Great Falls National Park

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6
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Intermediate

Fire Road
7.3
avg mph
54
ridden
29
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0:50
avg time

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AVERAGE RATING
3.27 out of 5
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added by getonthetrail Trailblazer on December 22, 2003
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The trail does not pose much technical difficulty but offers some GREAT views! If you are a nature lover and want to have a moderate ride this is the place. The trail does have some climbs and a few rocky areas. I've ridden this trail when dry and in snow. The snow provided a better workout and I could enjoy the views. I would ride this trail again.
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Siethon1 on August 15, 2014
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Review: THIS PARK IS AWESOME!, IF you know where to bike. Which is not on the main trail. Instantly, the beginer trail becomes a black diamond trail. You will have to go find the trail your self however...

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BPWussykat on August 10, 2014
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Review: This is a beautiful multi-use trail system but not really so much an MTB trail. You can expect it to be crowded near trailheads and won't typically find other riders out there. Trails are OK and I would say good for a easy / recovery / scenic pull. You simply can't turn it on here as you never know if / when you're going to come up on that family with the kids and dogs in tow. I've hiked / run / ridden Difficult Run, Great Falls and Riverbend - good for a quick fix, but there are better places to RIDE if you need to get your grind on.

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Jim Muth on May 2, 2014
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Review: I just rode this after hiking most of it last fall. It's an enjoyable ride since I didn't see but 5 people in the outlying areas. The parking is no longer valid. The best place to park is along Georgetown Pike at Difficult Run. Parallel the road to get to the gravel service road or if you are venturous under the bridge and follow Difficult Run to Ridge Trail. Be ready to carry your bike though as there are big rocks and a sizable washout. I'd recommend taking the gravel road do out and back on Ridge Trail. The view is worth it.

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theUfan on March 21, 2011
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Review: This is one of my favorites for nostagic reasons but the ride is fun but not great. Nothing extreme or special that will set this place apart. just some overall good riding.

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luv2mtb on July 1, 2010
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Review: The lack of knowlege evident in the other reviews is what makes this park so great-the good trails aren't crowded cuz no-one knows how to find them. There are also some great trails over towards Riverbend park.

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John Fisch on November 23, 2008
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Review: There is some very cool scenery here. Unfortunately, what's under your knobbies is what's most important and that's just not worth recommending. The only good climb is on dirt road, as is almost all this ride. There are a few rocks, but nothing to get excited over. Bottom line, the climbs are a bit much for a newby and the lack of technicality will deter most better riders. This one barely gets a 2.

* Review edited 11/23/2008

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ploughman on July 8, 2008
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Review: This is a great trail if you wanna just get out. Being fairly new at riding, the hills are great for some endurance but once you reach the top there is a great payoff on the trail. Just a fun ride with ups and downs. there is a little bit of the assigned trail that makes you get on the local road. but its for only 500 feet or so.

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KT on September 21, 2007
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Review: Great Falls does have singletrack!! The total ride is about 6.8 miles (loop). It begins through the park and past the restrooms. You then climb a steep, long hill on Old Carriage Road. There is some nice singletrack that runs along Difficult Run which is part of the loop. I found the ride fun but difficult to follow as it is not well marked. Check out the Falcon Guide to riding in the DC/Baltimore area for directions on this ride.

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Guest on December 28, 2005
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Review: Great Falls doesn't have much to offer as far as true, legal singletrack, but it's not far from access to Riverbend, which does have some decent, intermediate level singletrack. There you will find winding singletrack trails, series of small drops, logs, and some cardio inducing climbs. A good ride if you combine the Riverbend and Great Falls networks. To get to the Riverbend trail system, follow the gravel fireroad from the parking lot nearest the information center up the hill, and you will encouter the singletrack trails to Riverbend maybe three quarters to a mile up the fireroad. Start looking for the trailhead (not super well marked, but you'll know it when you see it) as you begin to pa**ome residences on your left. Very posh homes up there.

Similar Trail: Great Falls is pretty simple itself. Beginner friendly, except for the climbs. If you're not in shape, you may be getting off to push, even on the doubletrack. Riverbend, close to Great Falls on the VA side provides some true, mid-Atlantic, intermedi

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h2ojunky on October 3, 2005
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Review: Nice trail, but not at all technical. Riding along the C&O is nice, and is a good workout if you see how fast you can get to Georgetown and back!

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kltbo on November 2, 2004
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Review: Good trail for beginners and families. Doubletrack and when i went very loose gravel. Good starting point to get to the Cross County Trail though.

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Guest on June 28, 2004
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Review: This is a nice park but the trail is a forest road not singletrack. They have lots of singletrack trails but not for bikes.

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Guest on December 23, 2003
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Review: Do you know if it is legal to ride the trails there? I'm not aware of any legal singletrack riding at Great Falls. Just wondering - the hiking there is great, especially on the Maryland side.

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Great Falls National Park MTB Trail 3.27 out of 5 based on 13 ratings. 13 user reviews.
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  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
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  • Pump Track
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  • Winter Fat Biking
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