Blue Ridge Parkway
Mile marker 272
I visited the Cascades Trail on 9-28-14. It is located at mile marker 272, north of the Boone / Blowing Rock area. This rest area has the falls (of course) rest rooms, picnic tables, a large open grassy area, ample parking and nice views.
The cascades overlook and trail are part of the E. B Jeffress Park.
The trail to the falls is .5 miles and listed as moderate. The trail surface is in very good shape for the most part but some of the railings and steps need repair. The hike to the falls crosses a foot bridge for the stream that leads to the falls. There are 2 viewing areas, one near the top and another about mid way down. There is no trail to the bottom of the falls.
Lining the trail are many types of Hardwoods and Evergreens as well as Rhododendron and Mountain Laurel and Falls Creek.
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