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Potomac Heritage Trail to Watkins Island Overlook

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Riverbend County Park

Potomac Heritage Trail to Watkins Island Overlook is a 5.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Great Falls, Virginia that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 5.8 mi Elevation gain 354 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

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Janet S
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Jamie Hargis
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Really nice, mostly flat trail, little bit of an incline at one point. We had the kids so only went in about 1 1/2 miles and they got to take off their shoes and get a little wet which was awesome!

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Martha Garcia
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A lot of people if you want a quite trail. This is not the trail. It’s a flat walk

Brent Schnupp
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Great trail along the river one of the best in the area

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Heydar Abdullayev
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Quite and well marked trail.

Rebecca Faeder
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5/22/20-Thought I’d head out for a wildflower hike amongst clouds. It rained most of the time! My dog had a blast. Easy side of moderate. Couple of uphills but pretty easy. Lots of wildflowers!

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Ian Greenhalgh
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Went on a Friday around noon during pandemic, was gorgeous!

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Azhar Gondal
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If you are looking for quite trail then you will love this one

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Sally StClair
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Warren Danzenbaker
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Nice and well Marked trail. The elevated parts of the trail about 1.5 - 2 miles in arent too bad, but near the end of a steep overlook. we didnt have any trouble, but with the wet leaves at 9am it was alittle slippery. there are some spots where you can sit on a bench or pinic table and enjoy some great views of the river.

Ash Stran
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Ok trail, would rate as easy over moderate. Not many cool views, but a decent hike overall. Would recommend if you want a mostly flat with some incline trail.

Prasad E.
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One of the very pleasant trails i have tried. Mostly flat except couple of places. Most of the trail is on the riverside. Donation is based on honor system. Suggested donation is $2 per vehicle. You can also rent boats when the water is not high.

Lilith Sawyer
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I spent the weekend nearby and hiked the direction towards Great Falls National Park yesterday so figured might as well check out this direction today. The visitor center area was more crowded than yesterday, with people grilling and blasting music and stuff that I did not see yesterday (tomorrow is Memorial Day, so no surprise that people are out partying). Despite that, the trail in this direction was not very populated (much less so than the trail in the other direction was yesterday). I didn’t hike the whole length due to the temps in the upper 80s. I hiked about 35 minutes in / halfway for the out and back. Still enjoyable. Pros: mostly shaded, not too crowded, lots of wildlife (several snakes, toads, salamanders, birds), pretty views of river much of the time, the parts further from the river are pretty forest parts, some fun up and down sections, not muddy in many spots despite storms last night, well marked Cons: some sections are kinda plain

Christa Richardson
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Well marked trail with some decent inclines. Can see eagles nest on this hike which was neat.

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Jill Crenshaw
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Great short, moderate hike. The first half of the trail is very well maintained and there are plenty of signs to keep you on the trail. The second half is a bit more rugged and has a few steep climbs. Even though the parking lot for the area was full, the trail was still lightly trafficked. There are plenty of paths from the trail that lead down to the water. The views, the moderate hills, and having the trail to ourselves the majority of the time earns this trail four stars.

Emily K.
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Nice walk along the river, a couple decent hills.

Amanda B
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Definitely easy and flat for the first part but has some moderate climbs in the second half. A great little trail with some nice views of a quieter part of the Potomac

Adela Garzon
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abhijith jayadevan
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Gonca Tanner
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Adela Garzon
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Prasad E.
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David Bowman
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Raja Ram
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Prasad E.
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Gus Remenicky
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Jay Dockins
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Janee Mestrovich
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