Susquehanna & Great Falls

Susquehanna & Great Falls

Rock Run Waterfall, Susquehanna State Park

Susquehanna State park is one of my top 3 favorites for an exhilarating, refreshing run with beautiful scenery. The park contains 15 miles of marked and maintained trails. A scenic section along the riverfront follows an almost 200 year old railroad bed, and as bald eagles call from the trees you might think you were farther than 45 minutes away from Baltimore.

Behind the Rock Run Grist Mill and down a short hiking path is a 10 foot waterfall that provides an excellent excuse to take a load off, relax and take a few shots.

Susquehanna winter colors

Susquehanna winter colors

Susquehanna State Park in fall

Susquehanna State Park in fall

Where is this amazing place?

Great Falls Park, Maryland Side

There is a great debate on whether the Maryland or Virginia side of great falls provides better views of the raging rapids. I may be biased but I’m team Maryland all the way. Less crowds, and multiple viewing paths provide great photo ops-making this day trip well worth the 50 minute ride from downtown Baltimore.

Great Falls in winter, Maryland side

Great Falls in winter, Maryland side

Great Falls in winter, Maryland side

Great Falls in winter, Maryland side

How do I get there?

mobile-waterfall

No fancy camera? No tripod? No worries.

Thanks to apps like LongExpo it’s actually possible to capture this magic on your iPhone. All the photos in this post (and my waterfall addiction) are thanks to this amazing little app. If you can find creative ways to keep your phone absolutely still for a few seconds-you can get the shot.

“Owls hoot in B flat, cuckoos in D, but the water ousel sings in the voice of the stream. She builds her nest back of the waterfalls so the water is a lullaby to the little ones. Must be where they learn it.”
― Karen Joy Fowler

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