Explore the most popular river trails near Great Falls with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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.

Nice walk along the river, a couple decent hills.

This was more strenuous than I thought considering it has only +500 elevation. But it has very nice views through the River trail.
First 2.5 miles (river and ridge trail) is great workout and the other half(old carriage trail) is good cool down.
Overall great experience.

While visiting DC we came out to this location for some nature and walking and absolutely loved it. Breathtaking views, nice overlooks onto the waterfalls. We wish we could have had more time here. A nice park it attached to the trails too.

I’m not sure how much of this trail I was actually on and how much I improvised, but the entire park is gorgeous. There was a trail run on the day I visited so it was very packed, but I was still able to go off the trail and find quiet places to relax.

Great trail - easy but very family friendly with enough room for bikes, runners, dogs and people.

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3 months ago

If you're willing to trade a 4 mi RT walk to skip the fee and lines into Great Falls Park, this is your trick. It's a pretty stroll along the Potomac and gives you access to fishing if that's your thing, but this trail is simply my conduit to GF if I'm meeting up with someone without a park pass or if I anticipate crowds at the park gate. Not really a destination trail, in my opinion.

Fun trip, but a bit confusing narrow trail when you get down by the water. We had our 6yo with us, and although she was not a fan of the grade, once we found a spot to go by the river, she had lots of fun (catching frogs, skipping stones and paying in the water). The edge does not bring you to the Potomac but a few slower run offs - nice and peaceful and shaded areas. On the way back we stumbled on to a better marked trail, which made it easier. Also, did experience a random big tree cracking and falling about 150m in front of us - scared my dog and my kid - but thankfully no one got hurt. It was definitely an interesting experience. Wish the trails were better marked and less confusing.

we did the first two miles, and this trail was boring and low intensity. it was a roughly paved walking trail.

if you want to do this, I would suggest not starting from the boat launch.

also, don't go after a rain. there were 1 foot deep, 6 foot wide streams accross the trail.

One of the best. Varied terrain keeps it interesting. Traveling from Algonkian eastbound, terrain gets difficult after Trump Golf Course. Some inclines a bit difficult and definitely a scramble. River not always visible. Well kept except on the portion going through Trump Golf course.

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10 months ago

This was part of the entirety of the trail I did, which totaled just over 3 miles. Not my favorite trail, as not a lot to see, but did incorporate some gradual inclines to add a bit of challenge.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Nice easy hike. Saw a doe and its 2 fawns. The great falls overlook was amazing.

Amazing views! Excellent trails and the waterfall was a nice ending, just marvelously done!! GO!

not hard at all. plain view.

This is a beautiful, flat, well-maintained trail along the Potomac river. I'm sorry others have given a poor rating because it is easy-going; it's a great trail, just easy.

This is a flat trail, definitely not hard.

Beautiful day. Busy as it was Easter Sunday. Nice trail. Wear appropriate shoes! Dogs enjoyed it as well.

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

Nice Breeze and view of the Potomac. Pretty much flat sidewalks and dirt paths. Picnic tables throughout and some covered shelters. Don's Johns by the boat launch and soccer fields. Sheltered bathroom by shelter one but was locked. Dog friendly.

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Just starting out hiking again after a few years off.. This was a good trail to pick back up on. Not too hard yet still fun to complete. Ended up taking the Difficult Run Trail at the end and connecting back up with the Ridge Trail. I would recommend it!

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Friday, February 03, 2017

awesome and peaceful trials...loved the sound of the river

Sunday, November 27, 2016

awesome trials and scenery.

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Nice and easy ... some good harder parts ...

Easy trail. Great with dogs. A few places they can get in easy water.

Very nice trail I did run into a snake in a tree when I was walking back to my car on the green trail Not sure what kind of snake it was

Great trail with river crossings and steep rock steps. Culminates with great view of the Potomac.

Trails is getting more and more difficult as it's close to Chain Bridge, due to a lots of rock hopping and climbing. So make sure, get a good hiking shoe, great scenery of the Potomac river though. I do the loop thru the C&O canal back to George Town, Roosevetl Island for a total of ~ 8 miles.

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