Fallingwater Cascades in Virginia

Fallingwater Cascades along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Botetourt County, Virginia

Fallingwater Cascades is one of the epic waterfall hikes along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia.

With a clearly marked trail and an option to do a loop hike, this is one of our favorite short getways. After the hike you can continue to hike up Flat Top Mountain or you can drive around the corner to relax at the Peaks of Otter!

Fallingwater Cascades
Fallingwater Cascades


In the Peaks of Otter area at mile 83.1 park in the large Fallingwater Cascade lot then walk left to pick up the trail.

Please see our Virginia Waterfall Map for precise locations.

83.1-Fallingwater Cascades Parking
Fallingwater Cascades Parking

You can also follow the crowds to the right but we much prefer the clockwise loop hike; approaching waterfalls from the base then follow it upstreamĀ  is our thing!

The loop hike is 1.35 miles. You can do a shorter hike if you go right down to the first cascade and back.

Fallingwater Cascades - Top
Fallingwater Cascades – Top Crossing

The trail is well-mainained but it gets steep around the cascades as can be expected. At the base of the Cascades is a bridge so you will not get your feet wet when crossing!

Fallingwater Cascades Bridge
Fallingwater Cascades Bridge

In the map below you see a second parking area. This is the trailhead for Flat Top Mountain. If you plan to also hike to the summit we suggest you park here then hike down to the Cascades and loop back (clockwise).

Trail Map

Trail Map - Fallingwaters Cascades
Trail Map – Fallingwater Cascades (click to enlarge)