Cascade Falls Loop Trail

MODERATE 336 reviews

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

DISTANCE
2.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
285 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

Rootball Trail is currently closed.

hiking
5 days ago

A nice rocky hike tucked in the middle of suburbia. There are a few housing developments surrounding the park/trail, so you have to park on the side of the road and walk down to the trailhead.

hiking
14 days ago

:)

hiking
19 days ago

The closed trail at the base near the parking lot and the bathrooms is worth a second look. Watch out for the beam at the bottom. Longing to go back already.

1 month ago

Loved it. The perfect short hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Very well maintained trail, although it can get crowded on weekends. Great for trail running. Mainly like it because the trail is varied, not paved and away from the highway noise.

hiking
1 month ago

We liked this hike. A little bit of rock scrambling is fun for the wee ones. I went with a 5 year old and 11 year old. Hiking boots not necessary. Crocs worked just fine and let the kids get wet in the water.

1 month ago

Not recommended for seniors. The path soon narrows to a walk filled with sharp stones and large roots often too close to the a cliff above the river. This combined with a busy traffic and streams that must be waded makes the walk unpleasant and perhaps dangerous.

1 month ago

Nice trail. Quiet. Waterfall is pleasant to sit in front of for relaxation.

hiking
2 months ago

The weather has been great temperature wise. The Weather people continue to get it wrong but they get to keep their jobs. Funny! Everyday they call for rain but it only happens at night. Lucky us but be sure to carry a raincoat.

2 months ago

Beautiful trail, a little confusing as there are multiple ways to reach the trail but the falls are worth it

trail running
2 months ago

This is a very pretty trail? But the area around the falls is very crowded which can make running through a challenge. The other areas of the loop are open.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice, pleasant hike with well-maintained trails. The swinging bridge is also a sweet destination!

3 months ago

Clean and well maintained trail. The water falls are nice and would be fun to swim or splash in. This trail was also moderately challenging but not too long, making it a good day hike. It is also near the swinging bridge. I wish it connected to other trails for a longer hike. Maybe it does, but we couldn't find the trails!

hiking
3 months ago

Nice trail. Pretty waterfalls and trees. Trail markers not as clear as I'm used to.

3 months ago

Fun trail, nice easy hike but still a decent workout

hiking
3 months ago

Pretty trail along a stream that eventually leads to a small waterfall. Very dog friendly, and my older dog and puppy enjoyed themselves! Parts of this trail are very steep, and very rocky. Take your time because it is easy to slip. Friend sprained her ankle on a slippery rock. However the park rangers are awesome and met us at the road, then drove us back to my vehicle. Looking forward to going back again soon!

backpacking
3 months ago

Super great Labor Day hike. Knowing it was a holiday I knew the park was going to be super crowded so I recommend going very early or go late. I got on trail at 10 in the morning and saw tons of bikers and hikers. Most of the crowd always flocks at the Cascade Falls. The Falls trail is marked (BLUE). Once you hike above that section the crowd always thins out. I hike 5 different named trails and they are all well defined. When you hike the Howard County side the trail system has many options of hiking short or even longer trails. The key trail here is the Old Connector which is marked ( GREEN ). This short connecting trail will be a key factor in the distance you wish to hike. The weather was nice and there was a good breeze. I talked to many people and everybody was happy, friendly and having a great day. Tomorrow, I will be back on the trail and probably see no one. ( Old Retired Farts ).

3 months ago

Beautiful place to see and clean water!

3 months ago

This was a fun trail. You do have to watch your footing so not a great option if you have toddlers - carry them instead. The trail meandered back and forth by the stream. We did maybe 2-3 easy stream crossings. The water is very shallow. Very shady and cool since we went right before sunset. Nice way to end the day. Parking was by the side on the road. From all trails app the area is just beyond the address provided.

hiking
3 months ago

Great walk. My son loved walking along the water, climbing the rocks, etc. Really not challenging.
BIG FYI - To take this path, park along the road, it's across from a neighborhood. This isn't part of the park entrance, so it's free.

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