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Blockhouse Point Loop Trail

MITTELSCHWER 82 Bewertungen
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Blockhouse Point Loop Trail ist ein 6.8 Meilen langer, moderat besuchter Rundweg in der Nähe von Potomac, Maryland. Er führt entlang eines Flusses, vorbei an herrlichen Aussichtspunkten und es gibt schöne Wildblumen und oftmals Wildtiere zu sehen. Aufgrund der Steigung und Distanz ist die Strecke als moderat einzustufen. Es gibt verschiedene Aktivitätsmöglichkeiten. Die Route ist das ganze Jahr über zugänglich. Hunde und Pferde sind auf dem Weg erlaubt.

Entfernung: 6.8 miles Höhenunterschied: 436 feet Routentyp: Rundweg

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schlammig

This is a loop trail that includes the woods and high prominences of Blockhouse Point Park with a horse trail through National Park Service land and a return along the C&O Canal towpath. Views of the Potomac from the high points are excellent. There are also 3.5 miles of side trails or alternate routes within MNCPPC land that are marked by signposts and blue blazes. Equestrians should note that some of the trails prohibit horses. Please observe these restrictions. Bicycles are not allowed on any Blockhouse Point trails but may use the towpath.

wandern
schlammig
5 days ago

wandern
brücke geschlossen
1 month ago

The loop is several trails merged together. The bridge is out off of muddy branch so I don’t recommend going that way unless you’re prepared to cross a creek. Go towards the golf course

wandern
schlammig
5 months ago

wandern
5 months ago

Good trail. Can be confusing at times, but just follow this route and it’s all good. Also, since parts of the trail are horse trails expect to see lots of poop along the way.

wandern
6 months ago

Honestly, this recording is less of a trail and more of a way to connect a bunch of paths/trails into a loop. I do love a loop, but this was hard to follow at times. Nice walk along the canal with some river views. No views from any elevation. Very muddy. Closer to 7 miles.

wandern
käfer
schlammig
überwachsen
6 months ago

We started out from the parking lot and headed east towards the river. This trail is marked white. It was muddy, so wear some shoes you don't mind getting dirty. Once we got to the canal, make sure you turn right at the lockhouse - we went east first before back tracking west. The canal path is very nice. There were lots of bikers and not many people walking. We walked down to the river at a newly cleared pipeline area and sat for a few minutes to enjoy the view of the Potomac. When you get to the western end of the canal, follow the road to the left. Take your first right towards a residential house, and follow the trail straight ahead. This portion of the trail was very overgrown, buggy, and muddy. We had to go off trail through some brush to avoid the mud. I also need to mention this trail had an excessive amount of spider webs crossing the path. We began waving a stick in front of us in order to avoid taking a mouthful of spiders. Once you finally get to the trail proper, things start to get confusing. The trail is not well marked so be sure to follow the map here - it was very helpful to have our location shown in regards to the trail within the app. When you get to a tiny stream crossing, head up the hill to the left. There should be some faint red trail markings you can follow until you hit the white markers again. At this point, we just had the app open the rest of the hike. The trail names change and make no sense to follow. You must change trails several times in order to reach the start of this loop. At some point you hit a marker that says "trailhead and parking", go that way but there aren't any more similar signs to direct you the rest of the way. Eventually you hit the clearing for that pipeline again, which leads right back up to the parking lot. (Note that you cannot follow the pipeline clearing all the way to the canal trail - the canal itself blocks your access.) For the most part, I enjoyed this hike. If I were to do it again, I'd probably stop at the end of the canal and turn back instead of hiking the 3rd leg of this loop - attempt only if you have phone battery and some good cell service.

wandern
8 months ago

Highly disappointed. Two cars were broken into when we arrived.

Laufen
schlammig
9 months ago

wandern
10 months ago

Good trail. Not always signed as Blackhouse Point” so take a map. Rest rooms at both end of the canal section.

Laufen
schlammig
schnee
Sat Jan 19 2019

With a bit of cabin fever and ground mostly covered with snow (and this trail gets very muddy, very soggy, slushy, and adventurous! I don't recommend this trail after a day of rain...unless, you are like me and don't mind soaked running shoes), I went and attempted this trail. I parked in gravel lot indicated by what is shown here. So, those who said trails were confusing, and mostly 'well' marked, they are right! The course plotted on this map is not all Blockhouse Trail, keep that in mind. (see this map: https://www.montgomeryparks.org/uploads/2016/08/BlockhousePoint-1.pdf) 1. From the parking lot, per the AllTrails map, followed River Road West along the 'Old South River Road Trail'. Technically, the parking lot is sitting on 'Canyon Trail' which heads south straight towards the river. 2. Eventually, you will see there is another parking lot near the intersection of River Rd. & Pettit Way. Turn left onto Blockhouse Trail (oh! I found the actual Blockhouse Trail, lol.) 3. I passed by Fawn Trail, Turkey Fan Trail, Springhouse Trail only because it didn't seem like they were going the way I wanted, I kept on going straight. I stayed right at the intersection of Blockhouse and Springhouse and went over a short bridge. Eventually, I got to the intersection where I found the Calithea Trail. I took a right onto that. 4. On Calithea Trail, heading West (or left on map), you will see the trail will fork, no signs to tell you which is the trail. If you go by tree markings, you would go right. Well, me, being the rebel went left. It felt like right was going to loop me back. In short time it took me down into a ravine onto the flood plain level. Note, I never did follow where that marked trail went to. 5. (really 4b,) Crossed over a creek which, fortunately, was not swollen. And, this connected to an unused dirt road. Even then, just passed the creek, I had to choose a direction, still unmarked, on which way to run on the road. I went left. This eventually took me passed the park boundaries. The red path shown on the map is following this very path. However, just passed the park boundaries, I felt like I was running down somebody's driveway, so, I turned around. Whoever charted this loop on the map made it farther than me. 6. Heading back east, re-crossed the creek, up the hill, I see the PawPaw Trail on my right. Though this is a dead end, or out and back, take it! Beautiful overlook of the Potomac River at the turnaround. It helps that it is Winter and all the leaves are out of the way. 7. I head back PawPaw, reconnect on Calithea making a right, then I quickly see the Blockhouse Trail instersection again, I stayed right and followed the Blockhouse Trail until it dead ends. Along the way, I went right at the intersection of Springhouse Trail & Blockhouse. At this time, I didn't realize I had seen Springhouse Trail prior, short term memory thing, no worries, I'm good. Another beautiful overlook of Potomac. 8. Heading back on Blockhouse Trail, I went right onto Springhouse Trail. Crossed another creek. Eventually, I made a right onto Blockhouse Trail (again) very near the bridge I crossed a bit earlier. 9. Since it was getting late, I didn't venture any trails and went back to my car. This was a total of 6.2 miles that took me 2 hours, 10 minutes to complete. If it wasn't so sloppy, I would have covered the distance much quicker. I most definitely will do this again in the spring.

Sat Jan 05 2019

Beautiful trail, nice mix of sceneries. The trail is actually 7 miles.

wandern
Sun May 06 2018

See reviews below to locate a trail map. You need a trail map, it is very confusing to attempt to stay on the trail. There are some pretty spaces along the route and a lot of horse manure to avoid. This loop seems to include some other trails. Blockhouse trail has a dead end at some point where there is a cliff, it is an old military site.

Sat Aug 05 2017

Great for distance, and a hard run. Definitely a moderate hike. Mainly flat on C&O canal. Took us about 3 hrs and was quite enjoyable with our dog.

Laufen
Sat Jul 22 2017

One awesome 10K+ trail (~7 miles); this is a true trail runners trail. It has at least two pit stops (porta-johns) along the way that are well maintained and much welcomed. My TT is different from my moving time, as I made a few wrong turns here and there. This course has it all to a total "T", including path, single track, double track, gravel, mud, road, climbs, stream crossings, grasslands, obstacles, you name it! The entire course is not exactly flat-n-fast, but you can definitely get some speedwork in. The terrain is fun and ultra-dynamic, and the finish is spectacular! Oh my...what a challenge at the end! My goal was to finish the run at 5.8-6.0 mph, but finished @ 4 mph -- hey, when it is 87F at 10am, with an expected heat index of 105F, what else can you do but slow down? I was saturated with sweat and pretty much beatdown at the halfway point going through the changeful terrain, and "knowed there was a God" when I saw one of those porta-johns. Check out my recorded track and the pics to avoid wrong turns. Great course for trail runners!

Sat Apr 08 2017

Great 180 degree view of the Potomac from 150 feet up where point juts out into the river

Sat Nov 26 2016

Longer than 6.5 miles. Very nice long loop!

wandern
Fri Sep 23 2016

Trail was a bit confusing. Saw multiple bikers even though it says no bicycles. Best part would be not too much foot traffic and enjoyed the water ways.

wandern
Sat Jun 11 2016

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).

wandern
Sun Mar 27 2016

Amazing

Fri Dec 25 2015

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.

Mountainbiking
Sat Nov 14 2015

Fun

Tue May 05 2015

It's an overall enjoyable series of trails. Well marked--just not anything special of note. It's a decent workout for a trail-run. Just don't expect to be wowed by anything.

wandern
Sun Mar 16 2014

The scenery on this hike was pretty. It's dog-friendly and has a creek that crosses the path. That being said, the trails were really confusing to follow. It intersects a busy road twice and was not well marked.

wandern
Sun Sep 29 2013

Pretty!! Easy. Confusing trails. All Trails app has no data but a Track shows up. - Follow it, it's the best route. Trail maps here: http://www.montgomeryparks.org/PPSD/ParkTrails/trails_MAPS/trailmap_pdfs/blockhouse_trails.pdf I mostly followed the Track above. I recommend following it - it's the best route if you want to avoid annoying River rd noise. Blockhouse Point Park trails are well marked and have blue blazes. Western sections of the Track fall outside the park trail system. Start: Pennyfield lock parking lot. Walk back north on Pennyfield Lock rd - look out for mowed path on left a short way up. Pennyfield to River Rd Parking: Busy trail, well marked. River rd to Callithea Trail: follow Track south on the pipeline gap to Upland Woods Trail and connect to Blockhouse Trail on any of the connectors (Fawn, Turkey Fan, Spring House). DO take Blockhouse Trail to end, viewpoint for lovely views (not on the track). Double back to pick up Callithea trail. DO take Paw Paw trail to end, viewpoint for gorgeous views. Double back to Callithea trail. CAUTION: Cliffs on both of the viewpoints above. Exercise care with dogs and children. TRAIL UNMARKED at the end of Callithea - follow well defined path on track to an obvious split in the path at a pretty glade (with old corrugated pipe). I made a left here. Path follows edge of C&O park territory to Violette's Lock rd. Turn south on Violettes and east on towpath. This is a super pretty stretch. You can get down to the river with a little bit of scrambling to enjoy the rocks if the river is low ( be careful!).

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19 days ago

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1 month ago

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