Great Falls Loop Trail

MODERATE 89 reviews
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Great Falls Loop Trail is a 4.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near McLean, VA 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.

4.7 miles 476 feet Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

whitewater kayaking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

National Park Service 703-285-2965

Flat out, gorgeous!

17 days ago

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.

24 days ago

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.

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great Hike and great views!

1 month ago

Really crowded, but worth the trip! Took my 6 yr old daughter and she loved it. need to do the entire loop next time.

hiking
2 months ago

Start off in parking lot. Quickly looks over the main viewing areas. Then head down the path closest to the river. Lots of fun rock and cliff climbing. A mobile dog can handle most of the path.

hiking
2 months ago

Fun day hike! The falls were larger than I thought. Very impressive to see how high the water has been in the past.

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2 months ago

2 months ago

Beautiful overlooks readily accessible

hiking
2 months ago

Had a great time!!!

hiking
2 months ago

We've come to like this route. Pretty easy; the Swamp Trail detour is a must. Also, the park labels this the Ridge Trail so follow those signs.

Quite crowded as it is Great Falls. Go early (before 9) to fully enjoy and get parking in the small lots. On weekends it can take up to 30 minutes to enter the park in the afternoon due to crowding.

2 months ago

Very close, shade, water, long trails and also you can swim

3 months ago

Loved the view!

hiking
3 months ago

When nature calls, you answer!
Decided to get out of the house and check out this hike with my dog and had a great experience. Beautiful hike on a hot summer day but the trails were well shaded. Make sure to bring some water!

Don't forget to unplug and connect with all of the beauty that Mother Nature has to offer here.

5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Excellent. A bit more challenging than I thought it would be but beautiful!

hiking
6 months ago

6 months ago

The views are amazing!

6 months ago