This very popular Maryland state park is close-by, has trails to satisfy everyone, and a beach in the summer. The beach was closed today, but the falls were hopping. We headed up (even the hubby took a day off-he'd never been there in all his 25+ years of living in Maryland) along with my sister and her boys.
As always, a highlight of having family here is that I get to watch my kids with their cousins. They are just so sweet with them, and it warms my heart. We so miss having small family members nearby upon which to lavish affection and attention, so this is such a treat.
There was plenty of room and beautiful weather for exploring, relaxing and enjoying a bit of nature. There is a great boardwalk trail to the falls that is accessible for my wheelchair-assisted sister, and everyone else got either a pleasant walk or a fun, short hike. The downside for me is that Cunningham Falls is almost always somewhat crowded for all of the above reasons, but it is well-maintained, pleasant and still quite pretty in spite of the unmistakable presence of human engineering.