Great Falls National Park

3.27 out of 5
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Fire Road
↑ 300 ft
↓ 200 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
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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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: why is it rated intermediate? -Geoff Doyle

A: Don't know, it really is a beginner trail. Nothing too difficult here, except a couple of uphill climbs depending on which way you're riding.

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Reviews (13)

Bunny Hop

August 15, 2014
Siethon1 Bunny Hop  
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...

Granny Gear

August 10, 2014
BPWussykat Granny Gear  
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.

Granny Gear

May 2, 2014
Jim Muth Granny Gear  
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 The parking is no longer valid.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.


March 21, 2011
theUfan Epic  
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.


July 1, 2010
luv2mtb Trailblazer  
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.


November 23, 2008
John Fisch Epic  
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

Granny Gear

July 8, 2008
ploughman Granny Gear  
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.

Granny Gear

September 21, 2007
KT Granny Gear  
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.

December 29, 2005
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

Granny Gear

October 3, 2005
h2ojunky Granny Gear  
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!

Great Falls National Park MTB Trail 3.27 out of 5 based on 13 ratings. 13 user reviews.
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