Cascades National Recreation Trail

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Cascades National Recreation Trail

Cascades National Recreation Trail
4.5
Monday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Siao S
Pittsburgh, PA99 contributions
Jun 2022
The falls was beautiful, but I think there could be better information provided at the trailhead. First of all, there is a nominal $3 charge that you pay when you arrive. It appears to be an honor system, and you place your money in a mail slot. There are decent bathrooms (had no soap though) at the beginning of the trail. This is a 2 mile one way trip, so total 4 miles or so hike. There is an easier Upper Trail and a harder Lower Trail. The sign description states, "Take the Lower Trail for a more scenic hike that winds lazily around the creek. This trail includes several benches for resting, generous shade, and excellent views of Little Stony. Take the Upper Trail for an uphill challenge to the falls, or a quick downhill hike back to the parking area."

Based on the description, we chose the Lower Trail for a scenic hike and benches for resting and wanted to avoid the "uphill challenge". The Lower Trail is perfect for more avid hikers, but it wasn't a good idea for my family member in her 80s. There were multiple steps to climb, and narrow passages to go through. My elderly family member and husband ended up returning back part way, crossed the bridge, and took the upper trail home. I am in my early 50's, and I found the Lower Trail hike beautiful, yet pretty exhausting from all the windy steps we had to climb. We ended up taking the easier Upper Trail on our return back to the parking lot. It took us probably 1 hr 30 min with rest using the Lower Trail to the waterfalls, then 50 minutes back to the parking lot using the Upper Trail.

Bottom line, for those looking for an easier hike, take the Upper Trail. It has a wider path, with a few rocks in the dirt, and much easier then the Lower Trail. There are still steps that you need to take when you get closer to the waterfall. It's not as scenic though. You get up and personal with the creek taking the Lower Trail.
Written June 26, 2022
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MargaritaDoug
Virginia Beach, VA1,316 contributions
Oct 2020
How excellent must a trail be to receive an excellent rating even when one's visit ended with an injured party member and an emergency evacuation? Well...pretty damn excellent! The volume of water flowing down Little Stony Creek makes for allot of drama and amazing photographs. Unfortunately, the lower trail by the creek is also a bit challenging; hence, multiple broken bones by one of my party members. However, I definitely plan to return!
Written October 24, 2020
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Brian N
4 contributions
Jun 2021
This is by far one of the best kept secrets of the Jefferson National Forest region. The river is set amidst incredible lush forest, with rapids flowing down - as you get to the top of the trail or the end, (2M) it treats you to an incredible 150+ waterfall that you can swim under and within its pool. Trout fishing is allowed (up to six per/person) ZERO BUGS and Mosquitos and this was in June!!!
Written June 22, 2021
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Alee J
Tampa, FL7 contributions
May 2021 • Family
We had a wonderful day hiking the cascades! We hiked the lower trail up and enjoyed the walk on the river. Then took the upper trail back which was definitely the quicker option. It was incredibly gorgeous and well kept. There was a lot of foot traffic though and we were pacing other groups the whole time. I’d definitely return!
Written May 8, 2021
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Ginny C
Bloomfield, NJ13 contributions
Jun 2022
This was a beautiful hike that ended in a spectacular waterfall. I am strictly a casual hiker and also well over 50, although in good shape. It was just challenging enough to be a bit of a workout. If you're worn out after the climb, there is an easier way back which we gladly took. The water in the stream is FREEZING cold even in June, but that didn't seem to stop hikers from wading in. I was happy just to dip my feet in. I would say be careful if hiking with small children because there are areas where you are hiking right next to a steep dropoff. I would worry if small kids were with me. Make sure you talk to children beforehand and instruct them to stay on the trail for their own safety.
Written June 27, 2022
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alicia
Roanoke, VA345 contributions
Jun 2020 • Couples
We do this hike about once every year. It’s always been a great trail. After a week of hard rain and the creek finally settling , the lower part of the trail was open, however, there were some parts washed out and fallen trees you had to maneuver around. The scenery never gets old and once you get to the falls, it’s breathtaking. If you’ve never been there, be prepared for almost freezing water that’s all year round!- at the least - the water is very refreshing to take a dip in. When we went the restrooms were not open: so if you gotta go, better get creative :-).
Written June 10, 2020
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Christen A
Concord, NC205 contributions
Jun 2020
We visited for the first time Sunday afternoon. The scenery was just gorgeous. It started storming when we were near the end so we didn't make it all the way to the falls. The beauty surrounding us made the trip worth while and we will return to finish it.
Written June 15, 2020
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Heather P
Peterstown, WV29 contributions
Jul 2020 • Friends
This is the most beautiful place.
You want to take a picture every few feet.
There are two trails. Upper and lower. I recommend taking the lower one up ,as the scenery is better and the upper one back as it is quicker. Either way you won’t be disappointed. FYI the waterfall is beautiful.
Written July 17, 2020
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Marina M
Newport News, VA262 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
Worth the 2.05 mile hike up (beautiful woodsy lower hike) Took us a while with younger children(8) and teens. There’s some steep spots, only rocks and narrow parts so be careful.

Walking back we walked the upper easy stretch which was mostly downhill, dry and no stairs. Pretty tiring but glad we did it.

Take $3 cash. Go early to miss the traffic and parking congestion. It’s slippery (saw several people fall bad) when you get to the falls, so walk carefully. Water is freezing and feels great after sweating so much while hiking up.
Written July 25, 2020
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Jay G
Bethesda, MD156 contributions
Aug 2020
Awesome trail. Well maintained. It got crowded later in the day. I want early at 9 am . When I got tack to my car by Noon the lot was packed. I took the lower train to the falls. It was a lot smoother and level. If you want a workout take the upper trail to the falls.
Written August 14, 2020
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