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Patowmack Canal Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 2.7 (3)

A wide, smooth trail that passes all three falls overlooks and follows an old canal bed.


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1.3

Miles

2.1

KM

100%

Runnable

152' 46 m

High

138' 42 m

Low

4' 1 m

Up

17' 5 m

Down

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Avg Grade (0°)

2%

Max Grade (1°)

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

Description

This trail follows the remains of the historic Patowmack Canal, one of the first canals ever to be built in the United States. To run the entire trail, park in the upper parking lot and follow the trail towards the visitor center. This trail passes all three overlooks and continues through the picnic area before entering the woods again.

The canal locks and some of the Matildaville ruins can be viewed from this trail. Runners can pick up a brochure for the self-guided tour of the Canal at the visitor center. Sections of this trail can be muddy after it rains, especially in the Holding Basin. Help protect this piece of American history by not climbing on the ruins.

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Brian Smith

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  2.7 from 3 votes

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  2.7 from 3 votes
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Great Falls panorama
Dec 28, 2014 near Great F…, VA
Great Falls is truly a magnificent place to hike or run.
Dec 28, 2014 near Great F…, VA
The rocky, cliff-top nature of River Trail.
Dec 28, 2014 near Great F…, VA
Great Falls.
Feb 3, 2016 near Great F…, VA
Great Falls Park Visitor Center
Dec 28, 2014 near Great F…, VA
Great Falls Overlook is a worthy destination in itself.
Mar 23, 2017 near Great F…, VA

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