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Level: Intermediate
Length: 6 mi (9.7 km)
Surface: Fire Road
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +187/ -153 ft
Total: 83 riders

Mountain Biking Great Falls National Park

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#75 of 300 mountain bike trails in Virginia
#2,796 in the world

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.

First added by getonthetrail on Dec 22, 2003. Last updated Apr 30, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From I-495 exit 13 northwest of McLean take Route 193 (Georgetown Pike) west towards Great Falls. Go about four miles, then turn right on Old Dominion Drive, which becomes the park entrance. You will see signs for Difficult Run trail and parking on your left. You can park here for free or continue about 1 mile to the park entrance a pay a fee.

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Overgrown (on Jun 30, 2018)
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Rider questions

Q: why is it rated intermediate?
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.