Hike on the VA side of Great Falls Park & Great Falls Tavern

UPDATE:

Weather prediction is 50 and sunny on Saturday!

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Come do a short hike with us while the weather is nice!  We will walk fast to stay warm or skip along the trail if we have to. ;)

With its natural beauty, its history, and its absolutely awesome trails, Great Falls is easily the crown jewel of parks here in Northern VA!

This will be a moderate paced hike around 1 1/2 - 2 hrs.

We'll first trek along the Carriage Trail & Matilldaville trails then return along the fun River Trail which sits high above the Potomac River and overlooks the Mather Gorge. Awesome views!

The initial leg of the hike is relatively easy. But the hike will get more moderate as we progress (NOT as difficult as Billy Goat A).  And we'll progress to where Difficult Run meets the Potomac and then turn back. The second leg and our return route will take us along some rocky and narrow cliffs. Nothing too tough, more fun really!! Disclaimer: you hike at your own risk.....be careful here--you fall, you die...and the rest of us would have a pretty bad day. At the end of the hike before the visitors center we will stop at the overlook areas to get a good view of the falls. If you get split up from the group we will be meeting where we started for those who want to continue and have lunch.

How to get there: from the Beltway (I-495): take exit 44, Georgetown Pike/Route 193 west. Go 4.2 miles until you come to the intersection with Old Dominion Drive. At the traffic light, you'll see a sign for the park, make a right. Go about a mile down Old Dominion and then say hello to Ranger Rick! If you do not have a park pass it is a $5 entrance fee.

We'll meet outside the Visitor's Center

What to bring: yourself, hiking shoes, weather appropriate clothes, water, cool sunglasses, and 5.00 USD for the entrance fee.

Your furry friends and well behaved children are welcome on this trail.

After the hike, for those who want to, we will go to Great Falls Tavern for some lunch and cheer.

http://www.greatfallstavern.com/

If you have questions contact me via e-mail.

 

Note:  Please only rsvp if you can attend. Update your rsvp if you find you can't attend.

Don’t get discouraged if the event is listed as full. These events initially always fill up real fast. A lot of people who are on the RSVP list typically drop out either one week before, one day before, or the day of an event and a lot of spots open up.
Check back for an open spot if you want to join us. I don't do a waitlist as typically people on the waitlist do not show up when they are added close to the event.

Hope to see you on the trail!

Johanna

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  • Wei

    I enjoyed the hike a lot! Thanks Johanna for organizing it. Hope to see you guys soon!

    March 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great hike and friendly people. Good times! Thanks Johanna for organizing!

    1 · March 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    great hike !

    March 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great hike as always! Thanks, Johanna! And thanks to Rob who took charge of coordinating the restaurant tab!!!!

    1 · March 23, 2013

  • Rob

    Great time today. Thanks again.

    March 23, 2013

  • Asha

    Too cold. Sorry.

    March 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My car was hit this afternoon, so I do not mood for hiling. Sorry.

    March 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    a little too cold for me :( I'm definitely a summer girl lol have a great time everyone!

    March 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Well, if I needed another reason to hate my job, I just got called in for a 12 hour shift tomorrow, so it looks like I'm not going to be able to make this. Enjoy the great weather, I'll be moping indoors

    March 22, 2013

  • Tina

    would love to make it. I live in DC so no car. I'm assuming it's too far for metro to get me there? I am not an experienced hiker but want to enjoy the great outdoors more. Will I be ok on this hike?

    March 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      You will be fine.

      March 17, 2013

    • Jeannie

      Tina, I will be going and live in DC. let me know if you still need a ride

      March 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Since no one has contacted me about a ride, I will see you there!

    March 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Does good sport shoe works ... or it is difficult enough to require a hiking shoe :)

    March 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      You should be fine.

      March 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is the address 9200 Old Dominion Dr, McLean, VA22102? I need to enter to my GPS.

    March 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes

      March 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am coming from Richmond, can offer ride to 2 people if on the way...

    March 18, 2013

  • Sarah Faye P.

    wish i could attend. i teach tae bo until 10:15 in old town....

    March 18, 2013

  • Ankit B.

    Anyone heading to this from Tenleytown? My buddy and I could use a ride. Thanks

    March 18, 2013

  • Javed

    I am coming from Manassas and can offer a ride. I can even pickup at vienna metro

    March 18, 2013

  • Rahul S.

    This is my first time hiking trip. Can anybody please let me know where can I find good hiking shoes?

    March 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      You can try REI. This is the place where I get my outdoor stuff. It's fun to shop there.

      March 15, 2013

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