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Easy trail. The falls are crowded in the summer. When you loop back, you see some nice boulders.

Did this in early June. Nice moderate trail off the C&O towpath. There was a scramble or two but nothing too crazy. Able to take my mini Aussie on this with no issues

Convenient hike to get out of the city and into nature. A pretty popular trail but you can avoid the crowds by going early in the morning or late near twilight. Overall pretty easy hike open to all levels.

The trail itself is very good. The loop runs adjacent to the river for a while and the waterfall section is beautiful and a great place to sit down and take in the scenery. However, the trail isn't marked too well and you can miss the route for the falls pretty easily. Overall though the trail is nice, easy, and family friendly (just watch the kids around the falls).

Beautiful trail. Had to cross a few streams but nothing to serious. Will definitely go back again. The waterfalls are breathtaking.

Very nice views during fall time. Definitely recommended!

Took a group of tiger cubs up and back. Worked well for the kids and parents. Very easy hike with a nice reward for the kids.

Great easy trail. Great for adventuring down alternate paths, easy enough to find your way back. Check out @marylandtrails on IG for photos.

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25 days 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.

Fun trail and beautiful views!

Gets a tad crowded during beautiful days

Nice hike very dog friendly. Not marked well.

We just missed the fall colors but it was soon after a rain so the waterfalls were great. My mom is 69 and not in good physical shape but she was able to complete the 0.9 mile hike.

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.

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1 month ago

Fun Hike! Great for kids.

A pretty casual hike. A bit busy sometimes. Kids loved it.

Love this trail! Beautiful and fun!!!

We walked counter-clockwise from the visitors center and saw the falls first, then hog rock, and then we turned south on the yellow trail before reaching thurmont. We had a 2 and 3 yr old with us and were taking our time. We recorded 5.7 mi on the yellow loop. It was a very nice hike with beautiful views and fall colors.

Hike along water streams, nice view.

LOVED the waterfall. Easy hike, bring shoes that you don't mind soaking because you will have to go through about mid calf deep water to get to the falls. Parking is limited and a Ranger stands guard. after about 10am in the spring/summer and you'll be waiting to park. Once I got to the falls I was glad parking was limited because it kept the amount of people limited. Kid friendly, I saw 2 and 3 year olds there but even mid August with 100°+ the water was FREEZING. I put my head under the falls and instantly lost my breath because it was so cold.

had a fun day with some brisk walking around 10+miles (we did a little extra walking here and there) in around five hours!

Beautiful trail. Almost missed the waterfall after making the entire loop, but checked the map on this app and backtracked a bit to the falls. Glad we did! Definitely a moderate hike, not too much in the way of elevation, and all around enjoyable. We will be back!

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1 month ago

Short but lovely! Took the family here for a sort hike. It was busy but worth it. The falls were great and running full from all the rain. Definitely worth the stop!

The hike itself was beautiful, but I found the trail to be poorly marked and we missed the trail to do the full loop and had multiple other hikers ask us for directions back to their cars. I would definitely hike it again, but would use the map more instead of trusting the trail.

This is a popular trail but it’s worth it!

This trail is currently closed due to damaged caused by summer storms. The trail needs to be rebuilt.

hiking
1 month ago

We parked up at the visitor center and walked the towpath to trail A. We did Trail A & C. Trail B is closed. Trail is A is a lot of climbing up and over rocks for 90% of the trail. I loved it. Ankles are a little sore but worth it. Follow the Blue blazes on trees/rocks. We began at 8:30 on a Saturday and it was very less people but it got much busier as day went on. Rocks can be slippery and sandy if it has rained. Be careful. Not a good trail for those who are timid or have knee issues.

Then we took the towpath to Trail C and that is a regular flat trail along the river. Easy to navigate.

River view is amazing and see it the whole way. Bring water and a snack if doing 2-3 trails.

Fun trail, many rocks to climb and great views.

I enjoyed this trail. Because of needing a knee replacement, this trail was more challenging for me than it would be for others.

The hike in this trail was amazing. We started with a warm up through the Park Headquarter / Orange Trail, then climbed up to the Wolf Rock, Thurmont Vista and Chimney Rock, the view from Thurmont Vista and Chimney Rock is breathtaking.

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