Great Falls National Park is a beautiful area that spans both the Virginia and Maryland sides of the Potomac River.
My first visit to Great Falls was in 2012 but I only got to explore the north part. This time I explored the south portion of the park and the weather was glorious. There were a bunch of, what I later found out were, turkey vultures circling overhead searching for a tasty meal. I also spotted 4 Great Blue Herons. One of which was in a stream that ran next one of the trails. It didn’t seem to mind that I followed along as it stalked tiny fish in the water.
The park has a lot of hiking trails, climbing, and is a popular place for whitewater kayaking. The rapids in the park area range from Class II to Class VI (extreme).
Safety Tip: Do not swim here. Although the danger presented by the falls and rapids are painfully obvious, there are a lot of signs posted and warnings everywhere. Sadly, people still disregard the warnings and drown.
Entrance to the park is $5.00 per vehicle or $3.00 if you walk-in. On the Virginia side, it’d be a long walk in because there’s no parking on the one road leading to the park.
Look at how high flood waters have risen! This is nuts. I’m 6’4″ and the 1972 marker is just about 6-feet…plus the distance from the river.