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Cascade Falls Main and Upper, VA
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Cascade Falls Main and Upper, VA 
Cascade Falls Main and Upper, VA
 
Hiking avatar Jun 08 2021
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Hiking6.91 Miles 1,106 AEG
Hiking6.91 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   3.07 mph
1,106 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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Had an itch to return to this trail in order to hear and see some running water, decided to go further than the main falls again but this time to find the upper falls instead of the Barney’s Wall cliff , if you have time you could do both. Only one other car in the large parking lot , has been a rainy week and threatening today so the picnic, swimming and fishing activities that usually fill the lot were not appealing on this weekday.Nice and cool 66° at the beginning of the hike about 0900. Trail is easy to follow and only a moderate grade , only challenging issues were some muddy spots and slippery rocks from the wetness. Several sections along the way stone steps were placed to keep the lower trail out of the creek,which I took on the way up, the upper trail I used on the return is further from the creek and is actually an old road. Just as I started a Turkey appeared and posed on a rock , it didn’t take off then I noticed it had at least a couple of poults following. Substantial water flow in Little Stoney Creek the cascading water sound drowns out everything else not that I had to worry as there was no one else on the trail. After viewing the main 66 ft water fall proceeded up the stone stairway to the clearing to start the conservancy trail. Along the Conservancy trail the sound of the upper fall grew noticed a wide but unmarked path to the right near the left turn for Barney’s Wall. This led to a rocky “beach” above the upper fall. The creek was wider here and the slower flow didn’t seem to give any warning to any floaters of the impending drop off. On the return along the upper trail passed by a long,about 6 ft., black snake that I believe was a rat snake. Noticed a few more hikers on the lower trail as I descended the upper path and the parking lot now had a dozen or more vehicles. Nice to revisit here and didn’t need to break out the raincoat!
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