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Great Falls Overlooks Out and Back

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 3.0 (1) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

An easy trail from Riverbend Park along the river into Great Falls Park, visiting all three falls overlooks.

J H

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3.8

Miles

6.1

KM

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Runnable

169' 51 m

High

143' 44 m

Low

45' 14 m

Up

45' 14 m

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2%

Max Grade (1°)

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Features River/Creek · Waterfall · Wildflowers

Overview

If you want a nice run along the river but find the Great Falls lot full (or just don't want to pay to join the tourists), it easy to start from Riverbend Park instead and run down to the three overlooks. Plenty of room on the trail for a family outing.

Need to Know

Free parking at Riverbend Park.

Description

This run takes care of the main reason to go to Great Falls Park -- see the falls -- without actually driving into the Great Falls Park. An enjoyable alternative in its own right, Riverbend Park has a boat ramp, picnic facilities, and its own trail system. But today the main reason for visiting was to get a nice run in, avoid the more crowded Great Falls parking area, and see the Falls just downstream.

Down and back, no loop. The run along the river was a little muddy after the previous night's rain, but easily passable on the wide trail. Mostly dirt and stones, there is one stretch of about a hundred yards with a lot of small rocks near the point where the trail enters Great Falls Park. Otherwise it's easy running down to the Great Falls visitor center and the three overlooks.

Flora & Fauna

Lots of signs along the trail mention "rare plants", but I'm not knowledgeable enough know what to look for.

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Great Falls is truly a magnificent place to hike or run.
Dec 28, 2014 near Great F…, VA
Looking at Great Falls from the edge of the overlook.
Feb 3, 2016 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
View across the aqueduct dam from Riverbend Park towards the falls.
Apr 30, 2016 near Great F…, VA

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