1. Great Falls
Great Falls in Virginia does its name justice, this gorgeous cascading waterfall is within 20 miles of the district. After your hike, you can kayak or canoe the area.
2. Kilgore Falls
Kilgore is Maryland’s second highest free-falling waterfall. This is a short hike and you can swim at the bottom of the falls.
3. Whiteoak Canyon
Located inside Shenandoah National Park, Whiteoak Canyon offers stunning views of the lower and upper falls. Parts of the hike are steep and not great for beginning hikers but those who are up to the task will be rewarded.
4. Dark Hollow Falls
Also in Shenandoah National Park, Dark Hollow Falls is a quicker and easier hike than White Oak Canyon. One of the more iconic and popular hikes in the area.
5. South River Falls
South River Falls is one of the most picturesque falls in Shenandoah. South River Falls has lots of smaller falls and cascades that add up to a gorgeous view.
6. Cunningham Falls
Cunningham Falls is a 78-foot cascading waterfall in Catoctin Mountains just an hour outside of DC. For longer trips, there is a campground, playgrounds, picnic areas and a lake for swimming not far from the falls.
7. Cascade Falls
Cascade Falls in Patapasco Valley State Park in Maryland is an easy hike that leads to several smaller waterfalls almost as soon as you get onto the trail. On hot days, you can splash and wade in the pools on the trail for a refreshing stop.