Cascades, Virginia

Coordinates: 39°2′54″N 77°23′1″W / 39.04833°N 77.38361°W / 39.04833; -77.38361
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Cascades, Virginia
The Cascades Marketplace, designed with a "main street" aesthetic
The Cascades Marketplace, designed with a "main street" aesthetic
Cascades is located in Northern Virginia
Cascades is located in Virginia
Cascades is located in the United States
Coordinates: 39°2′54″N 77°23′1″W / 39.04833°N 77.38361°W / 39.04833; -77.38361
Country United States
State Virginia
County Loudoun
 • Total3.75 sq mi (9.71 km2)
 • Land3.69 sq mi (9.55 km2)
 • Water0.06 sq mi (0.16 km2)
270 ft (80 m)
 • Total11,912
 • Density3,232/sq mi (1,247.8/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)703 and 571
FIPS code51-13403
GNIS feature ID2584825

Cascades is a census-designated place (CDP) in Loudoun County, Virginia, United States. The population as of the 2010 United States Census was 11,912.[2] Along with nearby Countryside and Lowes Island, it is considered one of the three main components of the Potomac Falls community (ZIP code 20165) within Sterling, Virginia.

Cascades is a planned community of 2,500 acres (1,000 ha) with approximately 6,500 homes. The corresponding homeowners association was incorporated on November 8, 1990.[3][4] As in nearby Sterling Park, prior to the establishment of the Cascades community in 1990 the area was made up of a few very large farms. The homeowners association maintains five community centers, five swimming pools, 15 tennis courts, and other amenities including extensive paved walking trails. The Lowes Island at Cascades community (commonly referred to as Lowes Island) is an advertised portion of the legal subdivision of Cascades, but is not a legal subdivision itself. The Lowes Island community is centered on Trump National Golf Club Washington, D.C., formerly Lowes Island Country Club.[5] The Cascades development is bordered on the north by the Potomack Lake Sportsplex[6] and Algonkian Regional Park (which abuts the Potomac River); both facilities are included in the Cascades census-designated place. The name "Cascades" alludes to the rapidly descending flow along the Potomac River starting at Lowes Island and leading to Great Falls.

The commercial core of Cascades is Cascades Marketplace,[7] a 318,000-square-foot (29,500 m2) retail center[8] adjacent to the Cascades Public Library[9] and very near the Loudoun campus of Northern Virginia Community College.[10] Great Falls Plaza is a second, smaller retail center located just outside Lowes Island.[11] Area public schools include Potomac Falls High School, River Bend Middle School, Potowmack Elementary School, Horizon Elementary School, and Lowes Island Elementary School.[12] The Cascades area encompasses the gated campus of the Falcons Landing retirement community for retired U.S. military officers.[13] Cascades is served by Loudoun County Sheriff's Office, the Sterling Volunteer Fire Department, and the Potomac Falls post office.[14]

Neighboring communities[edit]

The Potomack Lakes Sportsplex and Algonkian Regional Park are north of the Cascades development but are included in the Cascades census-designated place. The northern boundary of the CDP is the Potomac River. Neighboring communities to the CDP are:


  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files –Virginia". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 23, 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Total Population: 2010 Census DEC Summary File 1 (P1), Cascades CDP, Virginia". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved February 23, 2021.
  3. ^ "Cascades Community Association". Retrieved June 23, 2015.
  4. ^ "Cascades Community Association". Facebook. Retrieved June 23, 2015.
  5. ^ "Home - Trump National Golf Club Washington DC". Archived from the original on February 26, 2017. Retrieved June 23, 2015.
  6. ^ "Loudoun County, VA - Official Website - Potomack Lakes Sportsplex". Retrieved June 23, 2015.
  7. ^ "Loudoun VA Homes - Loudoun Times-Mirror Classifieds". Retrieved June 24, 2015.
  8. ^ "Cascades Marketplace Retail Center in the Sterling, VA Area | EDENS". Retrieved June 23, 2015.
  9. ^ "Loudoun County Public Library > Locations & Hours > Cascades". Retrieved June 23, 2015.
  10. ^ "Loudoun Campus :: Northern Virginia Community College". Retrieved June 23, 2015.
  11. ^ "Sterling VA: Great Falls Plaza - Retail Space For Lease - KLNB Retail". Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  12. ^ "Loudoun County Public Schools / Overview". Retrieved June 23, 2015.
  13. ^ "Military Retirement Community Washington DC | Falcons Landing". Retrieved June 23, 2015.
  14. ^ "Post Office in Sterling, VA - Potomac Falls Location". Retrieved June 24, 2015.

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