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0.3 mile 0.5 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 10' 3 m
Descent: -44' -13 m
High: 450' 137 m
Low: 409' 125 m


Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)


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Trail shared by Ethan Gilbert

A serene hiking trail leading back to Maryland's second highest free-falling waterfall.

Ethan Gilbert

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly Shallow waters create a safe and refreshing spot for the kids in the summer.

Open 9 am to sunset, March-October. Open 10 am to sunset, November-February.


From the parking lot, look for the trailhead sign in the back right corner. After an initial short stretch (watch out for roots and rocks) through the hardwood forest, the trail comes to a small wooden bridge crossing. Not long after the trail comes to a fork; staying left will take you down to the bottom of the waterfall and the right trail is a short uphill climb to the outlook on top. There is a small water crossing at the bottom of the falls lined with rocks so it is possible to keep your feet dry. Water shoes and a bathing suit are a good idea for the hot summer months. The water is only 3-4 ft deep at most so it's a pleasant place for a dip.

Flora & Fauna

Deciduous hardwoods and hemlocks surround. Watch out for brambles and poison ivy along the trail.


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May 19, 2019
Mike Dunlap
Dec 26, 2018
Katie R
Great, short hike with lots of interesting features. Good for kids. 1mi — 1h 00m
Nov 3, 2018
Martini Doziér
Mar 23, 2018
Kevin Sieben
Oct 7, 2017
Athena H
Easy family trail, nice little waterfall. Dogs allowed on leashes.
Apr 23, 2017
Jeff Keister
Not much of a trail length wise but a beautiful waterfall, rocks, open meadow, woods and a great swim hole for the summer. Well worth trying to find I
Feb 19, 2017
Cindy Rowell
Feb 19, 2017
George DeBenedictis

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Katie R  
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! Dec 27, 2018

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