Hike on the VA side of Great Falls Park & Picnic

Come do a short hike (2 hrs max) 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.

REMINDER: As always, you hike at your own risk!

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 have a picnic on the picnic tables. Leave your food in the car in a cooler. We can stake out a spot after the hike.

This park has now adopted the carry out your own trash rule.  Bring a trash bag please.

I will bring cookies or something yummy to share!

 

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

 

CAN SOMEONE OFFER RIDES FROM A METRO STATION PLEASE?????

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Another great hike and picnic even with the little rain. Great meeting everyone.

    1 · April 28, 2013

  • Aqab

    A very good day out. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks to all of you for such good company. I'm sorry that I could not get to talk to everyone. But, hopefully, next time. Thanks again, and best wishes...

    1 · April 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you Johanna for this and many other wonderful events.
    And thank you Lowell for the fine picnic food.

    April 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great hike! I enjoyed meeting you all! And the picnic after was awesome! Time for a short nap before I am on to the next thing. :-) Have a great day everyone!

    2 · April 28, 2013

  • Gifford

    Long lines to get in. Has the group left yet?

    April 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry, there was no reception. Hope you were able to hike and enjoy the day.

      April 28, 2013

  • Jonathan B.

    Sorry guys.
    Have some school stuff going on so I wont come to this one.
    Have a nice hike :)

    April 28, 2013

  • Melissa G.

    This sounds like a lot of fun!!! What should I bring for the picnic? I am not an avid hiker but I should be able to keep up. Looking forward to meeting everyone!

    April 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd need a ride anywhere in the redline or near Montgomery county MD :)

    April 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      scott I just sent you a text

      April 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I didn't receive it, but I see that you can't make it today. See you next time!

      April 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I got injured yesterday on rebuilding together a volunteer event, I must rest my knee, I wanted to go to this cause I never been but will have to be next time :/

    April 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm currently stuck up in Baltimore helping a friend with her family emergency. Not sure I'll make it home and back out in time. So sorry!

    April 28, 2013

  • Rachel

    Actually, I will try another time – feels to last-minute! I'm encouraged that there were several general offers made for Metro rides in the last couple days, so I'll definitely give it a go later. In this case I made a different plan for tomorrow.

    April 28, 2013

  • Rachel

    I like this hike! Just tried to find the waitlist, and don't see it. I'm sending messages to a couple people to see last-minute about a ride. Huge bonus would be if someone was coming from the Takoma Park/Silver Spring area, because the Metro is so messed up this weekend, but I can definitely get to Northern Virginia stations.

    April 28, 2013

  • Sophia

    Looks like fun. If spots open let me know.

    April 26, 2013

    • Aqab

      I'm sure that if you ask the organizers, they'll let you attend.

      April 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      You can come

      April 27, 2013

  • Mary M.

    Duty calls, I am sorry I will mis this. Hope to connect during DC Embassy Tours

    April 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are people connecting offline and getting ride together?

    April 27, 2013

  • Aqab

    Hi, it would be great if I could get a lift from DC. I could meet anywhere downtown.

    April 25, 2013

  • Rosanna

    Ted, I will be not able to go, in case you reserved one spot in your car for me (as I asked). thank you!

    April 24, 2013

  • Rosanna

    Ted, I am interested but looks like there are not spots left so I can confirm my participation in the hike. I will check again to see if someone cancels, in the meantime, please reserve one spot in your car for me :-) , thank you

    April 22, 2013

    • Ted M.

      put yourself on the wait list - it should open up

      April 22, 2013

  • Ted M.

    I'm going, and live right near East Falls Church, and am happy to offer rides for up to 3 people. Message back here if interested.

    April 22, 2013

  • Aqab

    Love to attend. I'm new to DC, and the US. So, it's a great way to meet new people. However, as I've only recently arrived, I don't have a car. But, I can go to any Metro.... That is, if anyone can offer me a ride. It'll be much appreciated. My number is:[masked] 5757. Call any time or text me... Thanks...

    April 21, 2013

  • Rosanna

    I would like to attend, anyone can offer me a ride? My closest metro station is Columbia Heights but I can go to another one.

    April 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Since it is unpredictable who will show, please bring a small lunch for yourself. If you want to bring something to share, that is very nice of you but not required!

    April 17, 2013

  • Julie

    Does anyone want to carpool from North Arlington?

    1 · April 16, 2013

    • Ted M.

      Where in N.A.? I'm in Falls Church, near East Falls Church station.

      April 16, 2013

    • Ted M.

      Oh, and I bought a Great Falls park pass a week or two ago.

      April 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Bringing my dog, is it ok?

    1 · April 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes

      April 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would everyone like to make the picnic a byo bbq? I am pretty sure there are grills. If not, I can bring one.

    April 16, 2013

  • Melissa G.

    This sounds like a lot of fun!!! What should I bring for the picnic? I am not an avid hiker but I should be able to keep up. Looking forward to meeting everyone!

    1 · April 15, 2013

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