Gold Mine Loop 16 Mi

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park, Maryland 20715

Distance1.6mi
Elevation Gain234ft
Trailhead Elevation338ft
Top352ft
Elevation Min/Max231/352ft
Elevation Start/End338/337ft

Gold Mine Loop 16 Mi

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. This trail connects with the following: Anglers Spur (0.5 Mi), Valley Trail (0.6 Mi), Woodland Trail (0.7 Mi), Lock 16 Spur (0.3 Mi), Rockwood Spur (0.5 Mi), Vfw Spur (0.1 Mi) and Falls Road Spur.

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."

"The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park and Great Falls Park in Virginia boast many great family-friendly hikes along the Potomac River."

"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."

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Trail Information

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park
Nearby City
Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park
Parks
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
Surface
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park (charges a fee)
Local Contacts
Available at the visitor center and on the park’s website
Local Maps