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Cascade Trail

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This steep climb heads from the bottom of the mountain back up to the intersection with the Piratebush Loop Trail.


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Map Key

1.0

Miles

1.6

KM

Point to Point

2,240' 683 m

High

1,680' 512 m

Low

561' 171 m

Up

1' 0 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

27%

Max Grade (15°)

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Description

The Cascade Trail is a 1.0 mile trail that will take you from the bottom of the Poor Mountain Natural Preserve almost back up to the top of the preserve just off Route 694 or 12 O'clock Knob Rd. The Cascade Trail covers a series of switchbacks as it rises about 640 feet from its lowest point back up to the point where it connects with the Piratebush Loop Trail.

Poor Mountain Natural Area Preserve covers 925 acres and contains a globally rare shrub called Piratebush.
If you pay attention, you may be able to find the shrub along parts of the trail.

The VA DCR fact sheet for the Preserve is available here and includes details on the flora in the preserve, natural history and directions to the small parking area at the trailhead. dcr.virginia.gov/natural-he…

Flora & Fauna

Poor Mountain Natural Area Preserve protects the world's largest population of Piratebush, a globally rare shrub, which is restricted to only a handful of sites in the mountains of Virginia, Tennessee, and North Carolina. There is also an abundance of mountain laurel and wild blueberry.

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Kevin Berger

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Views into the New River Valley even in the summertime.
Aug 15, 2017 near Cave Sp…, VA
One of several cascades at the end of the trail
Aug 15, 2017 near Cave Sp…, VA
A cool respite before the return ascent
Aug 15, 2017 near Cave Sp…, VA
A shallow dip before the ascent
Aug 15, 2017 near Cave Sp…, VA

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