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“Stunning after a storm” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Great Falls National Park

Great Falls National Park
9200 Old Dominion Drive, McLean, VA 22102
703-285-2965
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Ranked #1 of 15 Attractions in McLean
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: National Parks, Bodies of water, Nature & Parks
Activities: People-watching, White-water rafting
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Owner description: An 800 acre park located just off the Potomac river.
Washington DC
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“Stunning after a storm”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

The first thing to say about Great Falls is that the best view is from the walkway on the Maryland side; the Virginia side is straight off the car park and has good disability access. But the Maryland side (just west of Potomac Village) is more atmospheric. You can walk down the C&O Canal, surveyed by George Washington in 18th century, past two locks, to a wooden walkway and series of bridges which take you right out to the edge of the Potomac as it falls over 150 feet to delta level. It is particularly stunning after a heavy rain, as the Potomac picks up water from Maryland and Pennsylvania. At my recent visit after Hurricane Sandy, the water levels were the hightest I'd ever seen and had completely swept over the island in the middle of the river. Even two days later, the footbridges were thrumming with the current.

Visited October 2012
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“Pretty place. Nice to walk around.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

Nice for an afternoon stroll and taking photographs. Nothing rigorous, just a pretty afternoon visit which anyone would enjoy.

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Arlington VA
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“Get the map and explore!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

The ruined houses next to the old canal are great as are the ruined locks going down to the river. The Matildaville trail is nicely quiet and surprisingly untrafficed.

Visited September 2012
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“We live in DC area; and we go here often. Great views. Great hiking.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

If you're lookig for a day hike, head here. The waterfall views are great, and the hiking trail, which is along the potomac, is great + family friendly. You can walk for as little as 20 minutes, or as much as a few hours. Up to you when to turn around and head back. The trail is easy enough for kids, as well.

Visited October 2012
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Montgomery Village, Maryland
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“Nature”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

You might not realize you are in the US when you visit but from water falls to high hills and mountains and lakes; all are avalible. It is great for hiking, or driving through. I do not recommend canoing because of the shallowness of the river plus it is quite rocky. It is a great place for a picnic or cook out

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