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

Easy hike it’s a bit too close to roads and civilization for a true hike. The trail is very well kept.

23 days ago

Easy trail, fun to see a cascade falls.

1 month ago

While not necessarily jaw-dropping, this is a very pretty short hike. Note: when you get to the river, cross the water and turn left. The real waterfall is still a quarter mile or so upstream!

Enjoyable, hiked part of it with my friends and our dogs. Everyone had fun, water is good to cool off in

Nice 2 mile trail that leads to a pretty cool small water fall. It was great for my 2 Goldenretrievers and one of them is just a pup. The only reason I gave it 4 stars is that the end of the trail was blocked with trees and there was no getting around them.

saw Mr Beaver when creek was frozen.
started from lot E.

5 months ago

lucky to have this park near our home.
love creek

5 months ago

Lovely hike (did the South Valley Trail to the North Valley Trail out and back). Several opportunities to cross the stream on logs which was fun. Would rate easy not moderate, but definitely enjoyable.

Hiked this about a year ago. Very easy. Bonus-Geocache along the way.

9 months ago

On the park map this is called the Quantico Cascades Trail. Park in lot E. At the end of the trail it is definitely cascades - no waterfall - but still beautiful! Easy hike with 3 year old, 5 year old, and dog.

Nice little trail. Park in lot E and then the trail head is well marked then follow the yellow blazes. There is limited parking, maybe 8 spots. The parking area faces an open area with picnic tables so you can lunch before or after your walk. The hike itself is pretty, woods with old growth trees. The cascades are maybe more of a river with rocks but sit and listen to them for awhile before heading back. The are small but beautiful. Somewhat steep right at the end so you can get your heart-rate up a bit. Nice little hike for some quiet forest time.

trail running
11 months ago

Sunday, May 21, 2017

This was a good trail and the scenery was beautiful. The recent rains improved the falls with the cool weather was perfect. Did more than just the falls trail.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Great trails, definitely need a map to help navigate. 7mi was perfect n easy here

trail running
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

I was able to run this trail while visiting family back east this last February. I was a bit disappointed with the falls, but it was the end of winter. Still, I had an enjoyable time, and only saw a handful of people. Was great getting away from the hustle and bustle of Northern VA, and being on the trails is always so much better than being on the roads any day! Considering the location, this is still a really enjoyable outing.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

A nice quiet walk for a warm January day. Beaver is building a dam across the creek at the end of the trail. He came out to say hello while I sat and ate lunch.

For a longer out and back, park at the Turkey Run Education Center and combine the Mary Bird Branch Trail (0.5 mi one way) with this trail.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Not much a destination when the water is low and be careful for snakes! Overall decent hike

Sunday, September 11, 2016

It is a fun trail, not very strenuous, and runs along the South Fork of Quantico Creek for long stretches. There are numerous different loops, longer or shorter that can be made with the various trails in the park. Great park for the closeness to D.C. **Check the Prince William Forest Park map of trails from the park -- the map here is Not correct**

Thursday, August 25, 2016

It was really good. I thought there would be more falls, but very beautiful. Changed my perspective on hiking in Virginia.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Quick and easy! Slight incline on the way back up from Quantico Creek but otherwise mostly wide and level.

on Chopawamsic Trail

Monday, May 02, 2016

Secluded trail with a nice two mile or so loop. Not overly difficult, but enjoyable. 8 Primitive camping sites to choose from for those wanting to spend the night. Each site offers something a little different in terms of views, size and distance off of main trail. If you're looking to get away and be in a secluded area, this is definitely a good spot. If you're looking to put in miles before camping, and be able to do more hiking, this may not be the spot for you. Overall, because of the seclusion and ability to do backcountry camping, I give this trail / site 4 stars.

Saturday, April 02, 2016

Nice trail, wide most if the way then a bit more narrow going down to the falls. Nice place to skip rocks and look at stream life with little ones at the bottom. It is a bit steep going back so people were carrying their smaller more portly pups, but otherwise a decent trail for kids, adults and dogs. Nice views!

Friday, March 25, 2016

Way more to this trial, but if your looking for a fun (easy) scenic trail to do after work or on the weekend when you only have a few hours, than this is the trail to go to. Ample parking at the start as well as along the first stretch of scenic drive allow flexibility and the network connecting other trails is very nice and easy.

cross country skiing
Sunday, January 10, 2016

When added with some of the other trails in Potomac National Forest, it makes for a good hike.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Long run along a steady creek. Good paced trail for high tempo

trail running
Sunday, July 19, 2015

I've run this trail both day/night and wet/dry. From EAST to WEST it runs from the bridge on Pyrite Mine Rd in a NW direction for 3.5mi to the bridge at Burma Rd. 90% of this trail follows the contour of the Quantico Creek and is single track, non-technical. Mostly level elevation with approx 4-5 moderate hill ascents. Trail marking is okay, but can be confusing without a trail map. Lots of exposed tree roots and some muddy portions that cannot be easily bypassed. Some buggy parts, but not as much as you'd expect so close to the creek. A highly recommended easy trail run during dry conditions. Avoid after heavy rains, because trail becomes very slick on the ups and downs.

trail running
Sunday, July 19, 2015

The whole trail system in PW Forest is the best I've experienced on East Coast. All trails and facilities are maintained daily. Restrooms and/or fixed water points are positioned every 3 miles, so you are never more than an hours walk from resupply or emergency aid. SVT is my favorite of the trails, because it's the longest and and has best terrain and scenery. Slightly technical at mid-way parts along the creek, and very narrow single track. Just a great, usually uncrowded trail to run any day if you live nearby.

trail running
Saturday, March 21, 2015

This guy is off the "beaten path" and secluded, but it provides a short well-balanced trail with a few small hills. Trail is still maintained, marked, and has some neat paths through the brush. There is a port-o-potty at the parking lot for you civilized folk. Also provides a cool view of the Breckenridge Reservoir were you could spend a day of fishing if you find a way down the ridge-line.

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Did this trail in the Fall - awesome foliage. the trails goes along one of the creeks and right past a small waterfall.

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Finding a nice quiet trail
Just minutes from home is a big plus. We came in from Rt. 234 through the travel trailer park, hooked up with North Valley Trail off Burma Road and went to the Pyrite Mine for a total off around 10 miles. Very little traffic and this on the 4th of July weekend. Very pleasant hike with nice wooded views.

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