BRP: The Cascades Trail

10 07 2010

During our recent trip to the mountains, we spent the majority of our time exploring the Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP). The parkway is rich in parks and trails that surround the Boone/Blowing Rock area.

One such park is the E.B. Jeffress. It’s located north of Boone not too far from where the Blue Ridge crosses Hwy 421 at Deep Gap. There are two marked trails in Jeffress Park, the Cascades and the Tompkins Knob. On this trip, we took the Cascades trail.

The Cascades Trail can be found at mile maker 271.9. There is plenty of parking along with restrooms. The Cascades trail is approximately a mile long – round trip. The trail is fairly easy. No special footwear or hiking gear required. The only hazard you might encounter is tripping over an exposed tree root.

The trail follows Falls Creek as it meanders down the mountain. Native vegetation is highlighted by interpretive markers along the trail. Eventually, the trail descends stone steps to an overlook as Falls Creek tumbles down the mountain as a beautiful waterfall.

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