This is a great trail for all. Plenty of freshwater for the puppy dogs. Well maintained trail and the trees are MARKED. The entire Cascade trail system is marked (BLUE) There is access to this trail system from two locations. Orange Grove/Avalon at the Swinging Bridge or from the top of the valley at Landing Rd. The Rootball trail (Closed) is no more. I have added a picture map of the NEW TRAIL ( Garrett Pass ) which now replaces the old Rootball. You can also look at the new feature trail on the main list ( Cascade Falls and Bike Buster ).
This is a great trail for all. Plenty of freshwater for the puppy dogs. Well maintained trail and the trees are MARKED. The entire Cascade trail system is marked (BLUE) There is access to this trail system from two locations. Orange Grove/Avalon at the Swinging Bridge or from the top of the valley at Landing Rd.
Went hiking with mom and really enjoyed the color change of the leaves - can only imagine what it would've looked like a month earlier. Well marked trails and varied scenery of waterfalls, cascades, and rock formations. Easy hike. Would definitely come back.
Part of Rootball Trail was closed off to prevent erosion issues, we diverted north and make a bigger loop, worked out well. Enjoyed the hike, want to explore more of this area. Went during the week, wasn't crowded at all, passed several bicyclist and maybe 15 people total over two and a half hours.
This is a great loop indeed and I have enjoyed it many times. Parked at the Swinging Bridge. Walk across the Bridge and turn LEFT. Go up the Grist Mill to the tunnel. Enter the tunnel from the LEFT side to get to the Sawmill Trail. ( Marked ). The Santee trail is (White) and to the right. You can take a break in the Hilton area and the Kids can play at the Tire Park in the Playground. You will need to break trail a few minute's to get to the restrooms then go and enjoy the rest of you Trek.
This mapped trail is much easier if you park your car in the Park at the Glen Artney Area. At Lost Lake, drive through the Tunnel and go straight up the road and park at Soapstone ( Bottom of this Map ) near the bathrooms. Start walking the LEFT side of this trail first. Its easier to come down the Bike Jumper Trail. I am a handicap senior and have done it many times.
Park at the Swinging Bridge, (Orange Grove Area). Hike up to the Cascade Falls and take a few photos. This trail has a few boulders to go over up near the falls. Beware of the weather because of water flow and stream crossing. My daughter and I hike this area weekly and the Howard Co. side is much easier for me because I am a Handicap Senior. Away great to have hiking poles and good trekking boots.
One of our favorite hikes in the area. Very nice hike with moderate hills. The blue trail is the cascade trail which features a waterfall and is more heavily trafficked. This loop can be modified to be longer and shorter based on how long you'd like to go.