Great Falls Loop Trail

MODERATE 197 reviews
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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.

DISTANCE
4.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
479 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

whitewater kayaking

horseback riding

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

National Park Service 703-285-2965

4 days ago

hiking
5 days ago

We really enjoyed this trail. The trail was challenging enough to make it fun for us (new hikers) but not so challenging we never want to hike again

hiking
8 days ago

Amazing place! It is busy, but it doesn't take away from the beauty of the place. There is an entrance fee, I paid $10 for a car with 2 people including myself in it and they do accept card. I took the Pawtomac Trail then got on the River Trail. Fairly easy hike and there's lots of things to see and do off the trail as well. Overall great experience, and I suggest this for anyone who loves scrambling and scenic views!

9 days ago

hiking
12 days ago

Always crowded. Entrance Fee during public holidays.

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26 days ago

Did the trail from Riverbend Park to Great Falls overlook and back. Very pretty; muddy in places but nothing treacherous. Trail was not too crowded 9-11 am on a Sunday.

hiking
26 days ago

Great beginners trail. Lots of people which is expected this close to D.C.

hiking
29 days ago

Very nice overlooks, since there are multiple, but it's VERY crowded.

hiking
1 month ago

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hiking
1 month ago

I loved every minute of this trail, the twists the turns, the rocks, climbing down to the river, up to the view, so many pictures that day. I loved it.

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