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.

I enjoyed this trail, and definitely improved my stamina coming up the big incline from the waterfall. The heartbreaking part of this trail is all of the trash that people have left behind. Next time I go, I'll take a trash bag with me to clean up a bit.

Some side trails are harder then others so beware ! But soo beautiful

Unfortunately the people that frequent this location have trashed the place. This trail has so much potential to be amazing and beautiful, but the smell of sewage, trash littering the creek, and young teenagers smoking, drinking, and taking up space at the waterfall is an unfortunate eye sore for those that want to enjoy nature. Luckily, someone called the authorities yesterday, and hopefully that’ll instigate some change. I will definitely go back next time, not for the joy of being there, but to clean up the mess left behind by ungrateful individuals.

hiking
5 days ago

Great trail with lots of shade. I’d rate it on the tougher side of moderate but, by no means hard. There are several spots where you need to cross shallow streams but, nothing crazy. We did this trail with my three kids (15,13 and 9) and dog and was a thumbs up for all. Also, there was very little people traffic at the time. Sunday of Father’s Day which I thought would be busy. Definitely worth a try.

Great short hike. On a beautiful summer Sunday morning, it was easy to park at the trailhead at 8:00am. When I returned at 9:30, there was a queue for parking. The hike is mostly flat with a little elevation closer to the river. As others pointed out, it is a shame there is trash left behind from others at the falls. I preferred stubblefield falls overlook to sit down and enjoy food and reading. The ability to move in and out of different trails is a nice option. Definitely recommend for a short and easy hike.

Fun 4.6 mile trail. The swamp and ridge part of trail has a lot of tree cover and stays cooler even during summer days. The river side of the trail is rugged and can get hot due to comparatively less tree cover.

Good trail but you can easily add more distance by adding additional trails. The swamp trail is nice because I rarely see anyone else on it. It is perfect for avoiding all the crowds of the towpaths.

Not difficult and not fun in my opinion. The trail can go one way into an urban greenway along the Jerry Connelly cross country trail while the other gets you into Great Falls. If you don’t mind a few miles you can get into Great Falls without much effort. Parking is TERRIBLE and it is dangerous getting in and out of the parking area.

Easy hikes and lots of dogs. This is a busy place so get there early. Some river access for the dogs but be careful of the currents. Ticks are seen in the summer so remember to check you and your pets. I use this location for quick hike when I don’t want to drive far.

Nice quick hike, but difficult to find parking and he waterfall area had a lot of trash.

Easy scenic trail. Carry swim cloths :) there are no trash cans so be mindful to carry a bag for trash.
Unfortunately saw litter on the sides.

Nice trail but several down trees throughout. Was a bit challenging by the waterfall. Overall, good workout.

Lots of fun with my friend Nicole!

Um so the trail had some good views, but it was very easy to get lost. There were some steep areas that were kind of dangerous and it was very rocky. We also had some encounters with some snakes. It was scary. Definitely not kid friendly, but was worth the hike. Apart from the snakes, there was a really beautiful waterfall and it was sort of fun overall.

This is probably my favorite hike in Great Falls Park. A ton of diversity and enough mileage to make you feel like you accomplished something. It feels different with each season, so if you’re a local, try this trail year around. It also (for some reason) feels different clockwise vs. counterclockwise, so give that a go as well!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful spot, but pieces of the trail were washed out and there were several large downed trees blocking the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice route with the exception of the very dangerous crossing over Georgetown Pike. Take a look at that bend in the road — cars speed down around the bend and sometimes can’t see hikers until the last minute, or at least one hopes they see the hikers.

Excellent park to walk around, but there are plenty of bottles and plastics dirtying the place.

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.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful views but many downed trees. We couldn't make the full loop because we lost the trail at the waterfalls. It was impassable.

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
2 months 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
3 months 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.

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