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Block House Point River View is a 1.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Potomac, Maryland that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 1.8 mi Elevation gain 209 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Running

Forest

River

Views

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Getting There

The main attraction at Blockhouse Point Park is two viewpoints looking down on the Potomac River and C&O canal from about 80 ft above. Even with full foliage the views are excellent. There are rapids on the river here, and you are likely to see geese and the occasional cormorant. Binoculars are recommended. Along the trail you pass a horse farm which can be beautiful at dusk. Deer inhabit the park but you are likely to see more in the backyards on your way out River Road. This is great hike for family or couples, who want to take a picnic basket to enjoy with the view. The trail map only shows the way to one of the viewpoints, for simplicity. The non-red lines on the map, show where other trails cross. The trail is well maintained but not well marked. Please note that this trail is for hikers only but there are trails for bikes and horses in the park.

Montgomery County Park Planning

From the I-495 beltway in Montgomery County, MD, take the River Road exit going west. Follow River Road through Potomac, MD and out to Blockhouse Point Park. There are three places to park on the left side of the road. This hike assumes you can find a spot in the last one. If not, park in the large middle location and consult the trail map on a large sign board. The horse trail will lead you along River Road to the beginning of this hike.

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Andrew L
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Straightforward hike, eminently doable with kids. Little bit of mud to contend with in some sections, but not too bad. We'll definitely come back.

Jamma Mead
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Nice and easy walk up to the point where you overlook the C&O canal trail ad well as the wide Potomac river, Cool under the high tree canopy! It immediately became one of my family's favorite trails even for the picky teenagers ! Cannot recommend it more.

Jill Pietropaolo
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Dog friendly trail with a beautiful view at the end!

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Trisha Laporte
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HikingMuddy

Doesn’t lead to the lake but can see a nice view of it from the top

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Hiker B.
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Laura Weiss
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Hiking

Lovely little hike. Great view of horses. Well marked

Kenny Warren
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Easy hike. Not much of a view of the river if you just walk down the clear cut. But a decent view of the Potomac from the rocks. If you take the trail to the right that is about halfway down the clear cut. Little bridge to cross to get to it.

Christopher Rogers
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Suzy Roy
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Katy Limpert
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Daniel Widome
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christian hager
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Jake Dahreddine
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Nicole Martin
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Keith Schofield
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John M.
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John M.
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Fran Thorpe
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Jill Pietropaolo
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Wendy B.
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Wendy B.
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Wendy B.
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Steve Chen
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Wendy B.
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Jill B
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Jill B
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Suzy Roy
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Yi Ma
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Alexis Shay
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Jerry Cruz
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