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Mostly moderate with one difficult section. If you want a more gradual ascent go clockwise. Mix of forest and open areas. Some nice views. Bathrooms and gift shop at parking area. $5 entry fee. I went when very muddy. Had to use a hiking stick to keep from falling. Most of trail good footing but a few short sections very rocky. Trails very well marked and good trail guide available. Overall really enjoyed.

mountain biking
17 hours ago

A little hidden gem! I never knew this park was here. It’s about a 1.75 mile loop. It’s a great way get a quick challenging (for a novice like me) ride in. You drop in for a brief flat ride until you hit a dangerously steep curved drop to the trail. You’ll cross a windy bridge ( a great Eagle Scout Project) to the Trail. It has a rambling beginning with slight turns but primarily straight, slightly downhill. There is a short curve upward to a decent elevation change. Some rocks but still Trail. There is another nice stretch of flat riding to pick up speed and build endurance. The next section has multiple switchbacks through trees and along narrow paths. Finally you drop into an extremely fun dry creek bed and curl up and down the banks. Then you pop out at the Eagle Scout bridge and decide if you want to do it again. I love it.

Hiked it in mid-November, with a lot of leaves on the ground. That made it hard to follow the trail. Otherwise it’s a great trail and a great time to hike. There were no other people on the Meadow View Trail.

One of my favorite walks to do in the area. It’s a pretty trail and nice not having to pay the entrance fee at great falls.

Gets windy. Bring a jacket.

Did this trail on the way back after completing the River Trail. Flat and peaceful. Nice end to a long day.

So awesome! Can't believe it's only 30 min from DC. I went early as I usually do and there were not many people. I saw a guy out there in the raging waters kayaking and saw plenty of rock climbers but I was mostly alone save for a few early birders as well. The first half of this hike is very rocky, and can be made even rockier if you explore a little off trail to see the beautiful river cliff views. It's mostly flat as well, with no much uphill at all. The second half of the hike is where you get almost all of the elevation, it's more in the tree line and its seriously just straight up and down and turn around and do up and down again. Both parts of the hike were enjoyable and the views are spectacular. I did this hike because the Billy Goat trail is mostly closed save for one part, I'm happy I did it though and I will be back.

Easy trails most of which are paved

A short day hike. The best view was actually at the 3 overlooks.

trail running
5 days ago

The picture shown is not the backbone trail; it is the end of the Majestic Oak Trail. All the trails in the park off the Backbone Trail are super nice with great views of the water at the end. The main backbone trail is a less interesting connector that gets you to all the good stuff.

Nice trail with river views.

Enjoyed a crisp Sunday afternoon hike with my dog on leash. We both truly enjoyed it! Not very difficult and it was well marked. Serene view of the water for first half of the hike.

I've been around Claude Moore Park more than a couple times, and although it's mostly flat and winding with basic trails, it does have that "historic feeling" to it. It's nice and easy, perfect for new hikers and their families in the Loudoun area. Watch out, it can get muddy in some spots. They have the Heritage Farm Museum, and Claude Moore Recreation & Community Center of PRCS. (CMRCC). Drop by both of those if you have the chance.

I've been around Claude Moore Park more than a couple times, and although it's mostly flat and winding with basic trails, it does have that "historic feeling" to it. It's nice and easy, perfect for new hikers and their families in the Loudoun area. Watch out, it can get muddy in some spots. They have the Heritage Farm Museum, and Claude Moore Recreation & Community Center of PRCS. (CMRCC). Drop by both of those if you have the chance.

I've been around Claude Moore Park more than a couple times, and although it's mostly flat and winding with basic trails, it does have that "historic feeling" to it. It's nice and easy, perfect for new hikers and their families in the Loudoun area. Watch out, it can get muddy in some spots. They have the Heritage Farm Museum, and Claude Moore Recreation & Community Center of PRCS. (CMRCC). Drop by both of those if you have the chance.

I've been around Claude Moore Park more than a couple times, and although it's mostly flat and winding with basic trails, it does have that "historic feeling" to it. It's nice and easy, perfect for new hikers and their families in the Loudoun area. Watch out, it can get muddy in some spots. They have the Heritage Farm Museum, and Claude Moore Recreation & Community Center of PRCS. (CMRCC). Drop by both of those if you have the chance.

I've been around Claude Moore Park more than a couple times, and although it's mostly flat and winding with basic trails, it does have that "historic feeling" to it. It's nice and easy, perfect for new hikers and their families in the Loudoun area. Watch out, it can get muddy in some spots. They have the Heritage Farm Museum, and Claude Moore Recreation & Community Center of PRCS. (CMRCC). Drop by both of those if you have the chance.

I've been around Claude Moore Park more than a couple times, and although it's mostly flat and winding with basic trails, it does have that "historic feeling" to it. It's nice and easy, perfect for new hikers and their families in the Loudoun area. Watch out, it can get muddy in some spots. They have the Heritage Farm Museum, and Claude Moore Recreation & Community Center of PRCS. (CMRCC). Drop by both of those if you have the chance.

I've been around Claude Moore Park more than a couple times, and although it's mostly flat and winding with basic trails, it does have that "historic feeling" to it. It's nice and easy, perfect for new hikers and their families in the Loudoun area. Watch out, it can get muddy in some spots. They have the Heritage Farm Museum, and Claude Moore Recreation & Community Center of PRCS. (CMRCC). Drop by both of those if you have the chance.

This was our first time hiking in this area, and we found it to be very enjoyable. The "moderate" tag is accurate. There are a variety of blazed trails and we veered off the intended trail but found our way back to the parking lot. The fallen leaves obscured the trails but the blazes on the trees helped a lot.

I just started hiking and I thought this trail was great. I usually go on runs outside and thought I would give hiking a try. This was definitely a good choice to make for my first one. I’m in pretty good shape and thought the trail was pretty easy. There aren’t many steep hills to climb and is not rocky at all. Is only 2.6 miles, great for a good run, but a lot of leaves during the fall which makes it hard to see tree roots. Also, it can get muddy when it rains.

walking
9 days ago

We were back again for the weekend from NC, very popular trail, recommend to go pretty early when less crowded and more parking spots. My lab enjoyed the walked :)

hiking
9 days ago

Hiked it with my friend had a good time it is a great trail

hiking
9 days ago

Surprisingly beautiful section of the river in late fall great reflections in the water nice gentle cascades. Get off the trail and get a closer look if you can.

This trail has a sign that says for mountain bikes only no hiking allowed. Heed caution if you are trying to hike it. We went to hike it today and was disappointed that we weren’t allowed we hiked other areas in the park.

hiking
13 days ago

Loved it! Beautiful trail!

This trail was surprisingly fun with some decent incline and rock scrambles. Crowds are no joke but around the middle it was very thinned out (spent about 20 minutes just waiting to get to the gate of the park... then had to follow someone leaving in order to park). Annual passes to great falls are 30$ so might be worth it for people who plan on coming back a couple times. GORGEOUS fall colors.

on Osmanthus Trail

15 days ago

Well kept peaceful nature walk

trail running
16 days ago

Very scenic 4.5 mile loop around lake. Mostly dirt trail with some paved. I found several places very muddy from earlier rainy weather. Trail should be better maintained in those areas.

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