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Great Falls Park


  • Type: Natural Environ
  • Travel Genus: Physical geography

A Destination for Recreation

At Great Falls, the Potomac River builds up speed and force as it falls over a series of steep, jagged rocks and flows through the narrow Mather Gorge. The Patowmack Canal offers a glimpse into the early history of this country. Great Falls Park has many opportunities to explore history and nature, all in a beautiful 800-acre park only 15 miles from the Nation's Capital. - NPS


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Potomac Canal Historic District

Timeline

Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1608/06/25 John Smith (Explorer) Explorer Captain John Smith and his crew arrive at the Great Falls of the Potomac River, spend four weeks exploring the area and meeting various American Indian tribes Voyage of Discovery on the Chesapeake

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Physiography
Physiographic feature Waterfall

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Particulars for Great Falls Park:
Locale Type Natural Environ
Historic Use Natural Feature




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