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River Trail

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Length

1.3 Miles 2.1 Kilometers

96%

Runnable

Elevation

41' 13 m

Ascent

-157' -48 m

Descent

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

259' 79 m

High

116' 35 m

Low

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

Brian Smith

Overview

Features: Birding — River/Creek — Views — Waterfall — Wildflowers — Wildlife [Add/Remove]
Dogs: Leashed

Runner Notes [Suggest Changes]

This trail includes a lot of rock scrambling, which can make for added fun or frustration, depending on your running style.

Description [Suggest Changes]

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 [Suggest Changes]

Vultures and great blue herons are common sights.

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Jun 12, 2018
Carl L
Tough rocky terrain. 2miles out 2 miles back on River Trail from Visitors Center 4mi

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  4.3 from 9 votes

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