Blue Ridge Parkway
Falling Water Cascades Loop


Fallingwater Cascades is a short hike with beautiful views of a long series of short waterfalls, and long views of the surrounding area.

The first half of the trail descends to and then follows Fallingwater Creek as it tumbles down a rugged gorge, then the trail ascends into a cathedral like grove of trees.
This hike is quietly beautiful from end to end.

From the Peaks of Otter Lodge, follow the Blue Ridge Parkway north 2.4 miles to the Falling Water Cascades Parking lot on your left.
Coordinates for the hike: 37.4731200,-79.5806050
Parking / Trailhead amenities
The parking lot is paved and has spaces for a small number of cars. There are no facilities near the parking lot.
Trail observations
The trailhead exits from the west side of the parking lot, where you will find a trailhead sign for 'Fallingwater - Flat Top National Recreation Trail'. Turn right at the sign and immediately start descending.
The trail will turn to follow the creek as it descends the gorge, crossing bridges twice. After the second bridge the trail will begin to ascend on a long grade with great views of the mountains, then the trail will begin to turn back towards the parkway and enter a more open woods.
There is a well signed junction near the end that will point you back to the Fallingwater Parking Area.
Trail statistics
The trail is 1.73 miles long. The sum of all the uphill climbs is 178 feet.
Trail waypoints
0.09 miParkingParking
0.10 miTrailhead Trailhead - go right and down
0.20 miBenchBench
0.45 miUpper bridgeBridge over cascade
0.72 miLower bridgeStream from bridge
0.78 miBenchBench
0.99 miAscendingHeading back up the trail
1.19 miBenchBench
1.37 miGo leftBranch - take a left to the parking lot
1.50 miBenchBench
1.73 miEnd of trailEnd of trail
Trail map - Falling Water Cascades Loop
Altitude chart - Falling Water Cascades Loop Upper bridge Lower bridge Bench Ascending Go left End of trail
Difficulty: Moderate
Feature: Waterfall
Terrain : Mountainous
Trail surface: Dirt
Type: Loop
View: Wooded
County: Bedford
State: Virginia
Country: United States of America page for this hike
Blue Ridge Great site for preparing to travel the Blue Ridge Parkway.
National Park Service site for the Blue Ridge Parkway
PDF map of the Blue Ridge Parkway
Peaks of Otter Lodge - my son and I ate lunch here. Great food, and a spectacular view!
Printable trail map in PDF format (21 Mb download)
Printable trail map in PNG format (3 Mb download)
Waypoints in CSV format
Waypoints in KML format
Instructions on using a trail description page
Instructions on using a trail map printout
Trails in the surrounding area
Area map for Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia (No additional trails)
Area map for Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia (No additional trails)
Area map for North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia (No additional trails)