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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 Nations Capital.

Great Hike and great views!

First time hiker! Although, a very challenging hike, the views were breathtaking!

Really crowded, but worth the trip! Took my 6 yr old daughter and she loved it. need to do the entire loop next time.

Great trail with a lot of views. Way too many people to make enjoyable for a personal hike. Beautiful landscape

Billy Goat A is always great. Fun and views.

Great hike to the falls! Amazing views. The trails are well marked and well preserved.

Love this trail- section B and C is great for dogs when it isn't crowded

16 days ago

25 days ago

Start off in parking lot. Quickly looks over the main viewing areas. Then head down the path closest to the river. Lots of fun rock and cliff climbing. A mobile dog can handle most of the path.

30 days ago

Great hike along the river. Fun cliffs to climb on. Not well suited for most dogs.

30 days ago

Popular, go early. Arrive before 8:30 am if u want a quiet trail and good parking on the weekend. Hiking boots recommended but not necessary. Went on a Late Sept. saturday morning at 8:15 from the middle of the trail. It took two 30 year old semi-fit women 2 hours to do part A (1.7 miles). Up and down and rocky. Another hour to see the outlook of the Great Falls was nice, too but its probably not that 'Great' if you've seen other places.

Fun day hike! The falls were larger than I thought. Very impressive to see how high the water has been in the past.

it was my first time and I was pleasantly surprised. breathtaking views, challenging terrain, you can borrow bikes for the day as well which I thought was super cool! this will become a regular for me for sure!