I have been running different segments of this trail for the past couple of months now without incident. Today I ran 118 towards Riffleford Rd and encountered several snakes in one particular stretch. Yikes ! One was even coiled. I was unable to identify them as I ran out as fast as I could. Incentive to kick it up more hey ? I would recommend going off the trail following another trail up in the field. I am not sure if it connects back to the blue blazes though. I will try to download the tracker map if I can figure it out. I Will not be returning to this particular leg but love love love this trail in general.
The section on the C&O canal was beautiful and full of wildlife! However, the linkups were incredibly confusing, and the trails were not very well maintained. At the west end of the canal, you have to walk down Violette's Lock Road, down a side road towards residential houses, and pick up an unmarked trail that weaves in and out of park land (sketchy).
Easy hike. Not much of a view of the river if you just walk down the clear cut.
But a decent view of the Potomac from the rocks. If you take the trail to the right that is about halfway down the clear cut. Little bridge to cross to get to it.
Anastasia D. on Blockhouse Point Loop Trail
Blended the woodsy trails with the C&O on a balmy December day. It was absolutely beautiful and a great mix of easy walking and short climbs. We brought our 60lb shepherd mix and she had a blast. There are several trails in this part of the woods; I'd do this loop again and trade out some of the trails back to the car for a different view. We probably had a better view of the river since the leaves were off the trees but I'm sure it would still be pretty in spring/summer.