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Great Falls Maryland Hike

  • 04 Sep 2016
  • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Potomac, MD


  • Join us for a leisurely walk along the C & O Canal Towpath to Olmsted Island to take in the Great Falls.

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Great Falls is one of the most spectacular vistas on the East Coast if not the whole country, and it's right here in our back yard. Here's how the National Park Service describes the Great Falls of the Potomac:

The falls consist of cascading rapids and several 20 foot waterfalls, with a total 76 foot drop in elevation over a distance of less than a mile.

The Potomac River narrows from nearly 1000 feet, just above the falls, to between 60 and 100 feet wide as it rushes through Mather Gorge, a short distance below the falls. The Great Falls of the Potomac display the steepest and most spectacular fall line rapids of any eastern river.

We’ll meet at the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center and walk along the C&O Canal Towpath about 4-5 miles including, of course, out to Olmsted Island to watch the always stunning Great Falls. We’ll have a picnic after our walk.

This free event is open to members and non-members of Women Outdoors. Non-members are invited to join us on two events. The third time's the charm: we'll ask you to join Women Outdoors at that point. You can also join now by clicking on this Join Us link.

Registration closes on Friday, Sept. 2. Please include a telephone number in case we need to let you know about last minute changes or if we need to cancel because of the weather.


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