Hike to Cascade Falls

Virginia Cascade Falls Trailhead, VA

Added by Elyse Clark

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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Chillin, Hiking, Photography, Swimming

Skill Level:



Year Round

Trail Type:



4 Miles

Elev. Gain:

800 Feet



Easy Parking
Food Nearby
Picnic Area
Swimming Hole

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6 months ago

Best Way To Spend A Beautiful Day

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.

6 months ago

6 months ago


Well Worth The Hike! Beautiful scenery and nice people!

6 months ago

6 months ago

One Of The Best In The Area

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.

6 months ago

7 months ago

An easy and beautiful trail

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.

7 months ago

7 months ago

Winter Excursion

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!

7 months ago

8 months ago

Hiking to Cascade Falls

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.

8 months ago

about 1 year ago

Awesome Day Adventure

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.

about 1 year ago

Added by Elyse Clark

Explorer. Hiker. Photographer.

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