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

One of my favorite walks to do in the area. It’s a pretty trail and nice not having to pay the entrance fee at great falls.

Relatively flat and well marked path. Nice views of the water and the falls. Started a little crowded around 9/9:30. Took us about an hour with our dog.

Area is nice. Trails are marked but not well kept. Lots of different trails around the park and a nice visitor center. Also has a nature center but didn’t get a chance to check it out.

hiking
4 months ago

Poorly marked

Easy trail - mind your step as it can get a bit rocky and muddy in some areas. This trail will take you from Great Falls Park up to Riverbend Park and back. Bug spray is a plus in the summer months when the mosquito are in full force.

great trail located outside silver spring. very cool in the summer months. dog enjoys it. lots of small clubs to keep your heart pumping. we did a 3 mile lol and ended up by the dog park

Great out & back for all levels and is kid friendly. Gets very crowded, so get there early. Very scenic with the river along the entire length of the trail, with plenty of places to stop and enjoy the views.

Great short, moderate hike. The first half of the trail is very well maintained and there are plenty of signs to keep you on the trail. The second half is a bit more rugged and has a few steep climbs. Even though the parking lot for the area was full, the trail was still lightly trafficked. There are plenty of paths from the trail that lead down to the water. The views, the moderate hills, and having the trail to ourselves the majority of the time earns this trail four stars.

Nice walk along the river, a couple decent hills.

mountain biking
6 months ago

Short MTB trails. Good for a couple of hours of fun. Early afternoons are best. Lots of wildlife and trails are well marked.

trail running
8 months ago

I run the dirt trails here a couple times a week, at night in the summer (with a headlamp), including the part that's labeled "MTB Trail" off to the north--it's really just a new part of the trail (but a there-and-back, not a loop; most of the rest you can do as a loop). There's a fifty foot segment at the SW end that crosses a stream on Greencastle Rd, but you can now avoid this by a new trail + footbridge that doesn't show on any maps yet; if you're coming from the SE, look for a path off to your right just after you cross the paved path. I've also XC-skied parts in the winter (golf course can also be skied). Lots of deer at dusk, occasional fox, owls. Lots of side paths for change of scene--any of the black dashed paths, not just the red path (which is someone's GPS, I guess).

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.

This is a good hike for anyone who is a beginner and more advanced. We saw lots of wildlife, bikers and dogs. I took my older and very over weight hiking buddy Max and he did just fine.

9 months ago

If you're willing to trade a 4 mi RT walk to skip the fee and lines into Great Falls Park, this is your trick. It's a pretty stroll along the Potomac and gives you access to fishing if that's your thing, but this trail is simply my conduit to GF if I'm meeting up with someone without a park pass or if I anticipate crowds at the park gate. Not really a destination trail, in my opinion.

hiking
11 months ago

Great scenery even in the winter.

walking
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Nice shady paved light traveled

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Clean lightly traveled clearly marked and close to home

hiking
Saturday, August 26, 2017

Didn't do the whole thing, but really enjoyed what I did do. At 7:15 there weren't too many people on the trail either.

Saturday, August 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.

hiking
Tuesday, August 01, 2017

As with the entire rock Creek system, trails or poorly and infrequently marked.

trail running
Saturday, July 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!

hiking
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Fun trail, poorly labelled. We had a great lunch sitting on the rocks by the rapids about a third of the way through (we started from the south). Be sure to check out Pulpit Rock and the views from there! We started on this trail and then walked down Western Ridge at the north point (for about 9mi total).

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Nice easy hike. Saw a doe and its 2 fawns. The great falls overlook was amazing.

Amazing views! Excellent trails and the waterfall was a nice ending, just marvelously done!! GO!

walking
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Nice trail. I found it very easy. It has a steam where the dog can go in to cool off. Noticed a lot of dirt paths off the trail also.

walking
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

A well-kept trail and wonderful park close to home. Gorgeous weather to explore! I hiked the intersecting trails: Tom's Trail, Arcola Trail, Deer Hollow Trail, Acorn Woods Trail, Pine Lake Trail, and checked out the Harper Homestead. next time I'll tackle the adjoining Northwest Branch Trail.

Beautiful day. Busy as it was Easter Sunday. Nice trail. Wear appropriate shoes! Dogs enjoyed it as well.

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