Gold Mine Loop Trail

MODERATE 52 reviews
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Gold Mine Loop Trail is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Potomac, Maryland that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
3.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
351 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

no dogs

Maryland Office of Tourism Development, Redwood Tower, 9th Floor, 217 E. Redwood Street , Baltimore, MD, 21202, Phone: 410-767-3400, Fax: 410-333-6643

hiking
5 months ago

Quiet and cool beneath the canopy...

7 months ago

Apparently someone uploaded photos of the falls under this trail. This trail does not cross the canal so you are near the river. overall not a bad hike.

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

This trail is in C&O Canal National Historical Park. There is no waterfall. It starts at Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center. Address: 11710 MacArthur Blvd. Potomac, Md. 301-767-3714

hiking
8 months ago

This trail is in C&O Canal National Historical Park. There is no waterfall. It starts at Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center. Address: 11710 MacArthur Blvd. Potomac, Md. 301-767-3714

10 months ago

Fun!

hiking
Saturday, February 18, 2017

Makes for a better trail run than a hike, but was with the family. I will definitely return to do a trail run.

hiking
Sunday, September 18, 2016

A good stroll in the woods for a weekend.

hiking
Sunday, June 12, 2016

hiking
Monday, February 29, 2016

Nice and quiet trail through the woods. If you are first time there, get a trail map from the Visitor Center, and follow the trails.

hiking
Saturday, February 20, 2016

Great trail and quiet

hiking
Saturday, December 19, 2015

Fairly easy trail through the woods. No major hills or rocky areas. This can be combined with the Billy Goat Trail to make for a nice, though challenging, hike.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Lovely trail! A little hard to follow the trail signs. Lots of options for adding distance to your hike with additional side trails.

Monday, June 22, 2015

We extended our hike to 6.13 mikes by doing the gold mine spur then the gold mine loop, then doubling back to take the woodland trail to the Anglers Spur and finishing up b takingbthevtowpath back to lock 20. Very nice hike. Itvwas a new best for me during my trainibg forva solo thruhike of the C&O. New pack and 28.5 lbs.

hiking
Sunday, November 16, 2014

I took the dogs and dogs are not allowed on the Billy Goat Trail portion of the hike which goes along the Potomac. It still was a very nice trail and we managed to get in 5 miles. The Overlook Trail is definitely a must to get some views of the Potomac below - particularly when there are not leaves on the trees. There tend to be a lot of people that visit this area.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Good trail with some good views of the falls. Did this one with the dog and he was fine. A few small off shoots on fingers worth wandering down to really enhance the view points.

hiking
Thursday, September 05, 2013

Fun hiking. First 10 minutes up the mountain is moderate to hard. Probably moderate. After that flat loop. You'll see more deer than people. Some historical landmarks. Good way to spend an hour or so.

hiking
Saturday, August 18, 2012

We did both the Gold Mine Loop and the Overlook Trail and it added some great views and climbs to the trail.

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