Explore the most popular waterfall trails in Maryland with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Beautiful trail with two great waterfalls at either end. Great for all ages being just under a mile for the full loop. We hiked with lots of snow and it was a magnificent site.

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rocky
12 hours ago

Beautiful winter hike. We hiked early Saturday, just before the snow fell. It wasn’t too cold. It was a little muddy in some places but most of the mud froze over, so it made it easier to pass through. The trail isn’t marked very well when you get to the middle. But overall, it was a blast! Definitely recommend.

Great short hike. I went in January. Lots of ice. I was fine in hiking boots. My pup loved it.

Decent winter hike.

Super easy hike! Beautiful!

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3 days ago

Beautiful Beautiful Place. The power of the water is amazing. Multiple places for nice pictures.

Beautiful trail, even on a muddy winter day, with several pretty features like a river, waterfall, and winding paths with some light scrabbling over streams.

The Dam is completely gone and they are grading the hill to be able to complete the Grist Mill Trail. - I spoke with the State Park Supervisor regarding the Grist Mill Trail. - He informed me that when the construction crew finished up top where the dam was then work will start on the sections down below. The only damage below in the Memorial Day storm was two Foot Bridges and the parking lot at the Pond. I will keep you up to date regarding this matter. - This is basically why I have been hiking one side of the park more then the other. - The Grist Mill is the main connector to the entire Baltimore County side of the Avalon, Orange Grove, Hilton, Glen Artney and Hilltop trails.

Wonderful overlook

Nice 2 mile hike.

What a beautiful day on the trail. - The temperatures almost got in the 50's. - It even feels warmer when the wind isn't blowing. - I continue to basically hike in the same area but I do hike it in many different ways. - The restroom by the swinging bridge and down at the playground are the only two open. - Quite a few cars in the park for being a weekday. - Many people walking dogs on the park main River Rd.

Muddy, but a great walk. I ended up extending the trail with a detour onto Garrett's Pass, and I practically had the trail to myself the whole way. I took the loop counterclockwise, which I highly recommend if your knees have issues going downhill.

1/6/19: This hike was a great break from being in D.C. There is a lot to see in a relatively close proximity. I hiked counterclockwise starting with Chimney Rock and saving Cunningham Falls for last. There’s a nice bench at the Thurmont Vista for lunch and the trails are very clearly marked. I took a few side excursions and and walked all the way around Wolf Rock and ended with 11.3 miles total. Parts of the trail was extremely crowded, while the stretch between Thurmont Vista and Blue Ridge Summit Vista was empty. There is one restroom at the Hog Rock parking area along with picnic tables. The only two draw backs are crossing the road to get to Cunningham Falls and front side of the trails follows along the road. The short .5 miles stroll to the Blue Blazes Moonshine Still has an outstanding story to go along with it.

Went out hiking today and section A of the Billy Goat Trail is closed due to flooding. Hoping to come back this summer and experience the full trail as we were looking forward to climbing over the rocks in that section.

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11 days ago

Went in July with friends. Did it’s backwards beginning with C. B was the best part because it wasn’t as clogged as A with a bottle neck effect occurring at the steep rock face.

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13 days ago

Great trail. Kinda beat up at parts because of the horse use but it’s still quite nice. Great views. Cool covered bridge. Will be returning to area to complete other trails as well as a large loop in the future.

Not 'hard' as rated... very easy in fact. First 2 miles is like a boardwalk, then there is one big hill towards turn around point into some nifty power lines. followed the white trail, it is a bit easy to get lost near the houses.

Did this trail with my son in August 2016. Very easy trail clearly marked with lots of traffic, slightly hilly but very gentle. Beautiful area tree covered and follows a steam from the falls. Unfortunately it was very dry that summer so not much water was coming off the falls. So much so that idiots were climbing all the way to the top ruining the view. There’s always one I guess. Fully intend on going back soon.

We had a great hike as a family group!

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14 days ago

I’ve never seen the falls with this amount of water! It was a powerful display of nature!

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16 days ago

Muddy, and no trail to follow. Steep, slippery. Not kid friendly

From where i started it was easy to get to the falls, sign says cascade trail and it follows the brook all the way to the falls then continues to river rd.
The blue trail seems to cross itself a couple of times and that might cause some confusion.
I like to go off trail so I found old fire pits and foundations so this must have been a pretty good recreation area in the not too distant past.
I even found some old restroom foundations i suspect one was mens and the other women, posting pictures of them.
My phone died so i wasn't able to take more pictures or record my hike.

I loved it! it was my first "official" hike. this is a new hobby for me. my only thing was it wasn't staked out very well, so I'm pretty sure I walked the path a little extra than anticipated. lol

I loved it. Great views. Therapeutic.

great hike. had a little difficulty finding the trail to begin with, but once we found it, all was great. took our dog too. great views from black rock overlook.

We took our 5 and 7 year old daughters to hike this trail and it was great. We went on a mild December day so we weren't able to get in the water but the view of the falls was still worth it. It's a short hike with plenty of interesting features for kids. We made the short drive to Eden Mill Nature Center afterwards to round out the day. We will definitely be going back!

Varied terrain was nice.

No real overlook views. Suggest not doing the side loop that is really nothing to it. BTW, total distance is about 6.5mi. Really muddy due to record rain fall.

Would do again, when drier.

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20 days ago

The day after Christmas and the temps were in the mid 40's but with no wind it felt like 60's. - Lots of people on the trails.- River Road trail is still only open up to where the Dam once was. - The hill where the Grist Mill was is still being re-created. - If you park at the Swinging Bridge its just a small hike up to Cascade Falls. The Falls trail is near the restroom. When you hike up be sure to turn LEFT at the split along the wooden fence. - Instead of back tracking down from the Falls I hiked part of the Ridge Trail to the left and went back down a different way.

Went out today on trail and was pretty good. We did do the trail in reverse so the falls were the last thing we saw. There are a lot of people biking on this trail though so watch out. Not all the bike riders were willing to give a heads up they were coming, which is difficult when you have two kids and a dog in tow. There were also a great deal of people walking with their dogs, they were all on leash and very nice. Overall I was amazed how many people were out on the trail even the day after the holidays, so i can only guess how busy it must get the rest of the year.

Good trail. Close to a neighborhood at some point but overall great trail. Almost no markings, need this app to follow the trails

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