Matildaville Trail

EASY 1 reviews
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Matildaville Trail is a 1.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near McLean, VA that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

1.4 miles 72 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly



nature trips






wild flowers


3 years ago

Not a difficult trail but lots of interest along the way. My young kids always enjoyed this hike, especially the rock scrambling side trails to the river's edge. The trail follows the course of the Potomack Canal -- a skirting canal built around the Potomac Rivers Great Falls. George Washington had interest in the Potomack Canal Company, and I believe was involved in its surveying. Mathildaville was a small community that built up around this canal and its series of locks. Many of its building foundations are still visible. Make your way all the way to the end of the canal for a spectacular view of a series of locks leading to where the canal rejoins the main Potomac below the Falls.