Hiking the Avalon Loop | Patapsco State Park

Patapsco Hike

Patapsco Hike

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.

Patapsco Hike

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.

Patapsco Hike

Patapsco Hike

Patapsco Hike

Patapsco Hike

Outfit Details: Zion National Park Tee – Huckberry | Halle Pant – prAna | Backpack – Fjallraven Kanken | ZX/2 Sandal – Chaco

Patapsco Hike

Patapsco Hike

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.

Patapsco Hike

Patapsco Hike

The Avalon Loop has river views, waterfalls, and ruins. What more could you want in a lush, green, East Coast hike?

Patapsco Hike

Patapsco Hike

Patapsco Hike

Patapsco Hike

Patapsco Hike

Patapsco Hike

Patapsco Hike

Blue for the Cascade Trail! We were so excited and ready to see this.

Patapsco Hike

Finally! The waterfall!

Patapsco Hike

Patapsco Hike

After a long, hot hike, it felt amazing to splash around in the cool water at Cascade Falls.
(Thank you, Chacos!)

Patapsco Hike

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?

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  • Lindsay Katherine

    What a beautiful trail for hiking!! I love that waterfall.

  • Emily Kib

    Wow looks like such a beautiful trail! I’m on my way to Iceland now and looking forward to similar hikes!

  • Everything is so lush and green!

    The sheer mention of a cracked computer screen makes me nervous. I’m so sorry that happened to you!

  • This looks like a fun place to hike – I’m going to have to see how far it is from me!

  • Such pretty scenery

  • Oh no! I’m so sorry your laptop broke!!!!!!! BUT… This looks like an amazingly beautiful place to hike! <3

  • KatieCarlson721

    Love hiking! It’s a mindful activity too 🙂

  • Katherine Turro

    Your pictures are so pretty! This looks like a great hike – so beautiful!

  • Your photos are gorgeous. Hiking is such a fun way to get a nontraditional workout in!

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    Allison

  • These are beautiful photos! Hiking is my favorite way to exercise!

  • Hiking is one thing we make sure to get in when we go on road trips. This looks like a great place to hike. I love the different scenery!

  • This looks so pretty! I’m a sucker for a good waterfall.