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

Did this in early June. Nice moderate trail off the C&O towpath. There was a scramble or two but nothing too crazy. Able to take my mini Aussie on this with no issues

beautiful trail. everything about it was perfect.

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.

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14 days ago

We went to this trail last Sunday. Not overly strenuous or crowded on a warm autumn day. Muddy in sections which is to be expected after it rained the day before. It’s a nice walk in the woods with minimal elevation. It’s been overlooked by us for the more popular park trails in the past. Well marked past the visitor center from the parking lot (on the left hand side). If you have a national parks pass entrance to the pay lot is free! Took us about 1.5 hours

Convenient hike to get out of the city and into nature. A pretty popular trail but you can avoid the crowds by going early in the morning or late near twilight. Overall pretty easy hike open to all levels.

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25 days ago

Did this trail on the way back after completing the River Trail. Flat and peaceful. Nice end to a long day.

So awesome! Can't believe it's only 30 min from DC. I went early as I usually do and there were not many people. I saw a guy out there in the raging waters kayaking and saw plenty of rock climbers but I was mostly alone save for a few early birders as well. The first half of this hike is very rocky, and can be made even rockier if you explore a little off trail to see the beautiful river cliff views. It's mostly flat as well, with no much uphill at all. The second half of the hike is where you get almost all of the elevation, it's more in the tree line and its seriously just straight up and down and turn around and do up and down again. Both parts of the hike were enjoyable and the views are spectacular. I did this hike because the Billy Goat trail is mostly closed save for one part, I'm happy I did it though and I will be back.

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

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26 days ago

Did this hike last year. It’s a decent hike for the area. Good views and some rock scrambling. Does get crowded and I prefer more quiet hikes.

Fun trail and beautiful views!

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.

Gets a tad crowded during beautiful days

I love the difficulty and variety of the A loop- I think it’s one of the most challenging hikes in the DMV area. Pretty high trafficked route.

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1 month ago

Fun Hike! Great for kids.

Beautiful trail, not too crowded. Lots of places to rest with a view off to the sides. Past Sandy Landing there are some cool little beaches to explore.

This hike was more of a nature walk. My husband carried our son in his carrier and there were no issues at all. One stream crossing but crossed easily. Path is very wide, was slightly muddy but expected after a day of rain. Took about 1.5 hours to complete the loop. Lots of spurs off the main trail if you wanted to do more. Went on a Sunday and passed about 10 other groups.

Great falls and lot of rocks to climb. Nice views!!

This trail is currently closed due to damaged caused by summer storms. The trail needs to be rebuilt.

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1 month ago

We parked up at the visitor center and walked the towpath to trail A. We did Trail A & C. Trail B is closed. Trail is A is a lot of climbing up and over rocks for 90% of the trail. I loved it. Ankles are a little sore but worth it. Follow the Blue blazes on trees/rocks. We began at 8:30 on a Saturday and it was very less people but it got much busier as day went on. Rocks can be slippery and sandy if it has rained. Be careful. Not a good trail for those who are timid or have knee issues.

Then we took the towpath to Trail C and that is a regular flat trail along the river. Easy to navigate.

River view is amazing and see it the whole way. Bring water and a snack if doing 2-3 trails.

Fun trail, many rocks to climb and great views.

Beautiful trails with dog friendly people

Nice trail fits all purpose and all ages. Fatanstic view and many suprises if you like to explore.

Enjoying yes this trail since all Billy Goat trails were closed due to flooding.

Went at 9am on a Sunday morning, parking lot was already pretty full. Not too much elevation change. Gets real muddy after a big rain.

We went on a rainy Sunday and there were only a few people around. The river trail was the rockiest, and the other trails were mostly gravel. Not too much incline either, so they were pretty easy to hike.

Awesome!!

$10 entrance fee but you can walk right up to the overlooks from the parking lot. It was a bit too crowded for my liking but beautiful views. The trail was pretty easy. Really cool experience if you have never been here before!

Loved this place. River trail is moderate, not highly difficult. Great hike to make you sweat! Park seems pet and family friendly.

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