Short Overlook Loop
ElevationAscent: 26' 8 m
Descent: -26' -8 m
High: 159' 48 m
Low: 140' 43 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (0°)
Max Grade: 2% (1°)
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“A short loop that features two of the park's biggest draws.”— Brian Smith
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. After passing a junction with River Trail, keep an eye out for a connector on the right that leads to the Matildaville Trail. Turn right, and right again onto Matildaville.
This wooded trail passes by the ruins of the old town of Matildaville, before continuing up the hill to the south end of the park. In the winter, there are limited views of Mather Gorge. There are numerous opportunities for birdwatching here. Follow Matildaville Trail back to the visitor's center.
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Land Manager: National Park Service - Great Falls National Park