Hike to Cascade Falls

Virginia Cascade Falls Trailhead, VA

  • Activities:

    Chillin, Photography, Swimming, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    4 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    800 Feet

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Food Nearby
Forest
Groups
Picnic Area
River
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers
Wildlife
Swimming Hole

Cascade Falls is one of Virginia's most beautiful waterfalls and a great summer swimming hole! The trailhead has easy parking and accessible bathrooms. 

The 66' Cascade Falls located in Giles Count is arguably one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Virginia. This classic hike is 4.0 miles and gains 800' in elevation.

Located in Pembroke, Virginia, access the trail head by taking Cascade Drive (VA-623) off of US-460 and drive 3.3 miles to the parking lot. Hikers must register their vehicle and pay $3.00 to access the day use area. Once you park, walk towards the bathrooms to find the trail head. Within 0.2 miles you'll arrive at an intersection by a bridge. You can either choose to take the direct, steep route (Upper Trail), or the scenic trail (Lower Trail) to the falls. Both trails are the same length and the Lower Trail is the one that branches off to the right at this intersection.

If you take the Upper Trail, you'll come to an intersection around 1.6 miles. Take the trail to the right to go to the falls. After 2.0 miles you'll arrive at the falls, and there is ample room to spread out on the multiple benches and observation decks.

Enjoy feeling the cool mist blowing off the falls on a hot summer day. You can even bring your bathing suit for a brisk dip in the pool at the base of the falls. If you visit in the winter, chances are it might be frozen, but don't let that stop you from visiting-this waterfall is beautiful any day of the year.

To return to your car choose either the Upper Trail or Lower Trail and retrace your steps. Personally, I find that the best approach (especially for first time hikers of Cascade Falls) is to hike in on the Lower Trail and out on the Upper Trail; however, that decision is up to you.

Pack List

  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Bathing suit/towel (summer)
  • Hiking shoes
  • Camera
  • Tripod
  • $3.00 parking fee
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One of my favorite hikes to introduce people to the idea of hiking it's very family & pet friendly and the end is worth every second.

about 1 month ago
about 1 month ago

I finally got around to hiking to the waterfall and it was everything I hoped it would be even on a rainy fall day. Gorgeous trails and beautiful waterfall! I highly recommend going.

4 months ago
4 months ago

Easy hike passing many nice small swimming holes. Big flat rocks at the base of the falls make a good rest spot.

5 months ago
5 months ago

A very nice waterfall and will worth the nice hike to reach it. - Roger Younce Photography

6 months ago
6 months ago

Also very beautiful when it's frozen during winter!

10 months ago
10 months ago

It's hard to say words about the Cascades. The hike to the falls is majestic. Following the river through the woods, with countless stopping points to enjoy the atmosphere, the Cascades is truly a great piece of art. You know you're getting close to the waterfall by the unmistakable crashing sound. Coming around the last corner to be greeted, continues to take my breath away, even after hiking it 7 times.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Well Worth The Hike! Beautiful scenery and nice people!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

The reward to effort ratio is highly in favor of the reward part on this hike. It's an absolutely beautiful hike all along the Little Stony River. And as you come into your first view of the waterfall it doesn't disappoint. Totally dog friendly and kid friendly...done it with both. We usually hike in along the river/creek, and back out on the fire road.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

This hike can be considered more of a nature walk. The trail is well defined and easy to manage with a very rewarding view at the end. It is a gradual incline about the whole way up but is certainly not difficult. During the summer you can jump in the water to cool off. This hike is very popular and so it can be very crowded during weekends.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

If you've done the hike during peak warm weather months like many, it's definitely worth to check out again during the winter! Went a few weeks ago when the falls were frozen over and it was well worth the hike. Don't let winter stop you from staying in!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

I've gone for the past couple summers, and it's always absolutely breathtaking. The hike isn't too hard, and tons of families go. The water is freezing, which I wasn't surprised about, hahahaha.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

The lower trail is scenic and beautiful following the creek through moss covered boulders, stone steps, bridges, and rocky paths. There are several picnic spots along the way... I even took my four year old on this trail. The fall is gorgeous and is well worth the hike. I recommend taking the lower trail to the falls and the upper trail back..... Highly recommended.

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

Elyse ClarkExplorer

Explorer. Hiker. Photographer.

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