Difficult Run Trail

Great Falls Park, Virginia

Elevation Gain330ft
Trailhead Elevation155ft
Elevation Min/Max70/179ft
Elevation Start/End155/155ft

Difficult Run Trail

Difficult Run Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Great Falls, Virginia. It is within Great Falls Park and Great Falls National Park. It is 0.8 miles long and begins at 155 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 330 feet. This trail connects with the following: Ridge Trail and Cct.

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Best Hikes with Kids: Washington, DC, the Beltway & Beyond (The Mountaineers Books)
Jennifer Chambers
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"The Difficult Run and Ridge Trail loop is located in the southern section of Great Falls Park. You could park at the Main Visitor Center and hike this loop, but that would be an 8-mile loop via the River, Ridge, Difficult Run, and Matildaville or Old Carriage Road trails." Read more
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC (Menasha Ridge Press)
Renee Sklarew and Rachel Cooper
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"Difficult Run Stream Valley Trail follows the dramatic, fast-moving Difficult Run stream until it joins the Potomac River. The National Park Service maintains the well-marked trail with blazes and signage. Expect elevations over 300 feet with rocky, steep, and challenging sections of trail, plus extraordinary views of Mather Gorge, climbers scaling cliffs, and visitors exploring the riverbanks. Difficult Run stream is a 15.9-mile-long tributary that ends at the Potomac River’s Great Falls Park. Populated by runners, hikers, dog walkers, and families, this relatively difficult trail (maybe that’s how it got its name) was originally developed as a road used by the American Indians and later by colonists." Read more

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Trail Information

Great Falls Park
Nearby City
Great Falls National Park
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Additional Use
703-757-3103, nps.gov/grfa
Local Contacts
National Park Service, tinyurl.com/greatfallsmap
Local Maps