Lower Cascades (Hanging Rock)

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Lower Cascades
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Lower Cascades, September 2005
Location Hanging Rock State Park, Stokes County, North Carolina
Coordinates 36°24′54″N 80°16′07″W / 36.414907°N 80.268480°W / 36.414907; -80.268480
Type Cascade
Total height 35 ft (11 m)
Number of drops 1

Lower Cascades is a waterfall in North Central North Carolina, located in Hanging Rock State Park in Stokes County.

History[edit]

The falls was first seen by Europeans when German naturalist Lewis David von Schweinitz discovered it, and was originally named Schweinitz Falls (or Cascades).[1]

Geology[edit]

The waterway is Cascades Creek, which flows through Hanging Rock State Park. The falls has an overhanging bluff and a large plunge pool at the base.

Visiting the Falls[edit]

The falls are open to the public and are accessible beginning at a parking area on the side of Hall Road. Visitors may take a moderate-difficulty 0.3-mile (.5 km) trail to the falls. The trail used to be extremely difficult at the end with a dangerous cliff scramble, but has been made much easier by the addition of a set of stairs to the plunge pool.

Nearby Falls[edit]

Hanging Rock State Park hosts 4 other waterfalls:

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