Cascadas de Huesna (Cascadas del Hueznar)

San Nicolas del Puerto / Parque Natural Sierra Norte de Sevilla, Sevilla, Spain

About Cascadas de Huesna (Cascadas del Hueznar)


Hiking Distance: 2km loop; some scrambling
Suggested Time: 75-90 minutes

Date first visited: 2015-05-24
Date last visited: 2015-05-24

Waterfall Latitude: 37.99344
Waterfall Longitude: -5.6681

The Cascadas de Huesna were a series of modest-sized waterfalls near the small town of San Nicolás del Puerto.

I’ve also seen these waterfalls referred to as the Cascadas del Hueznar or more accurately Cascadas del Huéznar (with the accent).

Huesna_010_05242015 - One of the Cascadas de Huesna
One of the Cascadas de Huesna

Given the reputation of Southern Spain as being very hot in the Summer months, it seemed like these waterfalls were popular mostly because these falls could also double as swimming holes to cool off from the heat.

That said, we found these waterfalls to be beautiful in their own right.

Indeed, they were well worth the half-day detour from the beautiful and charming city of Sevilla.

In our visit of the Cascadas de Huesna, I counted about four waterfalls of varying sizes with the largest one (pictured above) probably on the order of 10-15m tall.

Going into our visit, I looked at Wikiruta and noticed that the waterfalls were quite spread out from each other.

So it was conceivable that there could be quite a few more waterfalls than what I can describe on this page.

Limestone Waters

Huesna_019_05242015 - Closer look at the limestone formations around the plunge pool of the first of the Cascadas de Huesna
Closer look at the limestone formations around the plunge pool of the first of the Cascadas de Huesna

I had read that the waters of this area were rich in calcium carbonate (the same stuff that becomes limestone).

This tended to create the karst-like travertine formations while possibly growing the stream banks and the cliffs supporting the waterfalls.

Apparently, the rate of growth of the limestone tended to exceed that of the erosive forces of the moving water.

This created a net growth in the limestone deposited.

So over time, the underlying limestone beneath the water’s flow would continue to grow.

Therefore, the limestone deposits could possibly grow or shrink the waterfalls’ height as long as the height of the limestone lip relative to the limestone at the base grows or shrinks, respectively.

Summary of the Cascadas de Huesna Experience

Huesna_044_05242015 - Picnicking infrastructure at area around the Cascadas de Huesna even though trail signage was surprisingly lacking during our visit in May 2015
Picnicking infrastructure at area around the Cascadas de Huesna even though trail signage was surprisingly lacking during our visit in May 2015

I was surprised by the lack of signage of this entire hike so I was never really sure if I was on a sanctioned trail or not.

In any case, the entire loop took me about 75 minutes total, including all the stopping along the way.

I guess this place had more of an adventurous vibe where you pretty much get to take your pick of which waterfall to frolick at.

In that sense, this experience was unusual compared to other waterfalls we’ve been to which would’ve been more well-signed and would’ve had a more obvious trail to follow to minimize scrambling erosion from going off trail.

That said, there were also plenty of picnic areas for families and friends to gather and enjoy just being in this natural setting.

So I guess you pretty much can shape your experience here to be however you want it to be.

Experiencing the Cascadas de Huesna – From Upper Car Park to the Uppermost Waterfall

Huesna_004_05242015 - Looking back at the power pylon next to the car park seen from the field fronting the stone house
Looking back at the power pylon next to the car park seen from the field fronting the stone house

There seemed to be at least two car parks during our visit.

We happened to take the highest one closest to the town of San Nicolás del Puerto so we’ll describe our walking route from there.

Driving directions are given later on this page.

First, we walked towards some kind of power pylon, which served as our initial landmark since the trail didn’t seem to be well-marked.

We noticed another car park further down the hill from us, but there didn’t seem to be a direct trail connecting the two in the immediate area.

Huesna_050_05242015 - While on the Cascadas de Huesna adventure, I noticed this old-looking stone house that didn't appear to be in use
While on the Cascadas de Huesna adventure, I noticed this old-looking stone house that didn’t appear to be in use

On the other side of the pylon, there was a field as well as some old-looking stone house.

A trail-of-use cut through the field and led us towards the trees, which were flanking the stream.

Not sure which way we were supposed to go next, we followed the stream until we reached the brink of the first waterfall (the one showed at the top of this page).

However, there was no safe way to descend to the bottom from up here so we eventually asked some visitors.

They told us to cross the creek, then cut through another field on the other side of the stream.

Huesna_013_05242015 - Another look at the first of the Huesna Waterfalls. Note the underlying limestone surface, which has given rise to this and other waterfalls in the Sierra Norte de Sevilla Natural Park
Another look at the first of the Huesna Waterfalls. Note the underlying limestone surface, which has given rise to this and other waterfalls in the Sierra Norte de Sevilla Natural Park

I noticed that here was a sign at the field saying something in Spanish to the effect of not being allowed to pass through, but everyone here seemed to ignore it.

Once we did as they said, we then encountered a branch in the trail of use and went left to descend to the level of the stream.

From there, we followed the stream uphill to get back up towards the base of the first waterfall.

Unfortunately, it was a bit overgrown so in order to get a cleaner look at the falls, we had to cross the stream.

The protruding rocks were sparse enough that it was very easy to get our feet and wool socks wet, but it was possible to keep them dry with Gore-tex boots.

Huesna_021_05242015 - Partial view of the first of the Cascadas de Huesna waterfalls
Partial view of the first of the Cascadas de Huesna waterfalls

And it was only from the other side of the stream was I able to get the view that you see at the top of this page.

This was the only waterfall that Julie and Tahia saw as they headed back up to the car content to see just this waterfall.

Experiencing the Cascadas de Huesna – From the First Waterfall to the Second Waterfall

Meanwhile, I did a little more exploring by backtracking to the field with the branch in the trail of use.

Then, I continued going in the downhill direction until I had reached another branch.

It seemed like these trails of use had criss-crossed this natural park, but I didn’t see anything in the way of direction trail markers.

Huesna_025_05242015 - Balancing on old walls in order to access the second of the Cascadas de Huesna
Balancing on old walls in order to access the second of the Cascadas de Huesna

Thus, it was hard for me to tell whether I was going on legitimate paths or going the right way or not.

Anyways, after taking the left branch, I then scrambled down a steep path before I veered left at the bottom.

Next, I headed upstream towards what would turn out to be a second waterfall, which happened to be further down the same stream as the first waterfall.

Like the first waterfall, they were similar in appearance except the second one might be slightly smaller.

But unlike the first falls, this second one had remnants of walls that I had to balance on in order to get in front of it.

Huesna_030_05242015 - Direct look at the second of the Cascadas de Huesna, which was lighter flowing than the first waterfall
Direct look at the second of the Cascadas de Huesna, which was lighter flowing than the first waterfall

Since there were several people down here as well as what seemed to be a party further downstream, this place wasn’t as secluded as one would think given the amount of scrambling I had to do to get here.

I don’t know about the history of how the walls came to be here, but they did look like there was a heritage behind them.

Experiencing the Cascadas de Huesna – From the Second Waterfall to the Remaining Waterfalls

Anyways, when I had my fill of the second falls, I then followed the trails of use back up to the second branch that I encountered.

Then, I continued further past some sign indicating that there was supposed to be some fish refuge (“Refugio de Pesca”).

That put me face-to-face with a somewhat wide stream.

Huesna_034_05242015 - Approaching the third waterfall, which really seemed more like a series of cascades
Approaching the third waterfall, which really seemed more like a series of cascades

Since I saw that there was a series of cascades further upstream, I followed some folks and found a way to cross this stream without wading in it.

Then, I followed a rough path upstream on the left side of its banks until I reached an area where there was a cascading stream being joined by a few other small waterfalls adjacent to it.

Near the stream-crossing route that I took, there was a more established trail that hugged some fence (probably marking the boundary of the natural park).

This more established trail ultimately led me back up towards a picnic area and possibly the second car park that we had seen but couldn’t reach at the very beginning of the hike.

Huesna_049_05242015 - The last of the Cascadas de Huesna that I encountered on the hike
The last of the Cascadas de Huesna that I encountered on the hike

I then followed the path uphill from this picnic area and found a few smaller spur trails to the right leading to a lookout of a tiny waterfall (this one was signposted).

This was the last of the waterfalls that I would encounter.

When I followed the trail further upstream, I then found myself back at the stone house fronted by a field next to the power pylon.

Thus, I had completed what turned out to be a loop hike and rejoined Julie and Tahia at the car park.

Authorities

The Cascadas de Huesna reside near the town of San Nicolás del Puerto in the Sevilla Province of Spain. It may be administered as part of the Sierra Norte de Sevilla Natural Park. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, you may want to visit this website.

Huesna_055_05242015 - This was the power pylon near the upper car park.  That other couple headed to the pylon was heading away from the car park and towards the Cascadas de Huesna
Huesna_011_05242015 - This was the first of the Cascadas de Huesna waterfalls that we encountered, which came after doing a creek crossing somewhere further upstream above this falls, then crossing some field before descending down to the stream level where we then went upstream
Huesna_023_05242015 - This was the open field between the first and second waterfalls of the Cascadas de Huesna. That field was also the link between our creek crossing point and the first waterfall.
Huesna_024_05242015 - This was the steep trail-of-use that I had to go down (then back up afterwards) to reach the base of the second waterfall
Huesna_031_05242015 - This was one of the few signs that I saw along the excursion for the Cascadas de Huesna. Unfortunately, this one didn't serve the purpose of directing us so it felt like we were pretty much on our own to do the exploring
Huesna_042_05242015 - This series of cascades was the third waterfall that I encountered. It took a little bit of an upstream scramble alongside the creek (different creek than the first two waterfalls) to reach this one
Huesna_045_05242015 - I believe this was a spur path that led me towards the fourth waterfall that I encountered at Cascadas de Huesna

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To reach the Cascadas de Huesna from the city of Sevilla after navigating the city streets to get to the nearest autovía (freeway), we then headed east on the A-4 (Autovía del Sur) for roughly 30km.

We then took the A-457 north from Carmona for about 24km.

Next, we headed north on the A-455, which left from Lora del Río, and followed this route for another 30km or so until we hung a right to go onto the SE-7102 road (by now we’re in the Natural Parque de Sierra Norte).

We then followed the SE-7102 road for about 14km heading into the town of San Nicolás del Puerto, then turning left to go onto the SE-7101 just outside the northern end of town.

Huesna_001_05242015 - The upper car park (the first and the nearest one that we encountered) for the Cascadas de Huesna in the Parque Natural de Sierra Norte
The upper car park (the first and the nearest one that we encountered) for the Cascadas de Huesna in the Parque Natural de Sierra Norte

Once we were on the SE-7101, we followed this road for 1.3km until there was a signposted spur on our left leading down a fairly rutted path directly to the car park.

There appeared to be another car park further down the SE-7101 another 600m or so, but if you start from there, then you’re probably going to do the waterfalls in a different order than what I had described above.

That said, it probably doesn’t matter how you experience the waterfalls since the “trails” didn’t seem to be well-marked anyways.

Overall, the drive between Sevilla and the car parks for Cascadas de Huesna took us about 1 hour and 45 minutes in each direction.

To give you some geographical context, Sevilla was 140km (over 1.5 hours drive or about 45 minutes by AVE train) southwest of Córdoba, 205km (2.5 hours drive) northwest of Málaga, 250km (2.5 hours drive) west of Granada, and 530km (about 5 hours drive) northeast of Madrid.

Sweep around what was perhaps the largest and most interesting of the many waterfalls comprising the Cascadas de Hueznar (or Huesna)


view of the second waterfall that I encountered, which was further downstream of the first (and largest) of the falls


sweeping around a group of cascades with a handful of Spanish folks enjoying them

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