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Review of Cascade Falls

Cascade Falls
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Pembroke
Certificate of Excellence
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Elkview, West Virginia
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164 reviews
87 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed June 20, 2013

Lower trail was gorgeous but took a long time due to scenic detours and more rugged terrain. Would probably opt for the upper trail next time but all was absolutely beautiful! $3 parking

Visited June 2013
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English first
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56 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed June 2, 2013

We took the lower trail to the fallls. It was not nearly as bad as I thought it would be. It was rocky and some steep climbs on rock steps. We took our time and enjoyed the creek just feet away. The trip up took about an hour and 20 minutes. The trip back was about an hour on a much wider smoother path. The falls are well worth the hike. Be sure to care out your garbage, because there are no trash cans. This is a very clean area and should stay that way. There is a $3 fee to park and it is on the honor system. We put our money in the slot and then discovered you need to put it in an envelope and fill out some info. Ooops. The only restroom is at the parking lot, unless you count trees and boulders along the path.

Visited June 2013
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Southeast Wisconsin
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56 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Good hike”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

Nice easy hike. Two different paths to get to the water falls from the parking. Scenery is amazing. Good hiking spot in spring - summer and fall.

Visited June 2012
Thank vishyaroon
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Tidewater, VA
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72 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Excellent scenery, but don't start out on the lower trail unless you are in great shape....”
Reviewed May 26, 2013

The wife and Ihad no problems finding the area, or where to park. Go to Pembroke, Va off US 460 in Giles County. Look for Cascades Dr. . Turn onto it and drive North until you come to the end. There is a $3.00 fee. There are also picnic facilities and restrooms. The trailhead is at the North end of the parking lot. There are two trails. One called Upper and one called Lower. While the lower trail keeps you closer to the water, and may make picture taking easier, it is by FAR, the harder of the two trails to navigate. It reqires good balance, excellent shoes, and a fit body with lots of energy to complete this trail to the falls. We discovered this the hard way. We started hiking around 3:15p and maybe .25 miles beyond the halfway marker had to turn around and start back at 5:50p. We didn't get back to the lot until after 6:00p even switching and coming back on the easier upper trail.
Don't get discouraged, we did enjoyed the nature very much. The area is beautiful. We met several nice folks on the trail and chatted a bit, including finding out there are fishable trout in the waters. We WILL be back to try again and make it to the falls. We would highly recommend that unless you are very fit and agile that you use the upper trail to go there the first time. There is a cross over between trails near the halfway mark, so you can drop down to the cataracts and pools for pictures after making it to the falls.
While there we saw several critters and creatures, a variety of insects, a variety of wild flowers, some water bugs, and just natural beauty. Well worth the effort. We WILL be back again.

Visited May 2013
1 Thank Cornishchough
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Roanoke, Virginia
2 reviews
“Beautiful hike”
Reviewed April 6, 2013

This is an easy and relaxed hike with beautiful nature, water, and scenery! Bring a camera and good shoes. Bring swim wear in summer.

Visited June 2012
Thank Steve J
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