Waterfall Wednesday: Great Falls, Md.

Ellen Matis

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Each week, Recreation News takes you to a new waterfall in the Mid-Atlantic. This week, see the Great Falls in Maryland.

State: Maryland

Location: On the Virginia/Maryland border

Height: 76 feet

The Great Falls are actually a series of cascades and rapids on a two-thirds of a mile stretch of the Potomac. The river drops about 76 feet over this distance. None of the individual falls exceeds a 20 foot drop.

How to get there:

The Maryland side of Great Falls is part of the C&O Canal National Historical Park. The street address for the Maryland side is: 11710 MacArthur Blvd., Potomac MD 20854 See a map here.

While you’re there:

A walk along the Potomac or through the woods on one of the park’s trails offers a glimpse into the natural scenery there. 

Most of the park’s 800 acres are forested. Throughout the year, over 150 different species of birds can be seen at Great Falls Park.

More information: http://ow.ly/TnTNt 

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