Cascade Falls and Rootball Loop Trail

MODERATE 66 reviews

Cascade Falls and Rootball Loop Trail is a 2.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Elkridge, MD that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.4 miles 377 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running






wild flowers




  • Cascade Falls
    39.23971, -76.75163
  • Cascade trail start
    39.23042, -76.76071
21 hours ago

Moderately challenging hike with beautiful views. Well maintained trails with amazing wallfalls. Moderate traffic including mountain bikers, families with dogs and kids.
One of my favorites....will see me there offen.

One of my favorite trails. Beautiful, well maintained...amazing waterfalls!
Training up for an AT hike and this trail is a perfect match!
A must hike!!

6 days ago

12 days ago

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 ).

16 days ago

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.

18 days ago

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.

19 days ago

Nice scenic walking/hiking/biking trails. Can get crowded on weekends.

24 days ago

24 days ago

It was happy two hour combination of walking and hiking.
saw some trash here and there but was happy because restroom was clean.
taking my bike next time . I ll definitely recommend it my friends.

24 days ago

28 days ago

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.

1 month ago

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.

1 month ago

Easy. Nice stroll thru the woods.

1 month ago

1 month ago

Great scenery and trail had good signage! looking forward to next time!

1 month ago

Actually had a good time.
Best way to stay in reasonably good shape.
Nice trails, lot's of varying terrain.
Well maintained.
Only covered small part of park.
I will be going back to cover the rest.
Thumbs up.
Have fun.

1 month ago

Gets crowded on the weekends. Jerks leave beer cans. Nice woods.

2 months ago

Trail is well maintained,quiet and the park lovely! Bikers are friendly, but there were many out during my Sunday am hike.

2 months ago

2 months ago

Great for family and friends! Parking it's a long the road.