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River Trail

 4.4 (10)

Length


1.3 Miles 2.1 Kilometers


41' 13 m

Ascent

-157' -48 m

Descent

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

259' 79 m

High

116' 35 m

Low

Shared By Brian Smith

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A rocky trail that traverses the bluff along the Virginia side of the Potomac in GFNP.

Brian Smith

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

From the southern junction with Ridge Trail, this trail descends very steeply before following the Potomac River for approximately 1.5 miles, along the tops of the cliffs. In some areas, this trail runs right next to the edge of the cliff, offering spectacular views of the Potomac and Mather Gorge. Cliff heights range from 25-75 feet.

Some rock scrambling is required, especially in the section between the Canal Cut and Cow Hoof Rock. This trail can be hazardous in wet weather. Lichen, sand, and grit on the rocky areas and cliff edges make footing treacherous. Use care in these areas. Sections of this trail near the vernal ponds will flood after a heavy rain and can become icy in the winter.

Flora & Fauna

Vultures and great blue herons are common sights.

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Oct 14, 2018
Yichen Xu
1.5mi
Jun 24, 2018
John Hilton
Mar 4, 2018
Mark Toner
Jan 13, 2018
Michelle Anne
Oct 30, 2017
Annie Del
Oct 2, 2017
Kelly Grace
Fun with your pet :)
May 21, 2017
Melanie Jennings
3.2mi
Apr 14, 2017
Dave P
Very nice hike. Well maintained trails and well worn. Busy

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  4.4 from 10 votes

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  4.4 from 10 votes
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