Great Falls and the Potomac River Gorge

“The Great Falls of the Potomac River is the most spectacular landscape feature of the Washington metropolitan area, and it has influenced the lives and fortunes of man in the Potomac Valley for centuries. For countless generations of Indians it was a place to gather, to trade, and to fish. For the early settlers it was a barrier to river navigation, an obstacle that canal builders struggled to overcome. For the past 100 years the river above the falls has been the principal source of water for the city of Washington.”
__The River & The Rocks

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“The parks do not belong to one state or to one section…. The Yosemite, the Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon are national properties in which every citizen has a vested interest; they belong as much to the man of Massachusetts, of Michigan, of Florida, as they do to the people of California, of Wyoming, and of Arizona.”

“Who will gainsay that the parks contain the highest potentialities of national pride, national contentment, and national health? A visit inspires love of country; begets contentment; engenders pride of possession; contains the antidote for national restlessness…. He is a better citizen with a keener appreciation of the privilege of living here who has toured the national parks.”
___ Stephen T. Mather, NPS Director, 1917-1929:

Oh Great Falls! Stunning You Are in HDR!

Great Falls Park

Summer invites us to escape the heat and enjoy our beautiful natural falls, lakes, oceans beauty of Creation as well as discover our natural resources and support our national landmarks.  One of our favorite places is the incredible Great Falls & Mater Gorge in Virginia.  It is amazing to photograph and always something spectacular to see whether it is the falls and their ever-changing colors, the backdrop of the sky and the reflections of the sun on the water and rocks, watching people as the climb or better yet, as they kayak the falls.  A wonderful place for a romantic or family outing.  Come and see and bring your camera!

“At Great Falls, the Potomac River builds up speed and force as it falls over a series of steep, jagged rocks and flows through the narrow Mather Gorge. The Patowmack Canal offers a glimpse into the early history of this country. Great Falls Park has many opportunities to explore history and nature, all in a beautiful 800-acre park only 15 miles from the Nation’s Capital.

Visit Great Falls Park website.