Looking for a great trail in Great Falls Park, Virginia? AllTrails has 14 great hiking trails, trail running trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 9 moderate trails in Great Falls Park ranging from 2.7 to 9.1 miles and from 147 to 351 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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At Great Falls, the Potomac River builds up speed and force as it falls over a series of steep, jagged rocks and flows through the narrow Mather Gorge. The Patowmack Canal offers a glimpse into the early history of this country. Great Falls Park has many opportunities to explore history and nature, all in a beautiful 800-acre park only 15 miles from the Nations Capital.

trail running
muddy
8 days ago

App seemed to nap for about 3 miles towards the end. Distance should be 50.9 miles.

It was a great day. A little muddy but the trail is very sandy so not bad. Very level and easy to walk with stroller or dog. Lots of traffic.

hiking
closed
muddy
snow
14 days ago

Definitely recommend this trail, its really muddy but it’s beautiful! some trail are currently closed fyi

hiking
22 days ago

I would rate it a 5 but the amount of construction equipment was an eye sore

Lovely trail and very quiet in the cold weather but river trail blocked with construction work.
Road is blocked to the visitors centre because of the shutdown.

Went out hiking today and section A of the Billy Goat Trail is closed due to flooding. Hoping to come back this summer and experience the full trail as we were looking forward to climbing over the rocks in that section.

hiking
1 month ago

Went in July with friends. Did it’s backwards beginning with C. B was the best part because it wasn’t as clogged as A with a bottle neck effect occurring at the steep rock face.

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.

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

Had a total blast on this, also some super fun climbing spots just off the trail

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

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.

hiking
2 months 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.

hiking
3 months 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.

hiking
3 months 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.

hiking
3 months 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.

hiking
3 months 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.

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