Top Places For

Seeing a Waterfall


Imagine the sight of cool, clear water cascading down rocks and rivers in a beautiful waterfall. Calming, isn’t it? Well, you can find lots of waterfalls right here in the Chesapeake region -- some only minutes from home!

From the gentle waters of Gunpowder Falls State Park to the jaw-dropping gorge at Great Falls, waterfalls large and small are scattered throughout the Chesapeake region. You just need to know where to look for them.

Some of the Chesapeake’s larger parks are a prime destination for viewing waterfalls. Hike to a dozen different waterfalls at Shenandoah National Park. Or splash and play in a pool of water under the falls at Rocks State Park. At Cunningham Falls, the largest cascading waterfall in Maryland spills down from rocks eight stories high. Spend a day or make a weekend out of waterfall watching at any of these spectacular mountain retreats.

But you don’t have to drive for hours to find a waterfall. Just outside of Washington, D.C. in Fairfax County, Scott’s Run Nature Preserve is home to a waterfall that originates in the most unlikely of places: the parking lots of Tysons Corner. And south of Baltimore lies Patapsco Valley State Park, with a small cascading waterfall that makes a perfect destination for a morning hike.

So head out this weekend to one of the top places for seeing a waterfall. Just don’t forget your camera!