9200 Old Dominion Dr, McLean, VA
** This is a great hike for all hiking levels! **
Entrance Fee: $10 per vehicle. Recommend bringing cash because their credit card machine was down last time we visited.
Description: We will start at the Visitor Center and stop at all three overlooks to view the gorgeous falls. We will then follow the River Trail which offers spectacular views of the Potomac and Mather Gorge - this trail can be very uneven in places and may require some rock scrambling. We will then follow the Ridge Trail over to the Old Carriage Road Trail to return to the Visitor Center.
Clothing/Gear: Since it will be winter time, please dress in layers and avoid wearing cotton since it wicks away your body heat if it gets wet. Hat, gloves, sunglasses, hiking poles. Here is an excellent article about layering clothes - https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/layering-basics.html.
Distance: 3.4 miles
Total Duration: 2 – 4 hours
Pace: 2 miles per hour
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate. The trail can be very rocky in sections.
On-Leash: Dogs must be on a leash the entire hike - leash no longer than 6 feet long.
Water: There is no water on this hike, so please bring enough for both you and your dog (recommend at least 2 liters).
Food: A snack/lunch for the trail is always a good idea for both you and your dog.
Weather: I will cancel the day before if there is a strong chance of rain or thunderstorms.
RSVP Policy: There are sometimes people on the waiting list, so please update your RSVP as soon as you know you can't make it.
Park website: http://www.nps.gov/grfa/index.htm