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1 month ago

Great scenery even in the winter.

5 months ago

Nice shady paved light traveled

Clean lightly traveled clearly marked and close to home

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.

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.

7 months ago

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

trail running
7 months ago

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!

7 months ago

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).

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!

We walked along the Muddy Branch Greenway trail, and it was enjoyable. The main problem with this park is that there aren't loops, and the Blockhouse Point trails don't connect with the C&O trail to create loops to get back to your car. The map makes it look like the Greenway trail connects with a bridge over the canal so you can walk the C&O. In reality, the connection wasn't marked, and we had to walk maybe .5-.75 miles to get to the bridge at Lockhouse 22. It was a little confusing, but not too bad.

The bad part was that, based on the map, we thought we would find a bridge at Canyon trail to get us back over the canal and so we could hike to our car in the parking lot. Either we missed the bridge, or there isn't one. Instead, we walked 2.5 miles and made it all the way to Lockhouse 23 (Violettes Lock) which is well beyond the Blockhouse Point trails. We actually had to get an Uber to take us from Lockhouse 23 back to our car at the Blockhouse Point parking lot.

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.

10 months ago

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.

Definitely easy and flat for the first part but has some moderate climbs in the second half. A great little trail with some nice views of a quieter part of the Potomac

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

Friday, February 03, 2017

awesome and peaceful trials...loved the sound of the river

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Longer than 6.5 miles. Very nice long loop!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Nice and easy ... some good harder parts ...

Friday, September 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.

Saturday, June 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).

Very nice trail I did run into a snake in a tree when I was walking back to my car on the green trail Not sure what kind of snake it was

Thursday, April 21, 2016

It's a very easy trail. I liked it because it's close to home and I could go there any time to do easy mountain biking.

As other people mentioned it is easy level. Not moderate.

But the trails are well marked. There's a paved trail that is an option, and the trail is good to bring people who are new to mountain biking.

Sunday, March 27, 2016


mountain biking
Monday, March 21, 2016

Beginner to intermediate difficulty, good exercise trail with constant rolling hills, but no long climbs. Start from northern most parking lot( closest to rate 29)mix of single track loops and out & back trails

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

So disappointed. Dirt trail just switchback around paved trail and golf course. Never get away from civilization at all. I don't know who rated it moderate because it is very easy.

Friday, December 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.

mountain biking
Saturday, November 14, 2015


Saturday, September 26, 2015

Beautiful trails and lots of wildlife. I absolutely love going birding here, I always see lots of species. Kayaking was absolutely beautiful and serene.

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.

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