Photo Tour of DC's Spectacular Landmark Great Falls

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    Great Falls Photos (Images of DC's Spectacular Landmark)

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    Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Great Falls Park, an 800-acre park located along the Potomac River, is one of the most spectacular natural landmarks in the Washington DC metropolitan area. The park is accessible from Maryland and Northern Virginia and is a popular destination for hiking, kayaking and picnicking. More than 150 different species of birds can be seen at the park including whitetail deer, fox, box turtles, squirrels, coyotes, bats, and chipmunks.

    Great Falls Park is one of the most scenic places in the region. Enjoy the following photos and get a glimpse of the park.

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    Great Falls Photos

    Photo by Rachel Cooper

    Great Falls cascade into several 20-foot waterfalls displaying the steepest fall line rapids of any eastern river.

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    Mather Gorge at Great Falls

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    Photo © National Park Service

    The Mather Gorge is the narrowest section of the Potomac River. Great Falls is one of the most scenic spots in the Washington, DC area.

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    Great Falls (Potomac River Waterfalls)

    Photo by Rachel Cooper

    Great Falls is a natural landmark along the Potomac River in McLean, Virginia, near Washington, DC

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    Great Falls Scenery

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    Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Great Falls is a great place to visit and to view the spectacular scenery. You can view Great Falls from three observation areas.

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    Great Falls Kayaking

    Rachel Cooper

    Great Falls is a popular yet challenging place to kayak. Beginners paddle in a calmer section of the Potomac River. For details, see a guide to Kayaking in Washington DC.

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    Great Falls Rock Climbing

    Photo By Rachel Cooper

    Great Falls is known as a good place for outdoor rock climbing. Climbing centers in the Washington DC area lead excursions climbing at Great Falls.

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    Great Falls Views

    Photo by Rachel Cooper

    Great Falls is a beautiful park and a "must see" attraction in the Washington, DC area.