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Great hike on a short loop. I went right first to Tolliver falls which is small but has a little beach and pool area if u want to cool off. Then upper falls that you can go on and has a nice vista view down river and a little down the river a nice view back upstream at it. Lower falls after that then nice rocky hike to muddy creek falls the biggest of the group.

on Bull Run Trail

hiking
4 days ago

This is a great day trail to take kids and pets on. Its fun and easy. And its beautiful.

This is a truly amazing hike, short and sweet. Be wary of false a false summit just after the 1st mile or so. The rocks just past the bridge make for an excellent time.

Wow! Top notch hike! Some good challenges and SPECTACULAR views! We were held up on the trail for about 10 minutes with an encounter of a 4 foot rattlesnake that my wife almost stepped on! Bring water, a snack, and your camera! Amazing views!

It's a good climb with an excellent view.

hiking
13 days ago

I considered this more of a walk than a hike. The falls are pretty. You can connect with other trails to see a total of three waterfalls.

Love the rock scrambles. Easy enough for novice hikers that are relatively active, as well as our small dog. Started on the river trail which had the most of the scrambles, then to the ridge trail, then swamp. I think we were on the Difficult Run Trail as well at some point.

has some nice swamp areas and birding but the traffic noise is a bit of a distraction

beautiful hike..takes you along the river and you walk out on the rocks...takes you to Cucumber Falls....did get lost at times...took you by the Allegheny passage.

hiking
17 days ago

Picturesque, accessible to everyone, and a pretty reasonable hike.

This is my favorite place in the world! Of course lotus season is stunning, but the vast differences in the park each season are truly spectacular. The fall leaves across the boardwalk, the spring greenery, the late summer blossoms and the snowy paths are all worth a visit. This is definitely more of a walk than a hike, so don’t be fooled by that. Bring the whole family, take a stroll and bring a picnic! If you’re quiet, you can spot deer, frogs, fish, turtles, and heron!

backpacking
24 days ago

I arrived at the Northern terminus at around 6 on a Friday (mid July) and parked there overnight. I headed South to Foster pond to camp overnight. There were a few campsites near the pond and they were all free, although it looked like they filled up by around noon on Saturday. Saturday I hiked to the Southern end of the trail and then back to the northern terminus where I parked. I started around 9am and I was in the car around 230.

The terrain was relatively flat. There were parts where the trail wasn't well maintained, there were some spots where downed trees blocked the trail.

I didn't see any streams that had running water, they were all dried up. I filled up my water at Foster pond.

Nice oasis in the city with actual trails to run. Wasn’t too busy for a weekday evening.

Nice

First part was rough but once you get to the ridge line it’s really easy and beautiful.

hiking
1 month ago

As peaceful as it is, we got covered in ticks. Half of the trail isn't paved nor landscaped. You have to cross a major road at one point after the historical landmarks.

Really great and less frequently traveled trail. Going over the bridge gives you a great view of the Potomac and there is a statute of Teddy Roosevelt on the island. Very easy hike, gets muddy after rain however. You can go swimming at certain points but take caution; it's swim at your own risk.

Do not take your dog on this trail!!! It destroyed my dogs paw pads and she hasn't walked in days. She hikes every weekend and we have never had this problem before. Please don't make the same mistake I did!

Good urban escape

The first mile was brutal for an out of shape person like me but it smooths out if you push through. This was one of the most breathtaking hikes I’ve ever been on. Just beautiful. Once you get to the footbridge, you’re just about there. I’ll definitely be returning.

hiking
1 month ago

There is a longer trail this is apart of that you get to see three different and beautiful waterfalls! Very accessible to all! The park does cost an entrance fee per person. The trails and waterfalls were packed. Many people were swimming at the waterfalls. The rocks are very slippery be cute to wear shoes with traction. The trails are also not very well marked. Be prepared to feel lost. But once you get to the falls it will all be worth it.

Fun 4.6 mile trail. The swamp and ridge part of trail has a lot of tree cover and stays cooler even during summer days. The river side of the trail is rugged and can get hot due to comparatively less tree cover.

Good trail but you can easily add more distance by adding additional trails. The swamp trail is nice because I rarely see anyone else on it. It is perfect for avoiding all the crowds of the towpaths.

Not difficult and not fun in my opinion. The trail can go one way into an urban greenway along the Jerry Connelly cross country trail while the other gets you into Great Falls. If you don’t mind a few miles you can get into Great Falls without much effort. Parking is TERRIBLE and it is dangerous getting in and out of the parking area.

Hiked this trail earlier in the spring. From the parking lot, starts up the road past some camping sites. Just look for the sign. 1st part is a steady uphill climb for about 1 mile then levels off. Nice foot bridge at the end just before the rock outcrop. A bit of scrambling on the rock outcrop. Terrific views at the top. I experienced some traffic on the trail and at the top. Due to the climb, I would hike on a cooler day. Definitely worth doing. Caution, this is an unprotected cliff top view. Hang on to your little hikers.

Had a great time with the kids. Mostly shady trail along a stream, marshland, and trees ending at the beach. Really enjoyed the fossil hunting and swimming after the 1.8 mile easy hike. Very peaceful and not crowded. We definitely plan to return. Some muddy areas along the trail but easily managed.

I've hiked it many times. Trail maintanance has noticeably declined over the years

I thought this place was cool! Some people were playing in the fountains that weren’t running... so that was freaking weird- but overall a really good place to take my dog on a walk and let her swim a bit. Super easy place to walk around. Probably one of the lesser known places to go in the area, there’s a huge statue of Teddy Roosevelt people liked to take pictures with. I’ll definitely head back soon.

Beautiful trail through an interesting part of our country, but I didn’t get far before the hoards of mosquitos turned me back. Bring bug spray and cover up.

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