Virginia Cascades is a drive by waterfall. Which I literally mean because that is exactly what we did when trying to visit it. Located just around a mile from Norris on the way to Canyon is the two and half mile one-way dirt road. It is narrow but lightly trafficked with cliff steep drop-offs on the passenger side. Having never driven the road before we were expecting some sort of pullout for an overlook of the falls. There really is none. The park service does have some side pullouts that can fit a couple of cars. So we just sailed right by the first time and saw the Virginia Cascades out the side of our window.
Luckily it is just a turnaround back to the entrance to the Virginia Cascades. This time we knew what we were looking for which is a short series of concrete barriers. Right before the barriers there is a short pullout on the left that can fit a few cars. Be careful walking down the road for a different view of the falls. The road is narrow so oncoming traffic does not have a lot of room to maneuver around.
The Virginia Cascades is a 60-foot cascading waterfall on the Gibbon River. It’s a nice waterfall but there are many more scenic ones in Yellowstone National Park. Now is it worth the 10 to 15 minute detour off the main road between Norris and Canyon? It just depends how much time you have in the park. If time is limited I would say skip it. If you will be in the park for a week and this is your second time making the drive from Norris to Canyon. I would say go for it especially if you make use of the small picnic area just past the Virginia Cascades.
- Waterfalls of Yellowstone
There are many waterfalls in Yellowstone National Park to choose from, some are roadside falls like Moose Falls, Gibbon Falls, Rustic Falls, Undine Falls, Lewis Falls Kepler Cascades, and of course the extraordinary Upper and Lower Falls while others require a hike to see like Wraith Falls, Lost Creek Falls, Fairy Falls or Mystic Falls. Whatever your plans are when you visit Yellowstone National Park make sure you seek out some of the great waterfalls that can be found in the park.
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