Great Falls Park: Difficult Run Trail

Great Falls Park: Difficult Run Trail, Fairfax County, VA, USA

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In Short:9.1 mi.
Summary:Difficult Run Trail is a 9.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near McLean, Virginia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Variety is the word to describe this hike. Descend to Difficult Run and follow it as it winds to the Potomac River. Enjoy the cool water in summer or view the unusual ice formations in winter. After a short, steep climb to the ridge, follow the rim of Mather Gorge towards Great Falls - a channel believed to be 180 million years old. Pass by remains of Matildaville, named by Lighthourse Harry Lee in honor of his wife, and the Potowmack Canal, planned by George Washington and operated for 26 years before being bought out by the Chesapeake and Ohio Co. and abandoned. Follow the trail as it winds along to Great Falls Park, with overlooks of the falls, and then within a few minutes the Swamp Trail where wild flowers and wildlife abound.
Activities:horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking.
Location:Outlet, Great Falls, VA 22066
Length/Surface:9.1 miles The trail below is about 9.12 miles in length.
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Created with Page last updated: January 08, 2018.