnny Molloy
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"Th is relatively short hike makes a loop to view one of the prettiest waterfalls around, near the Peaks of Otter Recreation Area along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Hike downhill into the geologically rich canyon of Fallingwater Creek, where boulders and woods lend a rugged aspect. Reach Fallingwater Cascades, a scenic waterfall; then climb out of the canyon, soaking in views of mountains down the stream valley before returning to the trailhead." Read more
Hiking Waterfalls in Virginia (Falcon Guides)
Andy Thompson
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"This falls is modest, but the hike isn't terribly long, and there's a nice mountain view along the way. A great Blue Ridge Parkway leg-stretcher." Read more
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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"Fallingwater Cascades is on a National Recreation Trail that was established, along with Flat Top Trail, in 1982. The trailhead is on the Blue Ridge Parkway, but you will enter the Jefferson National Forest within 50 yards. Stone steps lead down to Fallingwater Creek, and a footbridge signifies the beginning of the falls. The parking area is at 2,557 feet; the waterfall is at an elevation of 2,300 feet." Read more

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This is such a fun, short, beautiful Blue Ridge hike. It is great for kids and dogs, and the trip back up is a nice workout. Lovely and well worth it.

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Trail Information

Blue Ridge National Parkway
Nearby City
Jefferson National Forest
Blue Ridge Parkway, 199 Hemphill Knob Road, Asheville, NC 28803; 828-298-0398; <a href="http://nps.gov/blri ">nps.gov/blri </a>
Douthat State Park
USDA Forest Service, (888)265-0019; <a href="http://www.fs.usda.gov/gwj">www.fs.usda.gov/gwj</a>. Forest Supervisor's Office 5162 Valleypointe Parkway, Roanoke, Virginia 24019
Local Contacts

DeLorme, Virginia Atlas and Gazetteer: page 43, A6
National Geographic #789, Lexington/Blue Ridge Mountains; USGS Peaks of Otter
Local Maps

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Dec 2018