8 Fun hikes in Great Falls, Virginia

  • Jennifer Halm
  • 07/19/21

Looking for a fun hike that is perfect for a  sunny day adventure, and relaxation? We listed some of the great spots to hike in Great Falls! 
Scroll below to check the best places to add to your Family Bucket List of Adventures!

 

1. Great Falls Park

Location: Great Falls Park, 9200 Old Dominion Dr, McLean, VA 22102

Looking for a perfect picnic area with a spectacular view of the falls? Great Falls Park is perfect for you! A fun hike available for all ages to enjoy amazing sceneries,
and enjoy the fresh air surrounding trees, and nature! The overlooks are right off the trail. People of all ages were enjoying the sights. And Plenty of picnic tables for lunch and they even had a food truck. Perfect place for a family day out.

 

2. Seneca Park

Location:  101-149 Seneca Rd Great Falls, VA 22066

Great park for hiking, horseback riding, and enjoying hikes along streams and some of the sidearms of the Potomac River. Scenic year-round. Perfect spot for family bonding under a great sunny sky, so many activities to enjoy, and it is a kid-friendly spot! Plus it also offers a serene, mildly challenging trail network for the horseback riders, and a challenging fishing experience a series of churning rapids paced with flowing pools of deeper water unfolds, creating a truly unique fishing experience.

 

3. Riverbend Park

Location: 8700 Potomac Hills St Great Falls, VA 22066

Looking for a baby-friendly hike, which offers a manageable trail with the baby carrier? This is the gem you are looking for! An amazing spot for the whole family to relax in, and have a fun exercise while being shown with a scenic view of the falls, and there are picnic areas with grills, a large boathouse, visitor center, restrooms, Adirondack chairs, docks, and trails along the river. The main draw is taking the Riverbend path along the water which eventually leads to Great Falls National Park.

 

4. Fraser Preserve

Location: 239 Springvale Rd, Great Falls, VA 22066

Great place to go with FRIENDLY dogs - several parts for off-leash, and on the other parts should be on leash for the safety of our fur friends that can detour to the Potomac for them to swim, and also features beautiful wildflowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, bird watching, and is accessible year-round. A must-visit fun hike with the Family! 

 

5. Bootlegger Trail 

Location: Bootlegger Trail, Great Falls, VA 22066

Kid-friendly fun hike route that will definitely be enjoyed by all ages! And the best part of this is its features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail, definitely should be listed on your bucket list when visiting Great Falls for a fun hike with the Family!

 

6. Difficult Run Stream Valley Park

Location: 1105 Hobnail Ct, Great Falls, VA 22066

Hidden gem of a hiking trail, a perfect spot for enjoying a great sunny day! The path is mostly covered by trees so you get to enjoy the weather without the beating sun, plus an amazing view to enjoy under the trees with a smooth breeze to relax in! You will always come back for more amazing experiences! Difficult Run Trail is a 15.8 kilometer that features a waterfall and is rated as a moderate hike. The trail also offers an accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

 

7. Riverbend Nature Center

Location: 8700-8814 Jeffery Rd, Great Falls, VA 22066

Looking for a fun hike for a perfect sunny day in Great Falls? This is the place you are looking for! Enjoy a beautiful walk along the Virginia side of the Potomac River, and the area known as Great Falls. Most of the trails are easy to moderate, but with a fast pace, you can still get a good workout. Lots of scenic overlooks of the river, and the falls. You will definitely come back for a more amazing nature experience! And the best part is, it's just a 1.5 miles walk to Great Falls. Easy access to the river here too if you want to take a canoe/kayak out. Clean toilets and a small information center selling a different selection of refreshments.

 

8. Old Carriage Road at Great Falls Park

Location: Old Carriage Rd Great Falls, VA 22102

This is a spectacular hiking trail one of the best multi-use hiking trails in Great Falls. It is one of the easiest trails to navigate for even inexperienced hikers, plus it is a historic trail that is often used for horseback riding, stroller walks, and biking that is perfect for the Family. The path becomes a bit more hilly and steep toward the southern end, making that point better for hiking than biking. 

 

 

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