Location: Morning Choice Trail & Cascade Trail in the Avalon Loop at Patapsco Valley State Park
Hello, friends! So, after spending a week in California visiting my family (during which time I hardly opened my laptop at all) and then due to an unfortunate incident that happened in the Detroit airport (story coming soon) my laptop screen was broken beyond all repair and that’s why I’ve been silent over the past two weeks. I finally have a new computer and everything is all squared away again and I’m so excited to share about more of our summer travels.
In June, I took a trip from our current home in Kentucky to visit my grandparents who live in Maryland. While I was there, we spent an afternoon hiking all around Patapsco Valley State Park. It was a gorgeous summer day so we set out in search of lush greenery and refreshing waterfalls.
When we set out, we ventured onto the Ridge Trail, but accidentally found ourselves on the Morning Choice Trail before too long (still not quite sure how that happened.) We spent most of our time hiking along the diverse Morning Choice trail before it intersected with the Cascade Trail that would lead us to the Falls.
I loved how the trail wasn’t just characterized by one type of scenery. Several times throughout the hike, we would break through the forest and would be greeted by wide open views like this one.
The Avalon Loop has river views, waterfalls, and ruins. What more could you want in a lush, green, East Coast hike?
Blue for the Cascade Trail! We were so excited and ready to see this.
Finally! The waterfall!
After a long, hot hike, it felt amazing to splash around in the cool water at Cascade Falls.
(Thank you, Chacos!)
Leaving the Cascade Falls, we returned to the parking lot via the Ridge Trail (a shorter route that we had originally intended to take up as well) In total, we ended up hiking over 6 miles which was more than we had anticipated, but it was a gorgeous hike nevertheless. There are so many other miles of trails in Patapsco and I would love to come back and hike all 13 miles of the Avalon Super Loop one day.
Have you been hiking in Pataspco? What trails did you explore?