Explore the most popular trails in Algonkian Regional Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Located on the scenic Potomac shore, Algonkian Regional Park is the perfect place for an afternoon of fun in the sun, a family vacation or even your wedding. The park includes Downpour! (a large waterpark complex), a par-72 golf course, miniature golf, trails, a boat launch, picnic shelters, vacation cottages, and a versatile meeting center.

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blowdown
3 days ago

Short hike with kids. Very flat, but had a few downed trees to work across. Creek crossing was “high” water, so the feet got a little wet. Could have gone a different route, but wanted to stay on that specific trail.

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muddy
25 days ago

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muddy
2 months ago

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off trail
3 months ago

Calling this loop a “trail” is a stretch, as it’s really a route cobbled together from different trails in and around Algonkian Park. I would have lost my way where the route goes around a middle school athletic field without help of the app. I recommend weaving through the network of trails south of Pasture Run instead; they are well marked and offer every bit as much variety of landscape that the bigger loop does.

Got harrassed by Golf Course employees and security folks for walking along the clearly labeled path where it skirts the Trump Golf Course, the area between Algonkian and Seneca Park. The whole thing was unpleasant. Frustrating that they are closing off access for local residents who enoy the outdoors...even though this path is supposed to be open to the public.

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bugs
muddy
over grown
5 months ago

Maybe I’m use to Natural Forest Trails? This is single person wide; about a women’s shoe, size 8. It’s almost impossible to have a dog on a leash if anyone else is on the trail. It’s not wide enough for 2 ppl to pass each other w/o someone going in the bushes. We did see deer; maybe 10+

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bugs
over grown
private property
6 months ago

Park at the Potomac Lakes softball fields by the playground, this is where the trail starts. First mile is a very wide, flat, easy path. Turn toward the river and you start the “real” hike. Through woods, into the golf course, choose the cart paths that parallel the trail, as the trail at the course is very overgrown. Back int to woods and you will run into overgrown areas, 4in wide path with chest high brush. A couple of hills and trail marking could be better her. Across some private property, but trail users are allowed. Follow the river to Riverbend Park and you start some much easier stretches. Water station at Riverbend was a lifesaver, as it was in the 90s and humid. Short trek to Great Falls and the 12 mile end.

was fine for pup walking. lots of waterfowl

We did the actual loop on the app that says 4.1 miles. It ends up being about 5 and it’s more moderate terrain, the full loop is not “easy” and is not well marked. If I was in the mood for a moderate hike I’d have given this 4 or 5 stars. But it’s marked easy, and I wanted easy today.

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muddy
7 months ago

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muddy
7 months ago

It is as advertised, a easy walk in the woods for the most part... a bit muddy, a bit buggy, but perfectly fine otherwise! Saw a deer, so that was nice too.

Easy, easy trail. It became muddy as I was going towards Deer Trail so I turned around and went in the other direction of the Potomac Heritage Trail. Looks like they have painted fresh blazes.

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bridge out
muddy
over grown
washed out
9 months ago

If you’re looking for a swamp, look no further. 3/4 of the trail was washed out and we spent most of our time tacking our way through the brush. Also, you cross 2 different creeks (one of them twice), and most of the time no way to cross. There’s only one bridge which is further down and way out of the way. I would recommend this trail only when there hasn’t been much rainfall to wash away everything out.... also make sure to wear your bug spray

hiking
10 months ago

Very nice. Took a nice stroll with my 18 month old, so it was very very slow going. But otherwise, the trail was in good condition. A few downed trees on the trail left over from the winter.

Trail wasn’t well marked at all..mostly mud puddles at least ankle deep..lots of maneuvering around downed trees and branches..had to cross a river strategically since there was so much water trail crossing wasn’t passable...a few slip and slides..a few falls and 1 intentional wrong turn that caused us to climb a mountain ridge...Not my most favorite trail at all...my expectations were a lot higher...(maybe give this trail a better rating if it was dry..probably a completely different experience)

Short and easy makes for a nice leisure walk.

Liked the trail but everyone had their dogs off leash. I had to stop and wait for them to gather their dogs so I could pass with mine on leash.

Great trail - easy but very family friendly with enough room for bikes, runners, dogs and people.

we did the first two miles, and this trail was boring and low intensity. it was a roughly paved walking trail. if you want to do this, I would suggest not starting from the boat launch. also, don't go after a rain. there were 1 foot deep, 6 foot wide streams accross the trail.

One of the best. Varied terrain keeps it interesting. Traveling from Algonkian eastbound, terrain gets difficult after Trump Golf Course. Some inclines a bit difficult and definitely a scramble. River not always visible. Well kept except on the portion going through Trump Golf course.

not hard at all. plain view.

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