Great Falls Overlook Trail

MODERATE 66 reviews
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Great Falls Overlook Trail is a 4.3 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 best used from March until September.

DISTANCE
4.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
278 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

scramble

no dogs

Directions from Washington, D.C.: Travel the Clara Barton Parkway north 1.5 miles to MacArthur Boulevard. Turn left and travel to Falls Road. This is one of the C&O's entrances. Enter the area and travel to the large parking lot across from Old Angler's Inn. Trail begins at the upper road.

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19 days ago

This goes on the Billy Goat Trail A and note that dogs are NOT ALLOWED, not even on a leash. Disappointed that I couldn't take this route today with my pup, though it's a pleasant walk down the canal and back (past the entrances to the trail).

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2 months ago

Great spot, except for the large crowds on the weekends.

4 months ago

Always great. Never gets old.

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7 months ago

Harder than we assumed, but a great workout. Being in shape definitely helps. Tons of rocks and rock climbing!

7 months ago

Love this hike!!

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7 months ago

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7 months ago

Beautifull vieuws

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8 months ago

8 months ago

Great hike to the falls! Amazing views. The trails are well marked and well preserved.