"Great Falls of the Potomac" Great Falls by chewy3326

Great Falls Travel Guide: 25 reviews and 46 photos

Great Falls is one of the least known attractions of the Washington DC metro area to visitors, and even we've never visited Great Falls. After doing some hiking in the area, I think "Great" does apply to this waterfall. Okay, it's not Niagara Falls or some giant western waterfall, but for the Mid-Atlantic Region, this is some pretty good scenery (You ever wonder how weird it is how many travel guides don't include Virginia as a Mid-Atlantic States, but alot of Virginians do?).

Great Falls is one of the few pockets of wilderness in this urban environment. Along with the falls, Mather Gorge on the Potomac River make up the best scenery in the area. It doesn't really seem possible that cliffs and waterfalls and narrow gorges can be found 15 minutes from the nation's capital.

I've visited the Virginia side of Great Falls Park twice: once in December 2005 and once in October 2006. The contrasts between the visits is startling; one season, the scene seems somewhat bleak, while the other season, everything is vibrant and alive.

  • Last visit to Great Falls: Oct 2006
  • Intro Updated Jan 24, 2007
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  • littlesam1's Profile Photo
    Jul 14, 2006 at 11:59 AM

    I have lived in the area most of my life and was not aware of Great Falls until just recently. I was there two weeks ago and took lots of pictures and built a VT page. Your page is excellent.

  • RafaelTheSecond's Profile Photo
    Jun 10, 2006 at 7:21 AM

    I really love to feel the power of nature, and for sure, USA has a lot to offer, now tell me, are the potomac waters clean???

  • VeronicaG's Profile Photo
    Apr 30, 2006 at 4:25 PM

    What a great place--awesome!

  • evona's Profile Photo
    Mar 17, 2006 at 11:14 AM

    Nice page and great pics :)

  • tini58de's Profile Photo
    Feb 20, 2006 at 10:18 PM

    stunning nature! Thanks for sharing this gem with us!

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    Feb 16, 2006 at 12:52 PM

    awesome..thats my kind of travel too, great outdoors. tks for sharing

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    Jan 30, 2006 at 7:54 AM

    A very unique spot located on the final approach to Reagan National. Nice to see it from ground level:-]


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