Hike to Lower Cascade Falls
North Carolina › Lower Cascade Falls Parking Area
Added by Melissa Willard
Explore this 35' Hanging Rock State Park waterfall and if you are visiting during warmer months, enjoy the swimming hole at bottom of falls.
A beautiful hike through the forest of Hanging Rock State Park. Trail meanders through pines and hardwoods filled with boulders, mountain laurel, scenic views, and the occasional deer or turkey. The trail begins as gravel and dirt then turns into steps made of wood and stone. Also on the trail is an overlook and a wooden bridge that sets on the side of the hill. Trail is approximately .8 miles one way. The waterfall is 35' tall and located in a gorge that is surrounded by beautiful stone walls that tower over the falls and pool below. Very beautiful short hike. A must see if visiting the park.
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Great Spot To Create, Refresh Or Relax
Like others have stated this is an easy-to-access, beautiful spot, so it stands to reason that on weekends and school breaks it gets crowded. Even on crowded days it is a welcome respite from the summer heat, but if you want to take in its beauty then be prepared to share. Or, you can come early, or on weekdays when school is in and people are working. We always plan this as part of a trip to other parts of the park to make the most of the day and have options if it is too crowded. It is a perfect spot to hike in paints and easels to paint the falls, or bring your camera and tripod for some great photography of the falls and pool. There are also plenty of trees to string up your hammock and relax in the serene beauty and sounds of the flowing water.
A Must See
The waterfall is extremely beautiful and very easy to get to. It's a small area and gets crowded easily especially with small children and families in the swimming hole. If you're looking to enjoy this wonderful waterfall in a bit more solitude I'd suggest checking this destination off your list early in the morning before the rush.
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