Named for the cascading waterfall visible from Cataract Street, Cascades Park abuts a number of other conservation areas and parks. This park has many hiking and nature trails which consist of interesting geographic features, most notably, the waterfall which leads into Cook Pond.
The falls are fully visible from roadside on the bridge on Cataract St. Cascades Park asks that you do not climb to the falls on the right side of them as it is very steep and enough erosion has already been caused. There are no signs currently stating that you can’t scramble up the left side of the falls, but it is just as rough and not recommended due to the loose rock.
If you are so inclined, you can hike to the top of the falls by following the blue-blazed Cascades Trail as it winds its way steadily uphill for 0.2 mile. The views are limited from the top of the falls and there are no more cascades to be found above the main falls.
Cascade Falls Loop Trail is a 1.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Worcester, Massachusetts that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.