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Cascades and Barney's Wall, VA
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Cascades and Barney's Wall, VA 
Cascades and Barney's Wall, VA
Hiking11.20 Miles 2,200 AEG
Hiking11.20 Miles   5 Hrs      2.36 mph
2,200 ft AEG      15 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
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Arrived at the Cascades National Recreation Trail at 0800, after using the self pay $3 envelope only 4 other cars in the lot, a pair were gearing up for trout fishing. I learned the crowds show up after the temp warms up enough for swimming. Restroom facilities present but closed due to COVID-19. Only one trail leaves the parking lot and in a short distance there is a bridge to cross Little Stoney Creek at which point you can continue on straight referred to as the upper trail or as I did go across and take the lower trail. The lower trail follows along the creek never more than a few yards from it , very scenic requiring frequent picture taking stops, was able to enjoy this trail in unusual solitude on the way up. Little Stoney Creek was carrying a large volume of water right now making its way toward the northward flowing New River , which is considered the oldest river in North America. Only sound you hear is the deafening noise from the water flowing around the many boulders in the stream and you can enjoy the cool air coming off the creek. Trail is somewhat rocky and hiking boots or shoes are in order it was only mildly muddy today but would be more treacherous after a rain. The lower trail ends at the next bridge to recross the creek unless you want to balance across one of the many fallen trees :D . Shortly after crossing the trail becomes increasingly wet and slippery from side streams flowing toward the creek , at 2.5 miles started viewing the large volume cascade falls , 66 feet tall with a large pool, only 2 others there before me. Went up the wooden steps to an observation site. From there decided to continue on to reach Barney’s Wall a 700 ft cliff . After a few steps down from the observation area a right turn to more wooden railing rock steps up to a large open area from there another right turn and began walking up a two track road labeled conservancy trail. A slightly muddy route which after just under half mile I reached an official looking sign indicating to me to continue straight and across from it a post in the ground with hand written Barney’s Wall with an arrow , unfortunately decided to follow the first sign which ended up taking me over a mile to Laurel Creek before I decided it could not be right so did an about face back to the post sign, by the way I saw no one else after leaving falls until I returned. Anyway after going back to the aforementioned post I followed an initially not well maintained single track but then became more defined and was orange blazed. This trail was steep at times with one creek crossing but otherwise a pleasant tree canopied walk in a heavy forest. After 1.5 miles a junction with a sign indicating the way to Barney’s Wall appeared and followed this track for .35 miles to the end. The walk was nice and the views superb from here but didn’t want to venture to close to the edge. Took a snack break here and retraced my steps back to the cascades , the sound of water increasing as I went along. The Cascades was now crowded , lots of young folks cavorting in the pool below it, plus the trail to the bridge crossing also required some waiting to let others pass. Once past the bridge took the upper trail back, smoother faster and less crowded, also less scenic but providing some birds eye views of the creek.Definitely worth a visit at least to the waterfall but go early and avoid the weekend, will post a photo of the correct sign to Barney’s Wall.
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