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one of my favorite trails closed to home.

I love this park and this walk. It’s the perfect length and it’s a lovely view.

on Burke Lake Trail

10 days ago

Lovely trail, a bit crowded though. The lake views are pretty. It can be very muddy at places.

on Lake Accotink Trail

trail running
14 days ago

Enjoyed the walk. Easy trail. Plenty of ppl around so not really recommended for a silent walk. Only some parts are paved, a bit muddy, its better for walking than jogging.At the end had to step in water at the path in front of the dam and get my sneakers soaked but we were near the parking lot so got dry in the car right away.

15 days ago

Just what my family was looking for. stroller friendly, not too long, not too short, not too challenging. The lake was beautiful and my son enjoyed the playground at the end.
My only complaint was that only one restroom was open and it was the men's and it was disgusting, and not stocked with tp or soap.
Like others have said, it would have been better had it not gone through the residential area.
Overall, enjoyed the hike and would do it again!

I think it had rained the night before, and the the trail was very muddy. Some parts of the trail were impassable due large body of water. there was also dog waste everywhere. I didn't see any bins, so I think people were not picking up. it can be better maintained.

A quick walk/hike with some nice viewings of nature scattered around. However, found it too short and mundane.

trail running
15 days ago

I started from the north end of the trail at Bull Run. The trail was still quite flooded from all the rains. I went the first couple miles and the silt and mud made the trail so slippery as to be not run-able. The area will need a couple weeks to dry out before it is enjoyable again.

Tough hike but cannot beat the view from the cliffs. The parking area is small (smaller than McAfee Knob parking area) and there are no restrooms at the trailhead. Take a moment to stop at the kiosk and read about Andy Layne for whom the trail is named after. The trail can get muddy so use caution if you are hiking after a recent rain. The trail is marked well and has some big elevation changes so give yourself time to hike it and to enjoy time at the cliffs. Once you are at the cliffs you will be rewarded with magnificent views if the weather permits. McAfee Knob can be seen from each viewpoint and take the time to hike further down for more views and a closet look at McAfee.

Very pretty boardwalk, and scenery. We needed to consult the app often to stay on track. It took us a little under 2 hours to complete. We went after rain, on 12-29 so it was pretty swampy in spots.

trail running
19 days ago

Great trail for running, biking, walking, and bird watching. Some off chute trails for the ambitious. Flat in some places and uphill in some. Reverse direction and get a different feel.

Great trail for a level run. The loop is close to five miles long and offers a nice hardwood forest setting. In the fall it can be colorful and vibrant.

21 days ago

Great hike for my kids (11, 10, 8) at least the first first few mails out of the Fountainhead trailhead, and for our Labrador. The trail is wide and well kept. It rolls up and down but the footing is flat and easy.

Great way to see Great Falls and views above the Potomac River.

1 month ago

left side going down just a little steep. beautiful at end.

Hiked this on a foggy, muddy Sunday morning. Despite the conditions, this was highly worth it and highly recommended. There's a decently large parking area. No restrooms at the trailhead. Very muddy and slippery right now, but all the bridges are in good shape. Hiking poles would have been nice to have. A couple of smaller trees have been blown across the trail, but the bigger trees that fell on the AT portion have been taken care of. We didn't get any views because of the weather, but it was still hauntingly beautiful. Only passed 3 other sets of people (including two rangers). Must not get much traffic on a winter Sunday.

7.51 miles
3:09 hours

11-18, Took us 2hr 40 mins to complete. Spectacular views along the Potomac. I think I’ve have given it a 5-star rating if it was an out and back but I didn’t love the 2nd half (away from the water). Overall a really nice hike. Not too much elevation gain.

Easy and pretty. Just make sure you check the path in front of the dam for flooding before heading out or this becomes a 7+ mile out-and-back! Whoops!

Very muddy but a good trail for kids.

A short day hike. The best view was actually at the 3 overlooks.

Must do for anyone who loves Civil War history like myself. Tons of history markers that gives you a feel of how the battle played out. Great park with a really nice vistors center.

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!

This trail was surprisingly fun with some decent incline and rock scrambles. Crowds are no joke but around the middle it was very thinned out (spent about 20 minutes just waiting to get to the gate of the park... then had to follow someone leaving in order to park). Annual passes to great falls are 30$ so might be worth it for people who plan on coming back a couple times. GORGEOUS fall colors.

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.

The hike was challenging but the view was worth it!

We hiked connecting from McAfees Knob trail and it made for a beautiful vista as well.

Hiked to Tinker Cliffs on 10/31/18 and trail was in great shape including the 2 bridges. This was my first time hiking this trail and I was very impressed with the trail and the view from the top. Took me about 1:40 to get to the top and it was worth it! I’d recommend walking another 5 minutes to the left when you get to the top for maximum view.

2 months ago

started on the blue Bell trail until the blazes seemed to stop. overall nice trail for fall leaves. shooting range is loud, but friendly folk as you walk by.

2 months ago

Easy, scenic trail. Don't expect anything grand, but its a beautiful atmosphere.

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