Great Falls Park in Virginia is nothing short of sheer beauty and is only 15 miles from Washington, D.C. This hidden gem is actually 800 acres full of nature trails and the best view of the falls can easily be seen down a short walk of just a few minutes. While visiting the DC area I happened to see the name “Great Falls” on the map and after looking up the area I KNEW we had to make a stop there. They DO participate in the Junior Ranger Program which was top on my kid’s list too.
We only walked to the closer observation areas since we were short on time, it was insanely hot out (98*) and we had a stroller with us. Although it’s a fun open place to take a picnic to there are NO trash cans so you’ll have to carry any trash out and there is a concession on site. Next to the bathrooms and concession stand is also a fabulous water bottle filling area and even a dog water bowl area!
Even from a distance the falls are just absolutely breathtaking. I really wish we’d been able to hike down closer somehow. I was amazed at how powerful the Potomac River was.
And WAIT – WHAT?!?!
As I was taking photos I could NOT believe what I saw – a kayaker fighting her way near the base of the falls! At first I was terrified for her as I thought she was truly in a dangerous position and found myself holding my breath gripping the side. Turns out she must have been extremely experienced and knew what she was doing because she made her way over to a side crevice and climbed right up it with her kayak in tow! I was mesmerized!
This is one of my absolute favorite photos ever. The tiny little kayaker and the vast raging of the falls was certainly a moment I was fortunate to capture. I wish I knew who it was so I could send them a photo!
It’s equally as stunning in black and white!
I definitely would love to go back to Great Falls one day and explore the area further.