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The Blue Ridge Parkway - Mile 271.9 - E.B. Jeffress Park and The Cascades

E. B. Jeffress Park is a small park along the parkway that offers great views, hiking trails, and a gorgeous waterfall.  The park, which was named after the former Chairman of the North Carolina State Highway Commission, was created in 1968.  Jeffress was a strong proponent of the Parkway and was a key factor in stopping the Parkway from being a toll road. 
 
One of the key attractions within the park is The Cascades.  The waterfall which carries Falls Creek is easily accessible via a short hiking trail from the overlook parking lot.  The trail is not difficult and is lined with numerous hardwoods and azaleas.  Throughout the trail, there are small sign posts describing the variety of plants and wildlife that habitat the area.

Cascade and Trail Photos:

One of the many rustic footbridges found on the Cascades Trail.

This rock in Falls Creek resembles the face of a cat.

The start of The Cascades waterfall.

Falls Creek will tumble and slide down the rock face to the Piedmont below.

The views from the overlook parking lot are just as spectacular.
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