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Intermediate/Difficult
 4.6 (36)

This is a great trail for someone who wants a challenge but doesn't want to travel too far from DC.


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Map Key

1.6

Miles

2.6

KM

Point to Point

137' 42 m

High

95' 29 m

Low

31' 10 m

Up

52' 16 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

2%

Max Grade (1°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

This trail can be entered from the east or west end. From the east, you would park at the Old Anglers Inn, cross the Canal, and travel west along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath approximately 0.5 miles to the entrance. From the west, park at the Great Falls Visitors Center and head east on the towpath until you reach the trailhead.

The trail itself is a challenging 1.7 miles along the Potomac River through rolling terrain with intermittent rock scramble areas.

Flora & Fauna

Frogs, tadpoles, turtles, spotted newts, and northern water snakes are common in this area.

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  4.6 from 36 votes

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Photos

Great Blue Heron closeup
Jul 9, 2015 near Potomac, MD
Potomac River MD side.
Jun 6, 2015 near unknown, unknown
Notice that the trail goes diagonally up this rock face.
Jan 21, 2020 near Great F…, VA
Potomac River MD side.
Jun 6, 2015 near unknown, unknown

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Jul 8, 2020
Court E
Jun 28, 2020
Alec Lynde
1.8mi — 2h 00m
Feb 25, 2020
Chris Ververis
Jan 1, 2020
Abbey Cantolina
1.7mi — 2h 30m
Oct 27, 2019
Nick Mariotti
6.2mi
Oct 20, 2019
Nick Mariotti
6.2mi
Oct 11, 2019
Kateryna Rewilak
1h 50m
Sep 7, 2019
Jonathan Wrieden