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The trail head is actually really easy to find, and you park in a gravel lot right next to the trailhead. Don't go through the housing development...walk towards the trailhead. It is the CCT (Gerry Connolly Cross Country Trail) that starts from the parking lot.
This trail has a diverse set of terrain to cover and a good mix of flat and climbs. 2 river crossings (big boulders and pillons to walk on while crossing). Gets pretty busy near the Great Falls Area--pretty empty on the stick part of the lollipop loop.

I went on this trail as a brand-new-to-Great-Falls person and was expecting a walking trail. The River Trail is DEFINITELY a hiking trail that requires frequent use of your hands for navigating hills and over rocks, and includes very steep inclines that will leave inexperienced hikers (like myself) out of breath and physically strained. You will spend most of your time looking at the ground to watch your footing and very little time enjoying the beautiful scenery around you. Early March 2018, there were downed trees on the trail that were difficult to pass without being extremely nimble. A wet patch of mud on a slope caused me to tumble; I cut my palm on a rock trying to break my fall. I do not recommend this trail after any amount of rain. I cut this trail short and took a shortcut over to the Old Carriage Trail, which can be classified as a walking trail... very smooth and only slight inclines.

This park was listed as an Audubon Hotspot for birding year-round but we hardly saw any birds at all (early March). We saw the most birds near the parking lot (and just common birds). Disappointing.

Offers relative serenity and beauty a stones throw from DC. It doesn’t quite live up to nearby Great Falls, but is a worthy alternative.

With some great climbs and great views you cannot go wrong with this 7 mile round trip hike. Approx 2000 feet elevation gain makes it a great workout as well.

sweet place to hike..

one of my favorite places I have ever ran.

I really enjoy the trails at Manassas. Great place to take the dog on a weekend.

25 days ago

Always a great spot. Never a let down.

trail running
30 days ago

Excellent trail for running. Easy and wide for passing. Beautiful too.

1 month ago

Beautiful and easy for a quick hike.

This was a much better hike than I expected it to be. I’ve been to Great Falls Park a number of times to look at the falls but wasn’t aware that there was a loop with some elevation and rocky parts and more challenge than I expected. It was also beautiful - a warm winter mid-week day with few people and great views through the bare trees. I highly recommend it for a good hike close to downtown DC.

Out of the triple crown, this was by far my favorite. has the best view and a good challenge. Our group hiked in the rain mud and all and was the best hike ever.

trail running
1 month ago

This is my home trail. I run it weekly. Love it!

Muddy but enjoyed.

Nice easy trail. But quite busy.

Great views, I’ve been here dozens of times during all seasons of the year.

2 months ago

Great trail but it gets a 3 star because of the high traffic. Still worth visiting but expect lots of people and bikes.

Keep in mind, the trail is around a historic battlefield. Given that it is a battlefield, it is mostly cleared, with not that many trees. But it is beautiful, hilly, and with the mountains off in the horizon. It can be hard to distinguish the path from the hills because it is a flattened grass trail to preserve the original look. The nearby roads are also unfortunately a bit loud and an eyesore.

amazing as good as it gets beautiful waterfalls

Nice trail which I used to walk when I was young. It's fun to see the lakefront halfway through the trail, too.

Love the views & walking along the frozen Potomac!

Great trail! Easy to follow.

Couldn’t find the trail... drove all the way to the starting point instructed by the app and it ended up taking me to a Cul-de-sac. I felt too weird just leaving my car in a random neighborhood and walking through some random person’s yard to get to the trail. I wish there was a parking lot or a more public starting point. I tried looking for the park that the maps and google maps app said was in the area but it once again the apps took me to a gated community and dead end cup-de-sac

mountain biking
2 months ago

Light foot and bike traffic during the week in the fall. The majority I would consider easy, but there's a section towards the back of the park that is more technical or moderate for bikers. Great spot for something quick when you're pressed for time.

3 months ago

Great trail, very busy though... bikers are careless so watch out.

Hiked this about a year ago. Very easy. Bonus-Geocache along the way.

a word of caution the trailhead is not clearly marked and if you did like us you'll end up walking into the Housing Development I am sure the homeowners are tired of this they should put up their own sign saying not the trailhead is to the right following the water pumping station it looks wrong as you walk through the wire fences once on the Trail Follow The Horseshoe or Horse Trail instead of the Gerry Connolly Trail if you want to stay near the water's edge and a better walking surface it will take awhile to get to the Great Falls so my suggestion is skip this whole event and just go to the Great Falls Park.

WTF? where is the trail? I'm in big housing development!

Lots of unmarked trail intersections. Very easy hike.

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