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

This is one of my favorite trails because of all the little mini side trails throughout the loop. Dog friendly, family friendly, and once you get near the water it provides some fantastic views. Every time i go I just sort of pick and choose the trails as I pass them and it makes it seem like you've gone on a new hike each time. The only thing bad I can say about this hike is the area by the waterfall is very dirty and constantly has trash and broken glass. Also a bit smelly.

Great little park to explore. 10 dollar entrance fee but you do get it for 3 days. The waterfalls are amazing. It’s a must see.

This was such a pretty hike! it's not at all difficult. great place to take people.

Nice and easy local hike. The views of the waterfalls are pretty awesome.

hiking
17 days ago

Nice and challenging short hike with great views of the Potomac. There are a number of trees down that provide tiny scrambles if the attitude is right as opposed to obstacles. It definitely isn’t a safety concern. There are about 6 or so streams to cross, so exercise some caution. About a mile in there are a couple steep downs and ups, but hikers have left behind rope tied to trees which make it safer and more fun if you can spot the rope.

My only complaint is that you follow under neath and nearby the GW parkway, so there is a little noise and graffiti to deal with. But for a nice nearby hike, I recommend it

Great trail. Some rocky areas, very easy hike.

It’s a nice trail but dear lord does it smell like sewage.

Quick morning hike with great views. Easy for everyone. One or two spots are tricky due to down trees, and eroded trail.

Great trip with the dog a little hairy in some spots so be careful.

hiking
1 month ago

Due to work and timing, I was only able to make it from Colvin Mill to The Potomac, but it was a great first hike.
The trail head is easy to find if you follow the directions provided to you when you open them in google maps.

on Turkey Run Trail

1 month ago

Nice hike! Sure seemed like a lot more than 3.2 miles!

Several areas were blocked (I’m assuming because of recent storms) but this trail was fun for my girls! Not a trail for younger kids or strollers....some areas are quite close to rock cliffs. The trails were a little difficult to navigate in some areas but blue paint on the trees helped us to stay on track. The app was also a great guide tool.

hiking
1 month ago

Enjoyable on a nice day, but really not that difficult. On a sunny day, it is some nice afternoon exercise. Photos are better in the afternoon with the sun at your back.

hiking
2 months ago

The trail head is actually really easy to find, and you park in a gravel lot right next to the trailhead. Don't go through the housing development...walk towards the trailhead. It is the CCT (Gerry Connolly Cross Country Trail) that starts from the parking lot.
This trail has a diverse set of terrain to cover and a good mix of flat and climbs. 2 river crossings (big boulders and pillons to walk on while crossing). Gets pretty busy near the Great Falls Area--pretty empty on the stick part of the lollipop loop.

I went on this trail as a brand-new-to-Great-Falls person and was expecting a walking trail. The River Trail is DEFINITELY a hiking trail that requires frequent use of your hands for navigating hills and over rocks, and includes very steep inclines that will leave inexperienced hikers (like myself) out of breath and physically strained. You will spend most of your time looking at the ground to watch your footing and very little time enjoying the beautiful scenery around you. Early March 2018, there were downed trees on the trail that were difficult to pass without being extremely nimble. A wet patch of mud on a slope caused me to tumble; I cut my palm on a rock trying to break my fall. I do not recommend this trail after any amount of rain. I cut this trail short and took a shortcut over to the Old Carriage Trail, which can be classified as a walking trail... very smooth and only slight inclines.

This park was listed as an Audubon Hotspot for birding year-round but we hardly saw any birds at all (early March). We saw the most birds near the parking lot (and just common birds). Disappointing.

Offers relative serenity and beauty a stones throw from DC. It doesn’t quite live up to nearby Great Falls, but is a worthy alternative.

sweet place to hike..

This was a much better hike than I expected it to be. I’ve been to Great Falls Park a number of times to look at the falls but wasn’t aware that there was a loop with some elevation and rocky parts and more challenge than I expected. It was also beautiful - a warm winter mid-week day with few people and great views through the bare trees. I highly recommend it for a good hike close to downtown DC.

Nice easy trail. But quite busy.

amazing as good as it gets beautiful waterfalls

Love the views & walking along the frozen Potomac!

Couldn’t find the trail... drove all the way to the starting point instructed by the app and it ended up taking me to a Cul-de-sac. I felt too weird just leaving my car in a random neighborhood and walking through some random person’s yard to get to the trail. I wish there was a parking lot or a more public starting point. I tried looking for the park that the maps and google maps app said was in the area but it once again the apps took me to a gated community and dead end cup-de-sac

a word of caution the trailhead is not clearly marked and if you did like us you'll end up walking into the Housing Development I am sure the homeowners are tired of this they should put up their own sign saying not the trailhead is to the right following the water pumping station it looks wrong as you walk through the wire fences once on the Trail Follow The Horseshoe or Horse Trail instead of the Gerry Connolly Trail if you want to stay near the water's edge and a better walking surface it will take awhile to get to the Great Falls so my suggestion is skip this whole event and just go to the Great Falls Park.

WTF? where is the trail? I'm in big housing development!

Lots of unmarked trail intersections. Very easy hike.

Great place for dogs!

hiking
5 months ago

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