Great Falls Park
from Bob Cantor's National Parks Photo Gallery
Great Falls Park was at one time officially called Great Falls National Park. It's still run by the National Park Service, but is now just Great Falls Park on the Virginia side and is part of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historic Park on the Maryland side. My Northern Virginia Dayhikes page has more information on visiting the park.

Virginia side
Great Falls as seen from one of the main overlooks. All of the overlooks on the Virginia side are an easy stroll from the parking area.
One of three main channels through the Falls.
A fine display of fall colors upstream from the falls.
And still more fall colors, this time seen looking up-river from one of the main overlooks.
The falls on a misty morning.
Great Falls is an excellent spot for viewing spring wildflowers. Here are some Dutchman's Breeches on the river trail.

Maryland side
The Billy Goat Trail is a moderately strenuous 4 mile loop through some of the finest scenery in the mid-Atlantic area.
A lock on the C&O Canal just before the start of the Billy Goat Trail. The 184-mile canal is all part of the National Historic Park. A towpath runs the entire length of it and the sections near DC get heavy use by hikers, bikers, birders and joggers.
The upper falls seen from the overlook at the end of a scenic 10 minute walk from the parking lot.
A Great Blue Heron comes in for a landing.
A view from the east tip of Sherwin Island. There are no maintained trails here, but you can walk to the island when the river is low.

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