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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.

1 day ago

Apparently someone uploaded photos of the falls under this trail. This trail does not cross the canal so you are near the river. overall not a bad hike.

A great place to fish in hidden out of the way waters along the Billy Goat Trail. Some harder parts of the trail where you have to scramble up and down huge boulders so dragging fishing rods and packs can be difficult. Pack light and carry only the essentials. I brought my baitcastong rod one day and on another day I took my fly rod in the small tube it came in and i had an easier time hiking with the lighter load. The work you do carrying the load is rewarded by gorgeous views and clean waters where you most likely won't see another angler all day. Some bass and lots of huge carp if you know where to look. Make sure to bring plenty of water especially when it is hot since the rocks get even hotter while you hike as they absorb a lot of heat from the sun! Not a great place to be stuck without cool water. Also good hiking shoes are necessary as you will need them to balance on the boulders and protect your ankles!

Wonderful hike! Look up at the views, especially if you start on section A where they come up fast and are super grand. It's a shame IMO that the final stretch of "trail" ends with a very very long tow path, but hey, at least it's historical and there are a ton of turtles to count.

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3 days ago

Loved it!

Great spot to hike. Difficult because of the time where you need it scramble up and down the rocks but it's fun. There's also many spots to go off over some boulders for amazing views of the water. You almost forget your in the suburbs of the nation's capital!

Did this trail last summer, views are great, make sure you like rock scrambles because the whole trail is based off of that

Great trail! My dog loved it!!! He loves climbing on all the rocks and had a great time running through the beachy part of the water. Highly recommend. Awesome views.

Waterfalls, rivers, animals, and a moderately-highly difficult trail. some rock scrambling is expected.

The trail was harder than we expected but totally worth it! The view are incredible! Bring more water on a hot day.

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6 days ago

We really enjoyed this trail. The trail was challenging enough to make it fun for us (new hikers) but not so challenging we never want to hike again