Cascades Trail (Forest Trail #70)

Area Status: Open

Cascades Trail is a 4-mile loop trail that leads to Cascades Falls, a 66-foot powerful waterfall that drops into in a large, rocky pool. The lower portion of the trail has been designated a “National Recreation Trail.” It travels alongside scenic Little Stony Creek for 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 portion of the 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: Trail is open all year.
Restrictions: When recreating on Forest Service Lands, follow the Forest Rules for Visitors and Forest Supervisor’s Orders
This trail is open to hiking. All visitors should follow Tread Lightly and Leave No Trace guidelines.   
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: For more information contact: Eastern Divide Ranger District 110 Southpark Drive Blacksburg, VA 24060. 540-552-4641 Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 - 12:00 and 12:30 - 4:30 Current weather conditions for Pembroke, VA:

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
  • Trail Difficulty:  Moderate
  • Connecting Trails:  Barney's Wall Trail (Forest Trail #7013A)
  • Elevation:  2200 to 2900 feet
  • Trail Access Points (Approximate LAT/LONG):
    • LAT 37.3536 LONG -80.5997
  • Trail Map: It is recommended that all trail users always carry a reliable map. This trail is shown on the Interactive Visitor Map and the National Geographic/Trails Illustrated Map #787.  Maps may be purchased at some local District Ranger Stations, at outdoor retail locations or by visiting the National Geographic’s Trails Illustrated website.

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  Area/Length : 
4.0 miles

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  Elevation : 
2200 - 2900 feet