The Cascades Picnic Area

A large rock formation rises above the trees that surround a picnic table and fire pit. A rivers' edge is nearby.

Quick Facts

Grill, Picnic Table, Recycling, Restroom, Trash/Litter Receptacles, Wheelchair Accessible

During the spring, torrents of water from melted snow thunder over a precipice to form The Cascades waterfall. Bring a picnic and enjoy it while listening to the water of The Cascades and the Merced River.

Picnic tables and grills are available at this scenic spot near the Cascades waterfall and along the Merced River.


Getting Here:
Located on El Portal Road (Highway 140), between the Arch Rock Entrance and Yosemite Valley.

Rules & Regulations:
Picnic areas are available on a first-come, first-served basis (reservations are not available).

Hazards & Warnings:
For your safety and that of wildlife:
Keep your distance from animals, even if they approach you.
Never feed wild animals.
Dispose of trash in bear-proof trash cans or dumpsters.
While enjoying your picnic, keep your food, trash, and other scented items within arm's reach.
If a bear approaches, yell as loudly as possible to scare the bear away.

Water Safety
Stay back from stream and river banks and avoid "rock hopping."
Supervise children closely when around ALL water.
Melted snow water is cold! Hypothermia can be a serious result of continuous cold water contact.

The Cascades Picnic Area features accessible picnic tables with extended tops, accessible restrooms, and grills that are accessible. Designated accessible parking spaces are available nearby.

Yosemite National Park

Last updated: April 8, 2021