Blockhouse Point Loop Trail

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Blockhouse Point Park

Blockhouse Point Loop Trail is a 7.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Potomac, Maryland that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 7.5 miles Elevation Gain: 436 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

partially paved

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

This is a loop trail that includes the woods and high prominences of Blockhouse Point Park with a horse trail through National Park Service land and a return along the C&O Canal towpath. Views of the Potomac from the high points are excellent. There are also 3.5 miles of side trails or alternate routes within MNCPPC land that are marked by signposts and blue blazes. Equestrians should note that some of the trails prohibit horses. Please observe these restrictions. Bicycles are not allowed on any Blockhouse Point trails but may use the towpath.

hiking
2 days ago

Nice trail! A little over 7 miles though. Relatively simple and easy to follow, but it’s still good to check the map if you’re confused because there are a lot of trails that cross the loop. Well maintained and beautiful. Went on a Sunday and it was pretty busy, but it’s long enough to not get crowded.

hiking
4 days ago

This hike is closer to 8mi than 6.8mi if you follow the map. It's a straightforward trail that takes you along the Potomac River until you veer off along Violettes Lock Rd. I highly recommend that you have the AllTrails map open for the remainder of the hike past this point, since this trail doesn't take you solely on Blockhouse Point Loop. It's a combo of a bunch of other intersecting trails. All in all a nice hike, though, with great views of the river! There's a small parking lot at the trailhead.

hiking
4 days ago

Afternoon 5/31/2020 hike. A little I’ve 7 miles. Amazon views of the Potomac River by the TowPath.

hiking
10 days ago

Short1 1.2 miles from parking to the other side of the towpath!

11 days ago

Cool forest trail leading to a fantastic river view! Easy and clean

hiking
11 days ago

Highly recommended. Lots of wildlife and gorgeous varied scenery.

hiking
muddy
off trail
12 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

During stay home order amid of Coronavirus pandemic, this trail is quiet and in two hours early in the morning I didn’t encounter anyone. Highlight was the numerous conjoined large trees, a few even 3 or 4 trees joined at the bottom. Easy walk.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

The 1st and 3rd parts harder while the middle part is the easiest. the middle is from Pennyfield lock to Violettes lock. mostly flat and you are between the canal and Potomac River. the 1st part is along the end of the Muddy Branch trail. Turning off of Violettes Rd you walk just outside of the park property until the road turns but you go straight. the beginning is hard to notice for a while. after that, it's a combination of different trails until you get back.

hiking
1 month ago

Very pleasant family hike, easy terrain, a few short and moderately uphill sections otherwise mostly flat. I hiked it on a rainy day and the vegetation was very lush. The app is a little off on this one and does not include several intersecting trails so it can get confusing. Make sure your phone is fully charged if you don’t know the area.

Starting at Pennyfield lock (north) moderately upward hilly trail with 2 nice views on the Potomac. Coming back on the C&O canal towpath from Violette lock to Pennyfield lock.

hiking
2 months ago

Great 7 mile hike. Lots of flowers

hiking
2 months ago

We took muddy trail blue tags down to Pennyfield Lock ...beautiful hike along Potomac to The Violettete Lock! After that the trail gets confusing ... there are not tags anywhere... the app trail did not match any of the trails .... happy that we had enough juice to get back into the park trails.... but it was confusing and not happy with the app!

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

I have never seen so much horse poop. Mud that you slip and slide. I turned back and walked another trail.

recorded Blockhouse Point Loop Trail

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Not well marked with multiple blue and white blazes. Fairly empty on a 45 degree sunny day. Dog friendly!

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

horseback riding
muddy
4 months ago

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

hiking
bridge out
6 months ago

The loop is several trails merged together. The bridge is out off of muddy branch so I don’t recommend going that way unless you’re prepared to cross a creek. Go towards the golf course

hiking
muddy
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Good trail. Can be confusing at times, but just follow this route and it’s all good. Also, since parts of the trail are horse trails expect to see lots of poop along the way.

hiking
10 months ago

Honestly, this recording is less of a trail and more of a way to connect a bunch of paths/trails into a loop. I do love a loop, but this was hard to follow at times. Nice walk along the canal with some river views. No views from any elevation. Very muddy. Closer to 7 miles.

hiking
bugs
muddy
over grown
10 months ago

We started out from the parking lot and headed east towards the river. This trail is marked white. It was muddy, so wear some shoes you don't mind getting dirty. Once we got to the canal, make sure you turn right at the lockhouse - we went east first before back tracking west. The canal path is very nice. There were lots of bikers and not many people walking. We walked down to the river at a newly cleared pipeline area and sat for a few minutes to enjoy the view of the Potomac. When you get to the western end of the canal, follow the road to the left. Take your first right towards a residential house, and follow the trail straight ahead. This portion of the trail was very overgrown, buggy, and muddy. We had to go off trail through some brush to avoid the mud. I also need to mention this trail had an excessive amount of spider webs crossing the path. We began waving a stick in front of us in order to avoid taking a mouthful of spiders. Once you finally get to the trail proper, things start to get confusing. The trail is not well marked so be sure to follow the map here - it was very helpful to have our location shown in regards to the trail within the app. When you get to a tiny stream crossing, head up the hill to the left. There should be some faint red trail markings you can follow until you hit the white markers again. At this point, we just had the app open the rest of the hike. The trail names change and make no sense to follow. You must change trails several times in order to reach the start of this loop. At some point you hit a marker that says "trailhead and parking", go that way but there aren't any more similar signs to direct you the rest of the way. Eventually you hit the clearing for that pipeline again, which leads right back up to the parking lot. (Note that you cannot follow the pipeline clearing all the way to the canal trail - the canal itself blocks your access.) For the most part, I enjoyed this hike. If I were to do it again, I'd probably stop at the end of the canal and turn back instead of hiking the 3rd leg of this loop - attempt only if you have phone battery and some good cell service.

hiking
Sat May 11 2019

Highly disappointed. Two cars were broken into when we arrived.

running
muddy
Sat Apr 20 2019

hiking
Sun Mar 03 2019

Good trail. Not always signed as Blackhouse Point” so take a map. Rest rooms at both end of the canal section.

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