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Gold Mine Loop Trail is a 3.2 mile heavily 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.

Length 3.2 mi Elevation gain 360 ft Route type Loop

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

No dogs

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Contact
Getting There

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

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Recordings (212)
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Sandy MacAfee
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HikingFee

Loved this trail. All shaded and well maintained. Beautiful landscape. Made a wrong turn from main trail we were following but made the hike even better. Had an overlook of the river. Light to moderate traffic. About 75% of hikers observing the mask. Good moderate trail.

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Tom J
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Hiking

Gold Mine, 4.3, ok trail, not crowded, lots of other loop options. HOT AND HUMID, 95 degrees, jack crushed it tho.

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Jennifer Barnes
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HikingFee

Really pretty and shady trail. Went in the afternoon during the week, and while there were lots of people for the walk along the locks nearby, only a couple people went on this loop. Would do it again as there are a couple spurs you could take to explore more.

Kat Scott
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Hiking

Less crowded. Lovely and green.

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Bahram Bayani
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David Wonder
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Hiking

Very nice, unique, and beautiful.

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Rebecca Faeder
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Hiking

I’ve hiked this trail umpteen times. It’s an easy trail, by no means moderate. Beautiful views of the falls.

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Michael Alexander
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Amy Garbarini
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Hiking

Loved this trail and being in the middle of the forest. Only saw around 5 people on the trail while we were walking so I guess I would recommend going now if you want more peace. Pay attention to the marker signs (they start off white, then turn blue, then white again) because it’s very easy to end up on a different path!

Phill Wadsworth
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Running

Orienteering event running on and off trail.

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Francine Blume
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Hiking

Lovely forest loop. Busy down by the canal but it's really interesting and worth the detour for the history and the views. Easy trail unless you take my detour which had a steeo, rocky 5 minute climb but not that bad. Rocky in some spots. Would be peaceful except it's in a flight path so you can hear airplanes all the time. Still pretty. Still worth it.

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Phill Wadsworth
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Hiking

Yuck hike from Falls Rd. No need to go into the National Park and pay entry fee. This will be a good trail running course

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Sylvia Van Etten
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Hiking

I did this trail on a very hot day at 7:30 am. It is a well maintain trail all the uphills are at the beginning of the trail. It is an easy trail it was great even in 90 degrees weather.

Tazhawn Ingram
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HikingBugs

Nice trail. We really liked all of the spur trails that connect to it; it allowed us to add on mileage if we wanted to.

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Amanda Bradley
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If you park at Lock 20, there is a $15 fee or $30 for the annual pass. Trail was not crowded. Elevation is primarily at the beginning. There are no falls actually on the trail, but the overlook (on Great Falls) before Gold Mine does have a nice view of the rapids.

Hailey H.
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Hiking

A favorite in Great Falls park because it never seems to be crowded, even on weekends. Dog-friendly.

Suzette M.
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Hiking

Well maintained trail!

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Kelly K.
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Hiking

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

Lindsey McGonigal
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Hiking

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.

Hsiaoling Huang
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Beautiful trails with dog friendly people

Stephen Hanlon
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Great place

Jennifer Strotman
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Hiking

Great trial and easy to add to others! Dogs ARE allowed here and there are a lot of them! People are stupid in letting them off leash because it’s gonna ruin it for the rest of us good dog people. This is also a fun trail run location.

Aaron L.
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Hiking

fantastic hike. well marked. lots of side trail options. the fam and I tromped around for about 5 hours. while there were other hikers on the way, most of the day hikers hike along over to the falls then along the C&O Canal towpath. I've never seen so many old oak trees in one area before. really had a great hike.

Katy L.
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Wonderful forest walk. Very zen. Beautiful green forest carpet, not a lot of bushes. Terrain is on the easy side but it’s a totally enjoyable walk. Agree with another reviewer that it would be great for trail running. Easy to add additional loops for more distance (such as overlook trail).

Nancy Gadd
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Juno the Golden Retriever loved the trail. Nice ups and downs, nothing too strenuous and for kids (and kids at heart) there is a Gold Mine to see from the outside. if you are hiking with little folk, turn left at the loop, the gold mine is closer that way. we did the whole loop. Beautiful Forrest and ridges.

Vanessa Rothstein
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Hiking

Quiet and cool beneath the canopy...

John Schley
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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.

Em B
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Russell Kennedy
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Hiking

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

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