Day Hike Along The Potomac

Great Falls
9200 Old Dominion Drive, McLean, VA

A day hike along the Potomac River.

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Great Falls is an 800-acre, National Park Service owned site in Fairfax County, Virginia.

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The falls represent the transition zone “fall line” of where the Potomac River passes from the piedmont and onto the coastal plain into Washington, DC.

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U.S. Park Police helicopter passes by. We were hoping that is was not because they had a report of a park visitor having fallen into the winter, fast flowing water.

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The park has dozens of overlooks and an extensive trail system. Spring time botany is awesome at this park.

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The D’Asto family, less Tony who had to work today, stand by a sign on the high rock bluffs that documents various high water marks from famous out-of-bank storm events, such as Hurricane Agnus and David. We surmised that Mather Gorge is a pinch-point, and the back-water can cause high bank flooding from the massive Potomac watershed that extends into New York.

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Background: Mark, Nick, Gina, Jennifer and Tom. Foreground: Mark and Jeb.

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Mather Gorge (the rock wall palisades), downstream of Great Falls.

Nice way to spend the afternoon, and just think, this site is less than 40-minutes away from Howard County.

Thank you to the D’Asto’s for coming along!

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