On our last full day at New River Valley, we decided to take the trip up to Cascade Falls which was highly recommended by the campground owner. We were not disappointed!
The hike is about four miles round trip, and not terribly difficult at all. There is an upper and lower trail to get to the falls. The lower trail was mostly inaccessible due to all the recent rain fall, so we stuck to the upper trail. However, if I get a second chance to hike here, I’d take the lower as it follows the creek all the way to the falls.
Along the trail, we found it to be extremely green and lush. Many large trees gave us a canopy from the sun, and we found lots of moss, mushrooms, and other interesting vegetation along the way. We kept Bojack on a short leash out of fear he might eat a mushroom or run through some tick infested brush.
After climbing up the trail for 2 miles, we finally reached the falls. Because it was a weekday, we pretty much were the only ones there. My understanding from others is you can swim, but it is not suggested at this time due severe undercurrents. Even though I hike in swim trunks, I heeded the advise of other trail users.
This was our first decent hike since arriving, and it was very rewarding. Absolutely a nice way to finish our time near Blacksburg!
Upon return, we grabbed some lunch at a local sandwich shop and made our way home to pack up. Overall, a great day! Highly recommended hike to those interested in exploring the area.