Great Falls Park: Veterans Day Hike with a Vet

Northern Virginia Hiking Club [NVHC] Meet Up

You must read the following and then answer the question that you will see when you RSVP with “I accept” to be permitted on the hike.

The park is free for Veterans Day.

This scenic 5 mile hike is like 3 different hikes rolled up into one. The hike starts out with stops at two overlooks to view the falls close-up and from a distance. Part 1 of the hike follows the Potomac River. We go up a hill to a large rocky outcropping called Cow Hoof Rock for a great view. Part 2 follows the mid-size stream called Difficult Run. We pass a small interesting waterfalls called “Rick’s Falls”. Part 3 we hike through the forested interior of the park. We come mostly downhill until we get to the swamp trail and that takes us to an interior road leading back to the Visitor’s Center.

Restrooms can be found at the Visitor’s Center at the start and end of the hike. We will be taking lunch break with a view of a Difficult Run waterfall (about 2/3 of the way into the hike).

Distance & Difficulty: 5 miles, flat/moderate hills, 1 big hill

Pace: 2.0-2.5 mph, the pace of an average hiker.

Dogs are permitted on this hike in accordance with the NVHC Dog Policy.

Leader: Rick Goulet 703-606-0706 (C) (Note: Cell service not great in Great Falls Park)

Northern Virginia Hiking Club (NVHC)

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Friday, November 11, 2022 at 10:00 AM to Friday, November 11, 2022 at 1:30 PM EST

Great Falls Park

9200 Old Dominion Dr · McLean, VA

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FRI, NOV 11 · 10:00 AM EST

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