Great Falls Park - Trail, Great Falls/McLean, Virginia

Great Falls Park - Trail, Great Falls/McLean, Virginia

DESCRIPTION

The left side trails lead to Riverbend Park. These are all singletracks which are connected to each other. It's hard to get lost here. There are some hills, not too technical, just fun singletracks. The right side has fireroads and doubletracks. You are either going uphill or downhill. It's a fun ride unless you go on a weekend where there are just too many hikers and sometimes horses on the trail.

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 17, 2004]
gedmunds
Weekend Warrior

Not the greatest trail in the area, and was made worse by fairly heavy trail traffic. (This might have had something to do with Freeride's mom giving $10 "happy endings" in the parking lot.) Like GF native says, once you get off the beaten track, it's not bad, but there's much better around here.

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Difficult run

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
[Jul 14, 2003]
Roscoe
Weekend Warrior

There were some moderately challenging elevation gains here, but the trail system consisted of wide singletrack/double track that was not very exciting.

Customer Service

Park at the difficult run parking lot on the way in and save yourself some loot.

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Fountainhead Regional Park is enjoyable but not excessively challenging.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
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3
[Oct 16, 1998]
Steve

Most of this is fire roads, however there is some
neat single track along the Potomac between Great Falls
and Riverbend park. The fireroads are great for doin hills and working out. Hills can be steep in some areas. The single track is mostly flat.

Customer Service

Take 193 west till you cross over Difficult Run.
After a sharp turn, park you car in a parking lot
on the left side. Take the trail downstream Difficult
and ride down the trail about a mile. At the bottom,
take the steep trail to the TOP of the hill, lots of
trails there. You can also do it the easier way and
just park at Great Falls Park on the VA side. Go exploring. Also, on the north end of Great Falls parking lot you can go to Riverbend park via trails.
Take the service road at the end of the parking lot,
not the hiking trail, and you will end up at River Bend. Go exploring.

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You may want to try Scott's Run Park on 193, it is the first creek you pass before Difficult Run. Parking

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Oct 26, 1998]
Jason

The trail has a lot of double track, creeks, and roots. A couple of tough climbs but there's always a quick down hill to reward your work. The trail is sloppy and needs work, so ride softly. Beware of hikers and an occationaly horse. The worst part of this trail is there are a lot of beginner riders, you'll recognize their clean, high-end bikes, and their lack of courtesy. The trail is a ton of fun, quick, wide open, and wet.

Customer Service

If this is the same trail I'm thinking of, I start in Reston. Take the Dulles Toll Road to Reston Pkwy. Reston Pkwy to Sunset Hills. I forget the name of the road you turn off on, I live close enought to ride to the trail, but if you look up the address of the Reston Ice Skating Rink you will park in their lot. The trail begins there, goes through Lake Fairfax Park, over Rt. 7 and towards Great Falls.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Nov 09, 1998]
Whit

It all depends on how much time you have, if you are trying to get a good ride after work from DC or inside the beltway and can't get there till 6:00-6:30, go directly to Great Falls Park, otherwise park in the difficult run parking lot and take the trail along the stream to the gravel fire road and then take the left up the hill to the ridge. This is a great warm up ride down to Great Falls Park and on to the singletrack. Go to the last lot and ride up the gated fire road. You will see a trail off to the right, that drops down to a downed tree and we have stacked up twigs and small logs and it is a great place to practice log crossing and jumping. After sessioning that, ride back out the trail to the fire road and continue left. you will pass a horse trail to your left and you will see a couple of nice houses to your left. the next trail to your right drops way down along a power line. Don't take that trail, take the next power line trail on the right. you take it right off the fire road and then it ducks left immediately into the woods and becomes minty. eventuall dumping you on a paved road, come down that road about 40 yards and pick the trail up again to the left. it climbs up through the forest, this will get you to all the interconnected trails back there. It is never crowded, their are log jumps, great swooping decents, technical climbs, creek crossings, you can ride all the way to river bend park and then it loops around, if you go to the lower parking lot, just past the boat launch, you will see an uphill trail back to the ridge and more sweet singletrack. There is all kinds of options in the park. There are many good places to ride in Northern VA, (like Fountainhead, Lake Fairfax, Reston to Difficult Run, the Lumberyard-what's up brian and steve, winchester, leesburg, blah blah blah, but none are so close and offer varied terrain, technical ups and downs, carvy twists and turns so friggin close to the beltway. I can be there in 15 minutes from my house in Arlington! That place rocks. And please if you are riding there, don't be a kook. Say hello to other riders, whoop and holler and just have fun or at least smile for crying out loud.

Customer Service

Difficult Run parking lot, to Great Falls Park-through parking lots and up gated fire road. duck into the trails to the right, ride to River Bend Park then back.

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Like I said, Fountainhead, Schaffer Farms, Downtown, DC -some killer stair rides and jumps along Constitution Ave, Gambrill, Whitetail kicks, Patapsco, South Mountain, just get out and ride.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Dec 05, 1998]
Tim Nielsen

Lotsa hikers and horses on the weekend that can slow your ride to a crawl. Mainly flat with the occasional minor hill climb. Like most places in VA, all the challenging trails are "off limits". This is a great trail network for beginner to intermediate, but the experienced biker will be quickly bored with the technical level. You can put together a loop into River Bend that is 10-15 miles long that is reasonably fun.

Customer Service

Start at the Georgetown Pike parking lot and loop back under the bridge into the park.

Similar Products Used:

Difficult Run - see review

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
[Mar 28, 1999]
Rogue

this trail isnt all that hard except for one REALLY long climb that isnt that steep but really long, it can be hard for those who aren't in the best of shape. the trail maintains a fairly large width all the way but that is good because when u get to the top, turn around and go back down w/o brakes, its great! all in all the trail is ok, good for some variety in ur biking. also if u bring a backpack bring a notebook or something and go down near the river, its a good place to sit around and relax. a great casual trail. (also they have some good rock climbing he he he)

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Difficult Run ~ not all that difficult but great at high speed. way too short though

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Apr 28, 1999]
Glenn

I'm sorry, but I've gotta give GF nothing less than a 4. No, it's not at all the most technical trail, but when you're like me and you get off at 6 PM, it's a great 11 mile after work workout. My buddy and I typically park at difficult run and ride into the park from there. Once we go through the park, we get on the Upland trail and follow that all the way out and back. The Upland trails a nice, smooth, winding single track. Not a lot of bumps, but fast and fun. As far as convenience goes, GF is definitely a 5 for locals.

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Elizabeth Furnace if my preferred trail that's somewhat close to home. Strong climb to start and get warmed up; fast and rough downhill to finish it up.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Jun 11, 1999]
MTB

I went there one night after the park was closed. This trail RULES at night. Pretty boring during the day.

Customer Service

Go at night!!

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
[Jul 10, 1999]
Paco

Good downhills, with a few tough climbs. A few good roots to jump. A good beginners trail. If you dig this and do well, go to wakefield.

Customer Service

downhill

Similar Products Used:

Fountainhead, and Wakefield. Fountainhead is much tougher than this one.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
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