The Cascade Falls Trail is part of the Pine Mountain Trail, located within the F. D. Roosevelt State Park. Several waterfalls punctuate the trail, and while they may be small compared to better known waterfalls in North Georgia, they nonetheless provide great views. This post focuses on the trail as hiked from the WJSB-TV tower parking lot, just south of Warm Springs. The round trip to Cascade Falls and back is approximately 4.1 miles and will take about 3 hours with stops.
I’ll share the waterfalls first, since they are the main attraction, and then images from the trail.
Waterfalls of the Cascade Falls Trail, FDR State Park
Csonka Falls will be the first waterfall you reach on the trail.
Big Rock Falls will be the next point of interest. It’s a great spot to take a rest.
The third waterfall is Slippery Rock Falls, and it is my favorite spot on the trail.
It’s another good rest stop, but the rocks live up to their name and are indeed quite slippery.
About 2.1 miles from the trailhead, hikers are at last rewarded with the highlight of the trail, Cascade Falls. Like all the waterfalls along the trail, it’s marked with a wooden sign.
The pool below the falls is a nice place to cool your feet in the summertime, and to take a rest before returning to the trailhead.
Cascade Falls Trail, F. D. Roosevelt State Park
This easternmost section of the Pine Mountain Trail is popular with hikers for its waterfalls, but the landscape of this area is equally interesting. It’s the most mountainous section of Georgia south of Atlanta.
The first part of the hike crosses relatively flat land.
The topography changes as the trail winds it way toward the falls, following Wolfden Creek, also known as Wolfden Branch.
The creek runs mostly parallel to the trail, but it crosses it 13 times.
One of the interesting features of the trail are the large rocks that litter the woods.
They make good seats if you need to take a break from the walk.
You’ll also likely notice many fallen trees. They’re remnants of a 2011 tornado.
Past Slippery Rock Falls, the trail begins it highest rise.
For casual hikers, it can be a bit of a challenge.
Bumblebee Ridge is the highest point before reaching Cascade Falls, and offers nice views (and a bench).
Plants of Cascade Falls Trail, F. D. Roosevelt State Park
Early Spring is a great time to hike the trail, and you’ll encounter a variety of early wildflowers, and a reptile or two. Be careful of Copperheads, though, as this is prime habitat for the poisonous snakes.
Native azaleas were just beginning to bloom and were fairly common along the trail. I was here too early to see the Mountain Laurels, which reach the southern end of their range near here.
Keep an eye out for one of my favorite native plants, the Bird-Foot Violet.
I found this Oxalis blooming in a crevice between two rocks. I believe it’s a Wood Sorrel, but am not positive as to which species.
A real surprise was this Dwarf, or Spring, Iris.
Beautiful pictures! I am putting that trail on our list for the next time I am up that way!
Brian: A welcome change! Have you investigated the crumbling mansions on the hillside behind the Little White House? As it was explained to me by a disgruntled park employee, these beautiful old homes were being maliciously allowed to disintegrate by Republican partisans who want to eradicate the legacy of FDR. It is truly criminal to see such magnificent buildings being allowed to rot for want of a patched roof, all due to political prejudice.
Great Photo’s Brian. Looks like a great place to explore and enjoy. Those native plants are awesome!
Brian, Thank you for sharing your hike with us. I mostly live my life vicariously these days, and can imagine being on the trail with you. Wonderful photos! Nice surprise!
Glad you enjoyed, Sharon. Thanks for the encouraging words!