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by Jamie Alvarenga

This Easy, Quarter-Mile Trail Leads To Cascade Falls, One Of Maryland’s Most Underrated Waterfalls

Did you know that Maryland is home to a handful of waterfalls? The following one may not be the largest but it is worth seeking out. Nature enthusiasts know it as one the best waterfall hikes in Maryland. You can even dip your feet in the water below if you please! Read on for the details and consider exploring this natural wonder in the warmer months, or really, any time of year. This is the place for you if you find yourself searching for “waterfalls near me.” Happy hiking!

Cascade Falls is hidden in Patapsco Valley State Park. This sprawling park in Central Maryland has much to see, and you'll want to see it all.Google Maps
Today, however, we're sticking with just a teeny area of the park. Head to the Avalon section, park your car, and find this sign.Jamie Alvarenga for Only In Your State
Although there are a few loops that lead to the falls, we're taking the short and sweet route that's only a quarter-mile in length. Be aware that although short, this trek is rocky. Strollers are a no-go!Flickr / Matthew Beziat
Soon you'll arrive at Cascade Falls, and you'll see for yourself why this path is one of the best hiking trails with waterfalls in Maryland.AllTrails / Jason Kenosky
You can sit on the outer edge and enjoy the scenery...Flickr / Bart
...or even wade in the water during warmer months. Because of the shallow water, this spot is perfect for kids to splash around. For kids, this is definitely the best waterfall hike in Maryland.AllTrails / Yingchuan Zhang
You can even visit the falls during wintertime and see it frozen over! No matter what time of year you view this natural wonder, you're sure to have a memorable time. Bring your camera!AllTrails / Micah Eckhaus

For more information about Patapsco Valley State Park, visit the website. What do you think? Is this one of the best hiking trails with waterfalls in Maryland?

In the mood for more exploring? Then be sure to also check out Paw Paw Tunnel. It’s an allegedly haunted tunnel that you can walk right through!

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Address: Cascade Falls, Elkridge, MD 21075, USA

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