Great Falls National Park


The National Park Service says it best:

At Great Falls, the Potomac River builds up speed and force as it falls over a series of steep, jagged rocks and flows through the narrow Mather Gorge. The Patowmack Canal offers a glimpse into the early history of this country. Great Falls Park has many opportunities to explore history and nature, all in a beautiful 800-acre park only 15 miles from the Nation’s Capital.

If you visit Washington, DC or live in the area, be sure to spend some time at the falls.  You can see them from either the Maryland or the Virginia side. They are impressive year around and if you go to the Virginia side, you can hike and explore as well.



How did those guys get down into that water?


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11 thoughts on “Great Falls National Park

  1. I have been to Great Falls many times in my 25 years in the Washington area, but I want to go again soon. Your post is great inspiration! Love your photos! 🙂

  2. These are amazing pix. I raised my kids (for 20 years) in Loundoun County, VA and we visited Great Falls frequently. I was trying to recall when the incredible flood/hurricane in the 70’s was and then saw the pic. We went to see the damage after Agnes, in ’72 and it was incredible. It seems like yesterday. Thanks for posting; it’s like a walk down memory lane in Virginia, while I sit here in London 🙂

  3. Nice pictures….I’ve been to the Maryland side a few times and always enjoyed it. I understand some say the Virginia side is better? I hope it doesn’t stay closed down for too long from the shutdown….

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