Mid-Atlantic Hiking Groups 10th Anniversary Pre-Cookout Hike at Great Falls National Park! A Hike Along Difficult Run Rapids, the Potomac River, Mather Gorge, and to Enjoy Fantastic Views of Great Falls! An Easy-Side-of-Moderate 5 Miles
If you have never been to the Virginia side, or either side of Great Falls for that matter, this hike is a MUST have experience. If you have been there, then come back for another visit. The hike is not too much effort in turn for fantastic views! Do NOT forget your cameras for this one people!
Join us on a hike to celebrate Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group's 10th Anniversary! Today's hike takes us to sites where we will enjoy excellent views of Difficult Run Rapids, the Potomac River, and the majestic Great Falls. You will forget how close you are to civilization while traversing this stream valley trail that is reminiscent of Virginia's mountains. With fifty percent of the Difficult Run following the Potomac River at one of its most scenic spots, it’s easy to see why so many people consider this their favorite hike and a must for anyone who has not yet been.
Our hike plan takes us along Difficult Run stream to where it flows into the Potomac and along Mather Gorge, where the trail is rocky in parts and has a couple of hills to enjoy the breathtaking views of the falls and the gorge.
At the end of our hike, we are rewarded with the majestic and mighty falls. The falls consist of cascading rapids and several 20-foot waterfalls, with a total 76-foot drop in elevation over a distance of less than a mile. The Potomac River narrows from nearly 1000 feet, just above the falls, to between 60 and 100 feet wide as it rushes through Mather Gorge, a short distance below the falls. The Great Falls of the Potomac display the steepest and most spectacular fall line rapids of any eastern river.
Nearby City: McLean, VA
Length: About 5 Miles
Trail Surface: Dirt footpaths, riverside trails, hardwood forests,
Elev. Gain: 400 feet
Skill Level: Easy-Side-of-Moderate
$10.00 Per Vehicle Pass. Good for three consecutive days for one vehicle, including motorcycles, in Great Falls Park.
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This hike will be led at an average hikers pace, which is about 2.5 mph.
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Carpool Suggestions and Information
Note that you are responsible for knowing how to get from carpool locations to the venue. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is not responsible for transportation to and from events or carpools. Suggested carpool times and locations are provided as a courtesy because many members are either new to the area or unfamiliar with a particular hike or venues location. Please use the Comments section below, or reach out via e-mail to make arrangements for carpooling needs and offerings.
Baltimore Area Carpool Suggestion - Savage Station
To carpool or caravan from the Baltimore area, people can arrange to meet at Savage Station. Click Here for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Savage Station location.
If you can drive or want to carpool from any particular location, please post your offer to help those in need of a ride, and those looking for a ride, in the comment section below. Click Here for a list of suggested carpool locations, each complete with a physical address, GPS coordinates, driving directions and additional carpool information.
For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment — by just offering a ride!
Will Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group Be Offering its ‘Anniversary Cookout’ After Todays Hike?
Absolutely! We are pleased and excited to be hosting Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group's 10th Year Anniversary, Leadership Team and Member Appreciation Cookout! Please join us, however, note that you MUST Click Here to RSVP to Attend the FREE Mid-Atlantic Hiking Groups 10th Year Anniversary Cookout on its separate event page. Otherwise, I will not know how much food and supplies to purchase and prepare!
How and Where Do I RSVP to Attend Mid-Atlantic Hiking Groups FREE 10th Anniversary Cookout?
Directions to the Trailhead
Click Here for Directions to Where We Meet for Our 10th Anniversary Hike
Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 8:45-8:55 a.m.
The Hike is at 9:00 a.m.
Carpool meetup time from Savage is 8:15 a.m.
Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group (MAHG) values fellowship, camaraderie and practicing good hike etiquette and Leave No Trace principles. As a member-focused and mission-driven charitable organization, our hikes are led by generous, dedicated, and qualified MAHG members who volunteer as hike leaders for MAHG's leadership team. Hikes also have a volunteer “sweeper”, to help ensure that no hiker is left behind. Our volunteers and members are very supportive, encouraging, and always focus on safety, all while enjoying excellent camaraderie, the many health benefits of hiking, and unplugging from the stress of day to day life. Sharing what we know and learning from each other is an important part of our core values, as is our dedication to the conservation of our natural resources and our commitment to the organization's mission. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a volunteer supported tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity, and donations ARE tax deductible. Tax ID: [masked].
A Well-Mannered, Leashed Fido is Welcome on this Hike!
Let’s have fun out on the trails and see you there
Addition Members of The Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group Volunteer Leadership Team!
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Like to hike, like to photograph
Love the outdoors,sharing knowlage and hikes.
I have never been lost, but I will admit to being confused for several weeks. Daniel Boone
Life's a journey not a race; I'm a hiker not a runner. I lead at a moderate pace.
I am a proud member of the Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group leadership team.
Having a blast hiking and discovering new sites. Excited to hike Scotland this April.
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Hi, I'm Deb Cunningham. I enjoy hiking and the outdoors.
Jeremy, from Harrisburg PA, love challenging hikes and being out in nature
Enjoy walking/hiking and yoga! Would like to make some friends!
I'm eager to meet everyone. I live in Ellicott City, MD and love the outdoors.
I am a scientist and enjoy international culture.
I would like to go on hikes with other people.
I am an avid hiker, with a preference for longer, scenic, and challenging hikes.
Looking forward to hiking.
Love nature, love people, love life!
Love outdoor exercise, with old friends and new.
Avid hiker always looking for new trails and steep climbs.
I thoroughly enjoy the great outdoors and look forward to meeting you out on the trail!
I love the outdoors and want to find new places in the area to hike.
I'm just a hiking fool, who loves the journey and enjoys sharing that journey with others.
After going on 2-3 hikes a week for the last year, I'm undeniably addicted.
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Hi, I'm Steve. I'm a retired Firefighter. I got into hiking with my daughters and now I'm hooked.
I live in Arlington and I love being on the trail when I can!
Turned 50 and gone part-time.
Hi, I look forward to future hikes w/this group ~
Looking forward to some great hikes...
I would like to enjoy more hiking opportunities in the area
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Additional notes: Please note that this special event is non-refundable and non-transferable, period. Visit midatlantichikinggroup.org to learn MAHG's story and mission. Click 'Pages' tab for policy info & more. MAHG is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity - Tax ID 47-5141831
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