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Great Falls Overlooks (Great Falls Park, VA)

It must have come as a surprise to early pioneers in the area northwest of present-day Washington, DC—where the Potomac River is mostly calm, wide, and still—to find a sudden, powerful plunge impassable by boat. Owing to a geomorphologic break … Continue reading

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Great Falls Loop, including Difficult Run Trail (Great Falls Park, VA)

Most outdoor types in the Washington, DC area will know the famously rugged Billy Goat Trail on the Maryland side of Great Falls. Across the river, however, is an equally—if not more—scintillating loop hike around Virginia’s Great Falls Park, featuring … Continue reading

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Billy Goat Trail – Section A (Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park, MD)

Many Washington, DC residents will know the Billy Goat Trail of Great Falls, Maryland; despite having three parts—Sections A, B, and C—the first is by far the most popular and iconic. While teeming with visitors on a nice summer day, … Continue reading

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