The patowmack canal offers a glimpse into the early history of this country. It is located in george washington forest s glenwood and pedlar ranger district.
Robertson va approx 2 5 hour drive.
Virginia waterfalls near dc. The trailhead is placed at the upper parking lot. A destination for recreation 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. Crabtree falls is one of the best known waterfall hikes in virginia.
Falling springs waterfall covington. White oak canyon has one of the best waterfalls in shenandoah park. You can access this hike only a short distance from blue ridge parkway.
Cunningham falls is a 78 foot cascading waterfall in catoctin mountains just an hour outside of dc. Great falls park is a great place to go for a day trip and escape the hustle and bustle of the city. At various overlook points spread throughout the 800 acre park you can witness all of the vibrant fall colors from 50 foot cliffs overlooking the potomac river.
There s a swimming hole at the lower falls perfect for a cool down before the hike back up. The trail that leads to the falls accommodates all levels and can be done within four hours roundtrip. Only 15 miles away from d c.
The trail to crabtree falls is also one of our favorite hikes in virginia. These falls are considered to be the highest east of the mississippi and among the most beautiful in virginia. I come here often to explore various trails from the relatively flat gravel trail beside the cannal to the more rugged billy goat trail beware the rocks have been smoothed to the point of being a b.
Crabtree falls might be the highest waterfall east of the mississippi depending on how you measure a waterfall but there is no doubt that crabtree falls is the highest waterfall in virginia. One of the closest waterfalls to the city cascade falls in maryland is not to be confused with the similarly named cascades national in virginia which is worth a trip in its own right but is. Stretching from great falls virginia to potomac maryland great falls park has some of the most spectacular views in the region.
For longer trips there is a campground playgrounds picnic areas and a lake for swimming not far from the falls.