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.

trail running
2 days ago

Please remove the protruding blowdown at 39.23987, -76.74987 — it is a true hazard and someone could get hurt. Otherwise, 5 stars.

Completed: 07/19/2018

2 days ago

This trail is hard, not moderate. There are many areas where the trail is very narrow (like a game trail) and it takes you up the side of mountains. Very steep mountains. I’m afraid of heights, so I opted to leave the trail a few times and followed the creek instead. Definitely take water shoes with you as you have to cross the creek several times. Plus, it’s too tempting not to swim, so they’ll come in handy for that too. I won’t do the whole trail again, but I’ll be back to do parts of it and to enjoy the creek more. Absolutely gorgeous.

Did the A trail with 2 teens. challenging spots for a nice workout. Not too crowed. Going back again for sure!

This was our 1st hike in Patapsco Valley State Park and we loved it. The path from Landing road was easy to find. The waterfall was cool and offered a nice resting & refuel waypoint. After we crossed the waterfall we completed the loop which offered a few nice elevation changes. We had to follow the GPS to complete the loop, we had to back track twice to stay on the correct trail.

Great hike with the kids! Tons of stop off points. Front end is more entertaining than the back end. Though the back end is definitely less trafficked.

trail running
6 days ago

Ran a segment of the Avalon Loop Trail. Great trail for running, but watch out for bikers!

This segment is one of my go-to courses for training and mile repeats. 4 miles total.

Completed: 07/15/2018

fun trail, easy enough for kids too.

Great spots along the river and good bouldering cliffs. Very overgrown at beginning of trailhead (poison ivy)

It was good not that great. but you will have couple of good views up there. for me its good experience because i climbed rock which is little bit challenging.

This is a very challenging trail system with a lot of elevation changes. - On the Elkridge County side of the Patapsco ( Howard County ) are multi trails that can be hiked in many ways. This loop could have been larger but 7 miles is enough for this old senior. There are two connector trails you can take if you wish to shorten the loop. You could also have hiked the Cascade Falls trail which is color coded ( blue ). The entire trail system is well marked and color-coded, except for Garrett's Pass but I would recommend a map as a backup. If you are biking this loop you are good to go. Bikes are not allow on the lower section directly where the falls are. You would stay on the upper Cascade and bike directly to the Ridge Trail. The only restroom and freshwater is located at the Swinging Bridge. The only other spot for water or restroom would be at the playground. You would have to go down the Water Bars or the NEW Ridge Extension trail and go to the Playground. The NEW Ridge Extension trail is right in front of the Restroom.

Great hike with lots of little spots for wading in the water or shallow pools for kids to play in.

Busy trail although we did visit the day after a holiday. Parking lot was full at noon but the ranger let us wait in line until a spot opened which only took 10 minutes. Bring your water shoes to cross the river and get a better view of the waterfall! Trail is nicely shaded.

very nice walk and good get away!!!

Easy hike- took my 7yr old and puppy. Small but pretty waterfall and pretty walk along the creek. A lot of families, kids, bikers, runners. Felt safe. Overall very nice

Very cute easy trail that is very well maintained! Came across a handful of mountain bikers throughout the 3mile hike and plenty of people and dogs. Wasn’t as crowded as I thought it’d be (definitely not as bad as sugarloaf mountain). The falls are tiny but cute and it has 2 small pools below it that you can hang out in. The top pool is only about 3ft deep at its deepest and the bottom pool is max 2ft deep. Great spot to bring a friendly dog (my 10lb dog loved it, couldn’t bring my 30lb dog because she doesn’t do well with large numbers of nearby dogs while on leash)

We really enjoyed this hike. With the easy rating, we expected it to be flat but were pleasantly surprised by the inclines.

12 days ago

One of the better hikes we've done. The terrain changes many times from stream crossings to steep uphill and narrow rocky crossings. Good time. The actual distance from the parking area to Long Pond and back is closer to 10.5 miles. Be prepared to change into dry socks and stop for a hammock break or a swim. Did see a few deer, but not much other wildlife. The "waterfall" is beautiful, and pay attention at that part, there is an uphill switchback that immediately follows, we missed it and ended up a tough dead end!

Cute place to swim in waterfalls!

A beautiful, fairly easy hike, with awesome falls at the end. For the return trip, you can go up the hill through a less travelled trail. Not blazed, but stay on the trail, you can view the main trail below and not get lost.

13 days ago

I posted this loop under Ridge Trail mainly because it Features the (NEW) Ridge Extension trail that connects you near the Rockburn loop and the Main Ridge Trail. The NEW trail starts across the road at the middle of the Playground parking lot. The trail was just completed. The old way up was the Ridge (Waterbars) trail that is washed out, rocky and tons of roots. I don't mine coming down that old trail but it gets muddy. The loop I hiked today could be shorten if you don't hike Morning Choice or cut out the Rockburn Loop. Nice breezy day so I did a bit extra. The Park continues to get crowded early.

14 days ago

There is a longer trail this is apart of that you get to see three different and beautiful waterfalls! Very accessible to all! The park does cost an entrance fee per person. The trails and waterfalls were packed. Many people were swimming at the waterfalls. The rocks are very slippery be cute to wear shoes with traction. The trails are also not very well marked. Be prepared to feel lost. But once you get to the falls it will all be worth it.

All trails on the Howard County side of the park ( LEFT-SIDE) are OPEN. - I entered the park at 9AM in a backup of traffic. - The cool breeze crowded the park so early that the place was overcrowded by 1PM. - They stopped cars from coming in. - Maybe best to show up 3 hours before the park closes, which is 8:20PM. - There is now one parking lot open on the Glen Artney side. - Right before the Lost Lake Pond. - The pond area is CLOSED. - You can hike the park road up to the Soapstone Trail. - It's the only trail open on the Baltimore County side of the park. - Grist Mill trail is CLOSED. - It's in very bad shape. - All the footbridges are washed out. - Across the park road by the Playground is the NEW extension of the Ridge Trail. It is now OPEN.

Once again I have found another great location to share and hike the Howard County ( Elkridge side ) of the Patapsco Park. The Park gates don't open until 9AM but by then the humidity is becoming unbearable. If you wish, you can hike earlier by driving up to Landing Rd. and parking along the side. I got there at 7:30AM and it was a bit crowded. There is two locations to park. One is for Cascade and the other is for Morning Choice Trails. The only trail that was a bit overgrown was the Barley and Hops. All the rest I looped are wide and well maintain. All the trails in this area are basically flat and easy to hike. If you park at the first location you can also hike the Rockburn side. If you want Help or a few special maps I made . - Message me at baltoken@yahoo.com

Did The A & C trails (B was closed). Was around 10.5 miles start to finish. Trail A is the most popular because of the rock scrambling (which is fun!), but I also really enjoyed Trail C because of how close to the water the trail takes you. It’s also much quieter with fewer people.

Great trial and easy to add to others! Dogs ARE allowed here and there are a lot of them! People are stupid in letting them off leash because it’s gonna ruin it for the rest of us good dog people. This is also a fun trail run location.

I have done B & C several times with my dogs. Go early to avoid all the stupid people who think they know how to “hike”. I have had to render first aid on these trails because people hike in flip flops. Both of my dogs love these trails for rock and creek time. A trail is closed to dogs so I have not done that section. Trails are rocky and well traveled.

Perfect hike for the day. A very busy route so close to Washington, DC.

Came and did this trail on a week trip from Utah. Pretty easy for anyone in good health and marked very well.

Waterfall was nice but too many mountain bikers the day I went.

Agree with previous comments that this is not a hard trail. Maybe moderate. Went with my dogs and it was great!

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