Amazing Waterfalls and Hiking Trails near Brunswick Crossing


Outdoor enthusiasts love Maryland. With the Allegheny Mountains running through the state, Maryland is home to some scenic trails, breathtaking waterfalls, and rich history. For hikers of all ages and skill levels, there are trails of various lengths and difficulties.

Brunswick Crossing wants its residents to get out of the house, get fresh air, and experience the natural beauty around them. Within the community, 26 miles of trails and walkways wind through the countryside. But for those seeking more adventure, we’ve compiled five trails with stunning waterfalls near the community.

Before A Hike

Before you go for a hike—no matter how short, long, easy, or difficult—take these precautions to keep yourself safe:

  • Research the trail: Choose a trail that matches your fitness ability. Easy trails are mostly level and less than three miles long. Moderate means there will be some terrain and possibly steep inclines around three to five miles in length. Difficult trails include consistent inclines with high elevation gain.
  • Pay attention to the weather: Even if the weather looks clear, pay attention to any possibilities for changes and pack accordingly.
  • Pack/dress appropriately: Bring water, snacks, first aid supplies, sun protection, and a fully charged phone. Wear proper footwear and clothes designed for activity.
  • Tell someone: Inform a family member or friend of your plans, including where you’re going and for how long, as a safety precaution in case of emergencies.
  • Check the trail status: Trails may close for a variety of reasons, such as weather, time of year, erosion, flooding, etc. Always check on whether the trail is open.

The Best Hiking Trails in Maryland with Waterfalls 

Hiking in Maryland and Virginia features some of the most scenic overlooks and stunning waterfalls. Here are some trails with waterfalls near (and one further) from the community:

Cunningham Falls State Park

Cunningham Falls State Park is nestled among the ridges of the Catoctin Mountain, offering picturesque views along short and long trails. The park offers a variety of trails ranging from a half mile to 27 miles with easy to difficult terrain. Among its beautiful destinations is Maryland’s highest cascading waterfall.

The Lower Trail is the easiest and shortest path to take to the falls. With easy to moderate terrain and benches along the way, it is the best trail for beginners and families.

  • Location: Thurmont, MD
  • Approx. Travel Time: 40 minutes from Brunswick Crossing
  • Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
  • Length: 1.2 miles

Among other destinations in Cunningham Falls State Park is Hunting Creek Lake, which allows swimming between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend.

Kilgore Falls

Kilgore Falls, also known as Rocks Falling Branch, is located in Rocks State Park. It’s worth the trip to see Maryland's second-highest vertical drop waterfall. It is approximately 17 to 19 feet in height. The pool at the base of the falls provides a cool spot for swimming in the summer.

  • Location: Pylesville, MD
  • Approx. Travel Time: 1 hour 30 mins from Brunswick Crossing
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Length: 0.7 mile

Great Falls

Great Falls is an absolute must-experience, with spectacular trails on the Virginia and Maryland side. In this area, the Potomac River narrows from 1000 feet to 60-100 feet wide. Meanwhile, the elevation drops 76 feet in less than a mile, forming the dramatic scene at the Great Falls. This series of rapids is where the water builds up force and speeds over jagged rocks.

On the Maryland side, Billy Goat Trail follows the river and provides several stunning overlooks. It is divided into three sections—Section A, B and C—which can sometimes close due to flooding or erosion. Section C is the easiest of the three trails:

  • Location: Potomac, MD
  • Approx. Travel Time: 1 hour from Brunswick Crossing
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 1.6 miles

Catoctin Mountain Park

After years of farming and harvest, post-Great Depression programs offered Catoctin Mountain Park a second chance through re-growth. Tucked in the Blue Ridge Mountains, this park features scenic views and several waterfalls, including Cunningham Falls listed above. The Chimney Rock, Hog Rock, Cunningham Falls loop is an excellent option for those looking for a more challenging trail with several beautiful sights.

  • Location: Thurmont, MD
  • Approx. Travel Time: 40 minutes from Brunswick Crossing
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 6.3 miles

Cascade Falls

Cascade Falls is a 66-foot waterfall in Jefferson State Park. Although these falls are further from Brunswick Crossing, it makes an excellent day trip with picnic and fishing areas. So, if you’re visiting Virginia Tech or heading down into the Carolinas, take a short break from your I-81 trek to visit Cascade Falls! 

  • Location: Pembroke, VA
  • Approx. Travel Time: 4 hours from Brunswick Crossing
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 4 miles

Adventure awaits at Brunswick Crossing! Please remember, before going on any hikes, to check the weather, length, difficulty, and status of the trails. As with any outdoor activity, always prioritize safety and caution.

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