The Charm of Cascade Lake

by Taylor Colbert. 0 Comments

With the warmer weather finally approaching, I’ve been finding it hard to concentrate on anything besides summer time. On a college-student budget, though, there are some limitations to what summer entails. As I began making summer plans, I thought of a place I went to a lot as a kid: Cascade Lake.

Every summer as kids, my parents would round us up and take us to Cascade Lake, where we could swim for hours and never get bored. We’d watch the “big kids” jump off of the high platforms, or fly down the impressive waterslides.

At the end of each trip to Cascade Lake, it felt like we had been on a mini-vacation. It made for a nice change of scenery; the thickly wooded hills, trails, and lake provide views and activities that are not always available around the Frederick area. Located in Carroll County, it’s an easy trip for a full day of summer fun.

If you want to be outside and enjoy nature, but don’t feel like going to a noisy beach, you can hop on one of the nearby trails. Want to be on the water, but don’t want to get wet? Rent a paddleboat. For an all-day affair, you can bring a packed lunch and have a picnic by the water.

The one thing I always loved about the lake was that there was something for everyone; mom could lay out and enjoy the sun, dad could jump off the platforms, and we could enjoy the great outdoors safely.

Kids 8 and up who want to swim past the shallow end must take a swim test to ensure their safety, and parents can breathe easy knowing that multiple lifeguards are on duty at all times.

Another great thing about the lake is its prices. The family-friendly rates at Cascade Lake allow for a trip that was easy on the wallets without sacrificing the fun.

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