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Cascade Springs, Charleston

Must see · Wildlife Area · Hidden Gem · Hiking Trail
A natural collection of streams, Cascade Springs gather to empty and fill into pools, surrounded by lush vegetation. The area offers good walkways, ideal for accessing the pools and observing without damaging the scenery. Signs along the trail explain the geology of this natural wonder. Also available to visitors, parking area and restrooms at the trailhead. A visit to Cascade Springs represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Charleston online holiday planner to plot your vacation.
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  • Cascade Springs is a magnificent sanctuary of life. It also is a fascinating geography tale. Unlike lots of water sources, the Spring water emerges from the ground as a result of a past glacier. The.....  more »
  • It costs a few dollars to get into the forest, and then it is a beautiful drive into the canyon to get to Cascade Springs. The walk is short but so beautiful. Lots of fish and plants. Take your...  more »
  • It's just a short hike to some beautiful springs and falls. The lower parking lot is closed due to road construction, however the upper parking lot is just a short hike down to the spring and...  more »
  • It's a bit of a drive to get to, so plan on having something enjoyable to listen to on the road, but once you're there it's great. The hike is nice and easy and the springs are just really gorgeous. You walk up through some bushes and suddenly there is a riverbed with water seeping from the ground, as though rivers just spontaneously sprout from the earth. The spread of locations water springs makes it really cool. At the loop of the hike there are walkways that take you over the pools and it's incredibly picturesque.
  • Such a beautiful place! Definitely wade through the traffic to get to cascade springs and go the extra walk to the lower springs, that's where the magic is. If you get there around 4pm the sun is just right for some great pictures.
  • The Cascade Springs are a nice place to visit. It is peaceful with plenty of variety in plant life and animals (but you have to watch carefully to see the animals). On this visit we saw several wild turkeys and some ruffed grouse. I gave it 4 stars because construction won't allow driving to the lower parking lot which means you will have a moderate walk from the upper parking lot to the springs. Also, there are usually two way to get to the Springs by car. The primary route is the Alpine Loop road that can be accessed from Provo Canyon (take the Sundance turnoff) or from American Fork Canyon. From both directions the road is initially well maintained. Eventually it turns into a paved "mountain road" which a winding road with a fair number of blind corners and barely enough room to get two vehicles through at once in several sections. The turnoff for Cascade Springs is clearly marked. There is another access that goes over the ridge east of the springs and ends up on the road between Charleston and Midway, quite close to Soldier Hollow. This road has been a typical gravelled mountain road but is currently being upgraded and is inaccessible. The road construction is the reason it is not possible to drive to the lower parking lot at the Springs.
  • It was a nice little place with plenty of water and fairly easy, but hilly, paved hiking trails. However, the lower road and lot are closed and there is absolutely NO WARNING! This made a tough hike for some older couples, and one poor guy on crutches, who after driving 7 miles, had to turn around without seeing anything! There should have been some warning before you turn off the main road!
  • Totally gorgeous it's a little walk down to see the springs on a paved trail / wooden trail. The road that goes to Heber Utah is closed as of October 1. So plan into your trip to back track. On the way there it's BREATHTAKING!!!

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