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Great Falls National Park
9200 Old Dominion Drive
Great Falls, Virginia
Voice: 703-285-2965

Great Falls National Park is located along the Potomac River at a section that includes the falls and Mather Gorge. The river builds up speed and force as it falls over a series of steep, jagged rocks and flows through a narrow gorge. The area is one of the country's most biologically diverse areas, home to more than 1400 plant species. At least 30 distinct natural vegetation communities have been identified by scientists. It provides habitat to more than 200 rare plant species. The geology is also greatly studied here. There are many unique rock formations in the natural structure of the gorge.

History buffs will enjoy walking the trail along George Washington's canal. Construction began in 1785 and was completed in 1802. They had to build locks that would raise boats 77 vertical feet. The canal system ended up only being used for 26 years. You can still see remnants of the canal today.

The park is a popular place for many to come and enjoy the nature that is surrounded by this large metropolitan area. There are plenty of trails to hike that are not long and easy to navigate. There are also lots of picnic areas, horseback trails, rock climbing, and areas to enjoy a family gathering.

KAT'S VIEW

There was lots of water coming down the falls. It had rained a lot the night before we went so the water was high. In the rocks separating the falls there were bushes growing. The trail was very scenic. It was a nice hike.



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