Great Falls Overlook Trail is a 1.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Potomac, Maryland that features a waterfall. The trail is good for all skill levels and is primarily used for hiking and walking.

Length1.3 miElevation gain49 ftRoute typeOut & back
kid friendlyHikingWalkingRiverViewsWaterfallFee
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Great walks, and fantastic views of the Potomac. A few nice lookout points, and great spots for some scrambling and bouldering rocks. Tons of parking, bathrooms and concession staff during peak times, and fun for people of all ages. It’s $15 to park- and they ONLY TAKE CARDS- but if you keep the receipt you can come back without paying for up to 6 days after that.

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Kristie Polanka
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Beautiful! The River Trail was very muddy but not a ton of standing water. We climbed some rocks and the Falls are amazing. Will definitely be back.

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Rosa flores
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Stuart Itkin
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Phil Kulp
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neat. going back when not icy.

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Chelsey Robinson
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chris Gregory
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Great!

very well taken care of.

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Dan Gabor
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Mary Dalnekoff
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Linda Mattes
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Love it! Lots of rocks and very fun!!! Would love to do it again!

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Komron Miller
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Josh Watkins
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James Woods
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More people than I have ever seen on a “trail” very crowded

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Shane Welch
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Adrian Zajkowski
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Dave Hovis
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Roughly 15 minute wait for entry at 2pm but worth it. Some surprisingly dangerous drops along many trails so keep a close eye on small or careless kids. If you see a path off the edge of the main road take it - some really neat views to be found unexpectedly.

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87tylo User
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Hiking

great hike. beautiful views!

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Vrushali Kadam
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great hike.. went there around 8:30am and ample parking spots.. amazing views on overlooks .. billy goat trail A was complete rock scrambles.. need good hiking shoes/boots with good traction. easy walk back on the C&O Canal towpath

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BERNADETH idos
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Stacey Campbell
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Very nice. I didn't realize something so beautiful was so close to home.

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Phil User
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Kurt Hixenbaugh
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Atla ntun
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I don’t think this was a moderate trail.. still fun

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katarzyna calpo
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nice walk!!!!amazing views:) one way very rocky and sometimes steep. we had wonderful time.

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Kimberly Brown
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Yuriy M
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HikingGreat!

Easy

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Joey Conroy
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William Mendoza
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Great hiking experience.

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Shelly Durkee
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Beautiful! We liked this side of Great Falls better than the Virginia side!

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Laura Escalante
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It is easy and nice. A lot of people.

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xaxoi N
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