Ganoga Falls

Ganoga Falls 

April showers bring… If flowing waterfalls popped into your head, you are correct! Perhaps matching each waterfall to its description will whet your appetite for a visit. Answers are below

Cascade Falls

Crabtree Falls

Dry Run Falls

Falling Spring Falls

Ganoga Falls

Jordan Run Falls

Kilgore Falls

Little Falls

Mill Creek Falls

Raven Rock Falls

Whiteoak Falls

1. This Virginia waterfall plunges 69 feet before flowing through another 100 feet of cascades. The disabled-access path to it is only a few hundred feet long. The travertine formation at the base of the falls is the result of the mineral-laden warm spring thermal water mixing with cold shallow groundwater upstream.

2. This 17-foot waterfall in Harford County has the second-highest vertical drop of any in Maryland. Visitors are welcome to swim in the holes at the base of the falls at their own risk. Because the falls are situated in the popular Rocks State Park, they  can get crowded on nice days. 

3. This 94-foot cascade is the tallest of more than 30 waterfalls in Pennsylvania’s Ricketts Glen State Park. Because the creek changes direction near the crest of the falls, its appearance changes, depending on where you stand in relation to the falls.

4. This 20-foot waterfall, located in Pennsylvania’s Loyalsock State Forest, consists of two streams of water separated by a jutting rock that causes them to descend at sharp angles to each other. For different perspectives, follow a steep trail to the base of the falls or explore the little cascades just upstream.

5. This 8– to 10-foot waterfall is just outside of Baltimore in the Orange Grove section of Maryland’s Patapsco Valley State Park. A family-friendly path leads to the first waterfall sighting within 1,000 feet of the trailhead.

6. Located near Holtwood Dam in York County, PA, this 25– to 30-foot waterfall makes two twisty turns during three different drops down mossy ledges. The hike to the top of the falls is only minutes from the trailhead.

7. These “falls” are actually a section of rapids formed where the older, harder rocks of the Piedmont Plateau meet the softer sediment of the coastal plain at the Atlantic Seaboard Fall Line. This fall line is the first navigational obstacle for boats going up the Potomac River. To see these rapids, drive across the Chain Bridge, about a half mile downstream.

8. This 25– to 30-foot waterfall found in Grant County, WV, is on a class 5 creek and is one of the biggest runnable falls for rafters and kayakers in the state. There is no established trail leading to the waterfall.

9. This waterfall, made up of five major cascades and many smaller ones, descends more than 1,000 feet, making it  the highest vertical-drop cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi. It is located six miles off the Blue Ridge Parkway. The trail to the falls passes through a mixed oak-hickory forest, a stand of rosebay rhododendron and a series of wet-weather springs.

10. This cascade of 15–20 feet is in Gunpowder Falls State Park, on the Gunpowder South Trail in Baltimore County. The cascade is called a “sliding board slope” because the water descends at a very slight angle. It can be climbed by visitors at their own risk.

11. This series of six cascading falls is in Shenandoah National Park. The hike to the upper falls — with the largest drop, at 86 feet — is a 4.6-mile roundtrip. Each fall has a pool at its base where hikers can swim at their own risk. During cold winter spells, the falls freeze and the ice on the cliffs can be thick enough for climbing – also at your own risk!


1. Falling Spring Falls; 2. Kilgore Falls; 3. Ganoga Falls; 4. Dry Run Falls; 5. Cascade Falls; 6. Mill Creek Falls; 7. Little Falls; 8. Jordan Run Falls; 9. Crabtree Falls; 10. Raven Rock Falls; 11. White Oak Falls

Kathleen Gaskell is the Bay Journal's copy and layout editor and author of the Chesapeake Challenge. Contact Kathleen at

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