Go on a hike to Great Falls, a beautiful natural landmark located along the Potomac River.
Watch the Potomac cascade over rocks to form 20-foot waterfalls, creating the steepest fall line rapids of any river on the Eastern Seaboard. The park is 800 acres and part of the National Parks Service.
Enter the park from the Maryland side in the C&O Canal National Historic Park and park at the Great Falls Tavern Visitors Center. Check out the falls from the Aqueduct Observation Deck or further south on the Olmstead Island Bridges before picking up the Billy Goat Trail at lock 16. Follow this 1.4-mile trail before looping back to the parking lot or continue further down the trail through section C (1.6 miles).
For families with older children who aren’t afraid to scramble over a rock or two, the Billy Goat Trail offers panoramic glimpses of some of the most awe-inspiring scenery in the Washington area.
Check out our article to find more cool hikes to Maryland waterfalls.
C&O Canal National Historic Park Hours: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday; closed Mondays and Tuesdays
Cost: $5 per vehicle