The walk starts at the Difficult Run Park parking lot
on Georgetown Pike east of Old Dominion Drive. Take the trail on the east
side of the parking lot with Georgetown Pike on your left.
- After a short distance you will pass an informal path
leading to the Old Carriage Road. The path is separated from Georgetown
Pike by a guardrail. It is necessary to climb over that guardrail should
you wish to use that path. For this walk we will continue straight on the
Difficult Run trail as it follows the stream.
- The trail goes under a bridge carrying Georgetown Pike
over Difficult Run.
- After passing under the bridge take any path to the
left up a short hill. This will take you to a service road that follows
the stream to the Potomac River.
- Steps on the right lead down to Difficult Run. Continue
straight on the present trail.
- A wide trail intercepts from the left. Continue past
this trail for the present in order to walk down to the stream connection
with the Potomac River.
- The trail ends at the Potomac River. After viewing
the scenery turn around and retrace your steps back up the hill.
- A wide trail intercepts from the right. Turn right
and follow the trail for a short distance up the hill.
- The trail ends at the Ridge Trail. Turn left to follow
- A picnic table appears on the right overlooking the
river. Continue straight on the present trail.
- The River Trail intercepts from the right. Continue
to the left on the present trail.
- A sign indicates a junction with the Old Carriage Road.
Turn left to walk down some steps to that road. On the other side climb
the path up the hill to continue on the Ridge Trail. The trail to the right
provides a grade connection to the Old Carriage Road leading down to the
- The trail goes down a short hill and a fence can be
seen along the right. Turn left at the intersecting trail and follow it
down the hill.
- This is a view of the informal trail. It is easy to
follow and provides a good connection to the Difficult Run parking area.
- The trail stops at Georgetown Pike. The parking area
is on the other side of the road.
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