The Cascades & Kilgore Falls

The Cascades & Kilgore Falls

I love long exposures. Something about the way the ghosted cotton appears before your eyes on the screen. Many don’t realize that there are a few beautiful spots to see waterfalls under an hour’s drive from the Baltimore metro area.

The Cascades at Patapsco State Park (Orange Grove Area)

They’re certainly not the biggest, but they are the prettiest in my opinion. A short hike up the Cascades trail rewards you with plenty of photo opportunities. After you’ve got your shots you can either hike the rest of the trail (which is too steep to run) or take a bike ride through the paved path just after the swinging bridge.

The Cascades in summer

The Cascades in summer

Cascades in Autumn

Cascades in autumn

The Cascades in winter... Now featuring a log.

The Cascades in winter… Now featuring a log.

How do I get there?

Kilgore Falls, Rocks State Park

Looking for that wow factor? Take a short stroll down the Falling Branch trail to the second largest vertical drop falls in Maryland (19 feet high). Fun fact: these falls were featured in the movie “Tuck Everlasting”. Not so fun fact: You will probably, despite your best efforts, get your feet soaked crossing the stream. It’s ok-it’s worth it.

Kilgore falls in autumn

Kilgore falls in autumn

Kilgore falls close up - Just a slight bit of saturation brought these hdden colors out of the water.

Kilgore falls close up – Just a slight bit of saturation brought these hdden colors out of the water.

KIlgore falls in late winter

KIlgore falls in late winter

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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