Great Falls Loop Trail is a 4.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near McLean, Virginia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
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This hike was closed today due to flooding. Another trail Billy Goat A part is also closed ( till June ). Not sure when the Great Falls trial will reopen. Looks to follow similar path as the closed till June one. Other trails seem it to be able to see the Falls. Walk along river is nice though.
This trail was very easy with little elevation gain. There's a small uphill section along the swamp trail and ridge trail, but only enough to get your heart rate up. The views along the River trail are beautiful and there are a couple of places you can scramble if you wanted to. I went during the weekday in the afternoon and there were some people on the trail. I could see how it could become very crowded during a weekend. This is a good beginner hike. The overlooks were a little crowded and I do wish you could access the falls at your own risk.
Gorgeous serene morning. It rained over night so the trail were wet but still enjoyable. Wear good traction shoes for the wet rocks would be a good idea. Incredible scenery with the snowtips still on the ground.
really beautiful easy trail!
Beautiful views and easy to navigate! A must see in this area.
Beautiful and really fun place for teens!!! My kids loved climbing in the rocks!! Was a bit crowded but doable. We brought our dog and she did great!
Great trail with amazing views and scrambling. I went on a Sunday and the park and trail was very busy. I waited in line for 45 minutes to get into the park. This was at 11am. Best to go early or during the week if you want to move fast through the trail. I didn't do the full loop this time but plan on going back. Great work out.
Pretty nice trail. Good climbs, good views, awesome birds flying around and the falls are amazing. A great escape from suburbia.
Great afternoon hike, you get to see some ruins and views of great falls. If you keep going after the Matildaville trail ends, on to the ridge trail, there are some really good panoramic views of a bend in the river.