Cascades Day Use Area

Cascades Day Use Area is a recreation area in Giles County, Virginia near Pembroke.  It is part of the Eastern Divide Ranger District of Jefferson National Forest.  The highlight of the recreation area is Cascade Falls, a beautiful 66-foot waterfall on Little Stony Creek.  A moderate four-mile hiking loop accesses the falls.

Contact Information:

2068 Cascades Drive
Pembroke, VA 24136

Phone (Eastern Divide Ranger District): (540) 552-4641

Directions:

From Blacksburg, take US-460 west for 13 miles to Pembroke and turn left on Cascades Drive (SR 623) and follow to the parking area at the end.  There is a $3 per vehicle per day fee to access the area, payable at a self-serve kiosk at the parking area.

Waterfalls:

Cascade Falls:

Cascade Falls, or the Cascades, is a beautiful 66-foot waterfall along Little Stony Creek.  Although gorgeous any time or year, the waterfall is particularly scenic in the winter after a sustained period of very low temperatures, when it can freeze.

Upper Cascades:

The Upper Cascades is a smaller waterfall, about a half-mile upstream of Cascade Falls.  Despite the Cascades popularity, this waterfall is not well known and after battling the crowds at the Cascades, you may find solitude the Upper Cascades.

Hiking:

Cascades National Recreation Trail:

The Cascades Trail, designated a National Recreation Trail, is a four-mile loop leading from the parking area to the Cascades and back.  The trail is broken into an upper and lower section.  The upper section follows an old roadbed up to the falls.  The lower section follows Little Stony Creek much more closely, with several footbridges crossing the creek.  There is a connector trail approximately half-way through, at the largest footbridge over the creek, that links the two trails in the middle.

Blog Entries:

26Jan2014: Frozen Cascades

External Links:

US Forest Service website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/gwj/recarea/?recid=73639

Photos:

Videos:

Here's a video I made from a winter hike to the Cascades and Upper Cascades in January 2014:


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