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A little bit of scrambling. Be kind to your knees. Don’t bring the little dogs. Good place for some bouldering. Nice view.

Beautiful fall morning for a hike. Snow-covered trail on the way out. Muddy soup on the way back. Normally it’s very crowded, but the weather and snow keep the crowds down.

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1 day ago

Did this hike last year. It’s a decent hike for the area. Good views and some rock scrambling. Does get crowded and I prefer more quiet hikes.

I agree with all the reviews here. I both love this place and am disgusted by the way folks (particularly in the summer months) treat what has been set aside as a “nature preserve.” If you get the chance to enjoy the beauty and solitude of this natural escape by the Potomac, and feel strongly about protecting it, please contact Riverbend Nature Center about participating in Scotts Run clean ups or collect trash when you can and report any illegal activity. And if you get a chance to hike to the river overlooks watch out for my father’s memorial bench along the trail (the one with a river view when the leaves fall), have a seat and enjoy the woods!

Beautiful overlook in November. Muddy in sections. Well marked

I've been around Claude Moore Park more than a couple times, and although it's mostly flat and winding with basic trails, it does have that "historic feeling" to it. It's nice and easy, perfect for new hikers and their families in the Loudoun area. Watch out, it can get muddy in some spots. They have the Heritage Farm Museum, and Claude Moore Recreation & Community Center of PRCS. (CMRCC). Drop by both of those if you have the chance.

I've been around Claude Moore Park more than a couple times, and although it's mostly flat and winding with basic trails, it does have that "historic feeling" to it. It's nice and easy, perfect for new hikers and their families in the Loudoun area. Watch out, it can get muddy in some spots. They have the Heritage Farm Museum, and Claude Moore Recreation & Community Center of PRCS. (CMRCC). Drop by both of those if you have the chance.

I've been around Claude Moore Park more than a couple times, and although it's mostly flat and winding with basic trails, it does have that "historic feeling" to it. It's nice and easy, perfect for new hikers and their families in the Loudoun area. Watch out, it can get muddy in some spots. They have the Heritage Farm Museum, and Claude Moore Recreation & Community Center of PRCS. (CMRCC). Drop by both of those if you have the chance.

I've been around Claude Moore Park more than a couple times, and although it's mostly flat and winding with basic trails, it does have that "historic feeling" to it. It's nice and easy, perfect for new hikers and their families in the Loudoun area. Watch out, it can get muddy in some spots. They have the Heritage Farm Museum, and Claude Moore Recreation & Community Center of PRCS. (CMRCC). Drop by both of those if you have the chance.

I've been around Claude Moore Park more than a couple times, and although it's mostly flat and winding with basic trails, it does have that "historic feeling" to it. It's nice and easy, perfect for new hikers and their families in the Loudoun area. Watch out, it can get muddy in some spots. They have the Heritage Farm Museum, and Claude Moore Recreation & Community Center of PRCS. (CMRCC). Drop by both of those if you have the chance.

I've been around Claude Moore Park more than a couple times, and although it's mostly flat and winding with basic trails, it does have that "historic feeling" to it. It's nice and easy, perfect for new hikers and their families in the Loudoun area. Watch out, it can get muddy in some spots. They have the Heritage Farm Museum, and Claude Moore Recreation & Community Center of PRCS. (CMRCC). Drop by both of those if you have the chance.

I've been around Claude Moore Park more than a couple times, and although it's mostly flat and winding with basic trails, it does have that "historic feeling" to it. It's nice and easy, perfect for new hikers and their families in the Loudoun area. Watch out, it can get muddy in some spots. They have the Heritage Farm Museum, and Claude Moore Recreation & Community Center of PRCS. (CMRCC). Drop by both of those if you have the chance.

One of my all time favorite hikes!

Fun trail and beautiful views!

Nice walk on a beautiful day. Spots on the trail are muddy but there has been lots of rain lately. Fairly steep uphill but worth doing for the view.

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11 days ago

Loved it! Beautiful trail!

Arrived at 11:30am on Saturday, Nov. 3rd. If I didn't have handicapped tags on my car, I would not have gotten a parking space. In spite of the chilly, windy weather, the lot was full and the trail was very busy. Being 58 y.o. and disabled, it was a long, slow hike for me. But so worth the view from Annapolis Rock!

Nice little loop with a section that has great river views. Went during the fall and most of the trail is wooded, so I really enjoyed the hike. Mostly flat, but some rocky hill sections near the river. Parking is limited during peak times.

This hike is NOT 7.7 miles as listed. It is 9.6 so plan additional time for the extra two miles. Also be forewarned that the downhill section through Cedar Run is quite rocky and steep which can make for slow going, especially if it’s wet. Both the uphill through White Oak and the downhill through Cedar Run are ruggedly beautiful areas. There are no real views on this hike other than the dramatic waterfalls and rushing water. Several opportunities to swim or slide. White Oak is much more heavily trafficked than Cedar Run. Cedar Run feels more like walking in wilderness. The stretch on the fire road is fairly boring. It’s longer than you think and uphill almost to Skyline Drive. If you’re in good shape it’s more in the moderate range than Hard but the rocks and rough terrain can make it more difficult. It is fairly steep up and down either way you go. It a harder hike than Old Rag but the effort is rewarded. Bring a pair of sturdy, waterproof trail shoes. Sneakers not recommended.

a zoo on the weekends

Gets a tad crowded during beautiful days

This is one of my favorite day hikes period. Waterfalls, waterfalls, waterfalls. At the top , you are feet from skyline drive and have great views to the east in a few spots. It is hard. Steep up and steep down. If you want one of the hardest day hikes in the area; add a summit of Hawksbill with an incredible view of the Shenandoah Valley.

Short and sweet! I went to this beautiful hike this Fall Sunday and had a good day. I got there early, right after sunset, and only saw a few trail runners coming up and down (and a whole boy scout troop coming down). Some spots were muddy but not too bad. When I got to the top I was the only one there, for a long time too, then people started trickling in. Soon there were quite a few people there and I ventured further along the overlook and found peace and solitude.

Tip: if you get there in the middle of the day and its crowded, take a walk to the left past the rocks you immediately see and walk down a slope to the bottom of the group of second overlook rocks. Climb up on those rocks (it's not hard) and relax all by your self without the crowds and dogs, no one came over to that side while I chilled for awhile.

On my way down around 9:30 the crowds of people coming up made me immensely happy I rolled out of bed ( the clock rolling back an hour did not help). People and dogs galore. When I got back to the parking lot by a little after 10 the parking lot was full and people were waiting for spots. Another reason to get there early.

hiking
14 days ago

Starts and ends well but kind of tough to find the markers in the middle! But gorgeous scenery and nice hike!

My husband and I did this trail yesterday and we loved it. The fall colors from Annapolis rock were breathtaking. Parts of the trail were quite muddy but it was a very enjoyable hike and not too strenuous.

I love the difficulty and variety of the A loop- I think it’s one of the most challenging hikes in the DMV area. Pretty high trafficked route.

How do you find the parking lot coming off 70?

Beautiful views on the blue trail! We got a little turned around at the white rock viewpoint but eventually found our way back to the trail. Would definitely hike this trail again!

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