Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Two trails lead to Cascades Falls, a 66-foot powerful falls that drops into in a large, rocky pool. Both trails are two miles long but each has distinct qualities that appeal to the numerous visitors to Cascades Recreation area. The lower trail is more scenic and has been designated a “National Recreation Trail.” It travels alongside Little Stony Creek for the entire two miles. Many sections of this scenic this trail are carved directly into existing rock. There are numerous stone steps, walls and walkways. Several bridges allow hikers to get even closer to the creek and be surrounded by the sounds and sprays of falling water. The upper trail is an easier walk as it climbs steadily through the forest above the creek. It is less rocky and the trail is wider than the lower trail. Many hikers take the lower trail up to the falls and return by the upper trail.

Trail Open To:

Trail Hiking

At a Glance

Fees $3.00 Day Use Fee. Annual pass available for $30.00
Open Season: Open Year Round
Closest Towns: Pembroke, VA - GILES COUNTY
Water: Water available in restrooms
Restroom: Flush toilets at trailhead
Operated By: Eastern Divide Ranger District: (540) 552 - 4641
Information Center: Trail is located on National Geographic/Trails Illustrated Map #787.  It is recommended that all trail users carry a reliable map at all times.  Maps may be purchased at some local District Ranger Stations, at outdoor retail locations or by visiting the National Geographic’s Trails Illustrated website.

General Information


From Blacksburg, VA: Take US 460 west for approximately 14 miles to Pembroke, VA. Turn right on Cascade Drive (SR 623). Follow SR 623 for approximately 4 miles to the Cascades parking lot.

General Notes:
  • Trail Length:  4.0 miles
  • Blazes:  None
  • Trail Difficulty:  Moderate
  • Connecting Trails:  FT #7013A - Barney's Wall Trail
  • Elevation:  2200 to 2900 feet
  • Trail Access Points (Approximate LAT/LONG):
  • Trail Etiquette:  Trail etiquette for multiple use trails calls for horses to have the right-of-way.  Hikers should yield to horses.  Bicyclists should yield to horses and hikers.  Horse riders are responsible for the control of their horse at all times.

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  Area/Length : 
4.0 miles

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  Elevation : 
2200 - 2900 feet