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.

trail running
4 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!

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.

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

mountain biking
11 months ago