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.
Fallingwater Cascades Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"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."
--Johnny Molloy , Five-Star Trails: Roanoke and the New River Valley, Virginia (Menasha Ridge Press).
"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."
--Andy Thompson, Hiking Waterfalls in Virginia (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--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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