This beautiful waterfall, known simply as Cascade Falls or The Cascades, is located about 15 miles east of Boone, NC at mile #272 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. It's a fairly easy 1.2 mile hike, although there are lots of steps, to two different overlooks. I wasn't able to find the exact height of the falls. What you see above is the top of the main waterfall, but from here, the water cascades down an enormous slide (click photo below to enlarge the view looking down the cascades). Signs warn to stick to the main trail and behind the stone walls at the overlooks. Click here for more information and beautiful photos.