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I just started running here with my dogs. I've been probably 5 or 6 times now, and I really love it. Beautiful trails, very well marked, enough variety in length of trails. There are some spots that look like they are being repaired but are still travel-able, and there is some construction being done on the 'ski slope', but my dogs and I could get a 4.5 mile run in without backtracking so that was fantastic.
I googled and printed out trail maps and took it with me the first couple times. Everything was well marked and trails kept up, but having the maps on hand helped. There are intersections of the red and yellow trails that have a map stand, as well.
I hike and run here often with my dogs. The main loop is about 1.8 miles but there are offshoot trails that go further up and back. Off of the main loop, it is not well marked whatsoever and trail maps online are not very accurate. The trails also overlap with the equestrian trails. Don't get me wrong, I love Hashawha, but it's not ideal for trail runs over 3 miles or moderate-long hikes.
Decent parking, most everyone is friendly, dogs welcome, lots of wildlife.
Feb. 23, 2017 – WOW – 75 degrees outside and the trails were crowded. There is a stream crossing on this trail but it is manageable. Easy if you have a walking stick or Trekking poles. The terrain is a bit up and down but you will not get winded. This trail is the top choice for bikers in the valley but hiker and nature lovers can both enjoy it. Simply share the trail. Down trees are designed for bikers but hikers can simply walk around them.
I had my fur baby with me. We both did well. The trail is pretty rocky and especially at the beginning where it's also mostly uphill and intense. We split off on the black trail a bit to see the statue and the stone over look which Diesel appreciated since he enjoyed cooling his belly on the cold rock in the areas where the stone was shaded. The last part was mostly down hill. The only real complaint I have is, because of the trail being so rocky I spent the majority of the hike looking down at my feet and the trail to make sure I had good footing so I wouldn't trip. When I hike, I enjoy looking around at the view as I walk and take in being in my element. But maybe someone who has more experience on rocky trails wouldn't have that issue as much. Overall an enjoyable hike. It would be a good hike for kids with a little experience. It would be intense for them tho but doable.
Beautiful trail that closely hugs the Potomac river for approximately 4 miles leading up to Great Falls Overlook. The trail is very rocky, with frequent scrambling needed to progress. Section A features a 40' cliff wall that a narrow ascent with no alternate paths. On the bright side, if you or someone in your party can't or won't traverse any section of Billy Goat Trail, there are frequent crossover paths to the Canal trail that parallels Billy Goat, which is also beautiful and a very easy walk. Recommend getting to the Billy Goat Trail early though, because it gets busy and stays that way for most of the day (at least on a weekend). In areas where there is one or only a few ways to proceed, the number of people on the trail can lead to queues that take a while to clear up.