Gold Mine Loop (1.6 Mi) is a hiking trail in Potomac, Maryland. It is within Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park. It is 1.6 miles long and begins at 338 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 234 feet.
Gold Mine Loop (1.6 Mi) Professional Reviews and Guides
"Tucked in the meandering, wooded hills of the sprawling yet understated multimillion-dollar estates of Great Falls, just outside Washington, D.C., is the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park. Home to the already famous C&O Canal Towpath, the Great Falls section of the park also hosts this unique rail-trail circuit.
When you return to the beginning of the loop, take the path back to the visitor center and explore the rest of the park. Don’t miss the nearby Great Falls overlook, which provides stunning views of the waterfall that separates the upper and lower Potomac River. Pick up a trail map at the ranger station to find directions to the overlook."
--Various Authors, Rail-Trails Mid-Atlantic (Wilderness Press).
"The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park and Great Falls Park in Virginia boast many great family-friendly hikes along the Potomac River."
--Jennifer Chambers , Best Hikes with Kids: Washington, DC, the Beltway & Beyond (The Mountaineers Books).
"Showing the quieter side of Great Falls, a portion of this winding, woodsy trail travels along an old trolley bed. Farther in the forest await teetering mining shacks dating back to the 1800s, when this land was alive with gold prospectors. Surface: Natural."
--Barbara A. Noe, Rails To Trails: Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia (The Globe Pequot Press).
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