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Cascades, Virginia
The Cascades Marketplace, designed with a "main street" aesthetic
The Cascades Marketplace, designed with a "main street" aesthetic
Cascades, Virginia is located in Northern Virginia
Cascades, Virginia
Cascades, Virginia
Location in Northern Virginia
Cascades, Virginia is located in Virginia
Cascades, Virginia
Cascades, Virginia
Location in Virginia
Cascades, Virginia is located in the United States
Cascades, Virginia
Cascades, Virginia
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  Virginia
County Flag of Loudoun County, Virginia.svg Loudoun
Area
 • Total 3.75 sq mi (9.71 km2)
 • Land 3.69 sq mi (9.55 km2)
 • Water 0.06 sq mi (0.16 km2)
Elevation
270 ft (80 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 11,912
 • Density 3,232/sq mi (1,247.8/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP code
20165
Area code(s) 703 and 571
FIPS code 51-13403
GNIS feature ID 2584825

Cascades is a census-designated place (CDP) in Loudoun County, Virginia, United States. The population as of the 2010 United States Census was 11,912. Along with nearby Countryside and Lowes Island, it is considered one of the three main components of the Potomac Falls community (ZIP code 20165) within Sterling, Virginia.

Cascades is a planned community of 2,500 acres (1,000 ha) with approximately 6,500 homes. The corresponding homeowners association was incorporated on November 8, 1990. As in nearby Sterling Park, prior to the establishment of the Cascades community in 1990 the area was made up of a few very large farms. The homeowners association maintains five community centers, five swimming pools, 15 tennis courts, and other amenities including extensive paved walking trails. The Lowes Island at Cascades community (commonly referred to as Lowes Island) is an advertised portion of the legal subdivision of Cascades, but is not a legal subdivision itself. The Lowes Island community is centered on Trump National Golf Club Washington, D.C., formerly Lowes Island Country Club. The Cascades development is bordered on the north by the Potomack Lake Sportsplex and Algonkian Regional Park (which abuts the Potomac River); both facilities are included in the Cascades census-designated place. The name "Cascades" alludes to the rapidly descending flow along the Potomac River starting at Lowes Island and leading to Great Falls.

The commercial core of Cascades is Cascades Marketplace, a 318,000-square-foot (29,500 m2) retail center adjacent to the Cascades Public Library and very near the Loudoun campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Great Falls Plaza is a second, smaller retail center located just outside Lowes Island. Area public schools include Potomac Falls High School, River Bend Middle School, Potowmack Elementary School, Horizon Elementary School, and Lowes Island Elementary School. The Cascades area encompasses the gated campus of the Falcons Landing retirement community for retired U.S. military officers. Cascades is served by Loudoun County Sheriff's Office, the Sterling Volunteer Fire Department, and the Potomac Falls post office.

Neighboring communities

As noted above, the northern border of Cascades is bounded by Potomack Lakes Sportsplex and Algonkian Regional Park (which abuts the Potomac River). The neighboring communities are:

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