"See waterfalls, rivers, streams, upland forest, historic structures, and entire herds of deer in one of the more diverse hikes in Patapsco Valley State Park. This hike begins in the Orange Grove Area and takes in the Avalon Area before returning to the Orange Grove Area.
The 300-foot suspension Swinging Bridge provides one of the few places for easy access across Patapsco River. You can cross it to go to the paved Grist Mill Trail and the Hilton Area of the state park, but if you want to hike in the Orange Grove Area, turn around and head up the hill on the stone steps to the blue-blazed Cascade Falls Trail. It winds uphill, taking in a little switchback, before quickly coming to Cascade Falls, at 0.3 miles. Ferns, mossy rocks, and oak surround a narrow ridge where the falls spill over; the trail becomes a series of rocks that lead across the falls and give you an unobstructed, obviously fantastic view. It’s a superb way to start your hike."