Great Falls Travel Guide

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    The old C&O Canal
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Great Falls Things to Do

  • The Billy Goat Trail

    This is a tough, potentially hazardous trail, with some spectacular views of Great Falls and the Potomac. Take your time; there's no need to rush. It's very difficult footing on this one.

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  • Great Falls Tavern

    In addition to your tickets for the boat ride, you can see the small museum, buy postcards, and other small items, and get information. During the early days, this was a busy tavern frequented by boatmen and travellers along the roads.

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  • Hiking the C&O Canal

    The trails along the old C&O Canal go on for miles. It's a scenic and pleasant hike, not too difficult. Along the way, keep an eye out for wildlife. Canada geese and turtles abound.

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  • C&O Canal Boat Ride

    In the 19th century, generations of people made their living plying these inland waterways. The canals were arteries of transportation, very important in the days before the railroads. Boats hauled all kinds of cargo.At the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal National Historic Park, one can still ride on an authentic canal boat, like the ones they had...

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  • Hiking and kayaking ...

    Great Falls is a great sping and summer place. During the spring season, the Potomac River brings some nice white waters for kayaking... and during spring, summer and fall, there are many hiking trails. It's beautiful.

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  • Listen to the water flow over the rocks

    The lands around Great Falls became a part of The National Parks Service in 1966. The parks service acquired 800 acres at Great Falls. Today its a beautiful location for picnics, hikes, and just a welcome escape from the politics and concrete of mid town Washington DC.

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  • Great Falls Museum

    There is a visitors center on the Maryland side of Great Falls. It has some displays, rest rooms, and souvineers. The visitors center on the Virginia has a documentary on the park that plays every ten minutes.

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  • National Park Rangers on Horseback

    The park rangers are very friendly and have a difficult job. The falls are very dangerous and there are several deaths here year from the rapids and the rock climbing. The day I visited it was very hot but the rangers were patient and allowed visitors to meet their horses and ask questions.

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  • Natural beauty and wildlife

    As you walk along the canal and the trails you will have the chance to see much wildlife. Its difficult to believe you are only about 18 miles from downtown Washington DC.

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