Great Falls Park is situated on both sides (Maryland and Virginia) of the Potomac River. We decided to visit the park on Sunday because I thought the mist from the falls would make us feel a bit cooler. Never mind that the river at the falls is about 200 feet below -- in a gorge carved out in over a million years.
The temperature when we arrived was a toasty 93°, the humidity high. The park was busy with picnicers and families all having the same idea we did. And although there were many, many people, at no time did we feel crowded. We walked in the shade where we could and although there was a slight breeze, we were not cooled by the mist as I had anticipated. Signs everywhere warned people to wear hats and drink plenty of water.
One of the first signs tells visitors about the three points overlooking the falls and rates them for proximity and view.
Three views of the falls....
Realizing we are looking down about 200 feet, this high water marker with the dates of the most significant floods impressed us! The over-looks are substantially to the left of this sign.
We then decided to walk the path along the Virginia-side, Patowmack Canal. The canal on the Maryland side -- connecting Cumberland, MD to Washington, DC is the famous B & O Canal.
We came across the home of a Hobbitt...
And after leaving, opted for the back roads through Leesburg and across the Potomac on White's Ferry -- a crossing that costs only $4.00 one way and takes all of five minutes, but an adventure nevertheless.
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