Great Falls Loop Trail is a 4.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near McLean, Virginia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
National Park Service 703-285-2965
I gave it 3 stars but it's surely at least 4 stars with Spring or Fall foliage but certainly an enjoyable trail. I'm not a fan of broad gravel paths and found myself on some today. But otherwise the trail offered the type of diversity I do enjoy. It had some natural surface (other than gravel), a little elevation gain, some rock scrambling and the river and its soothing sounds.
Nice easy trail. There are some loose rock beds on the trail which can make it troublesome if you have bad balance.
Great spot just outside the Nations Capital.
Flat out, gorgeous!
Great fall morning on the River Trail, Ridge Trail and Matildaville Trail. Great leaf coverage on the ground, but it also made for some tricky footwork in places. Definitely recommend going early on weekends. There were a couple of large groups of 12 - 15 people but it was fine once you got around them.
Hiked on Veterans Day, so the fee was waived. Trail is called "River Trail" and connects to "Difficult Run" trail and loops around back to the visitor center. Busy around the main entrance by the visitor center, but the crowd started to fade about half a mile in. Instead of connecting to Difficult Run trail, I decided to hike back along the river on River Trail. Multiple lookouts and places to sit and reflect along the way. Peaceful and lined with fall foliage on both sides of the river.
Great Hike and great views!
Really crowded, but worth the trip! Took my 6 yr old daughter and she loved it. need to do the entire loop next time.