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Maryland whitewater, Potomac River

Montgomery county, Through Great Falls section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS V+     0.6 miles
 
There is no beginner kayak route through Great Falls--its a VERY dangerous place. Mather Gorge, below the falls is more manageable. Says Scrapster

This stretch of Potomac River in Maryland is 0.6 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class V+ section. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, as you can see on the road map further down. The beautiful scenery of Montgomery
    County and the water flowing gracefully down Potomac River have people coming here. This section is very short so you'd better be prepared to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times. No matter if you're whitewater rafting
or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling rivers. This river system is full of great paddling sections, the Through Great Falls section is just one of them. Getting some good exercise and just being out on the river for a while are sure to keep you coming back for more. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Maryland are easier than the national norm, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that the rivers in this state are  
less demanding. No shortage of good hotels, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp.

Briefly about the general area:
Near Potomac River you stumble on the Potomac Heritage Trail which is a tremendous hiking trail, and a great location to visit nearby is Mather Gorge. Going for a hike on the Gold Mine Trail is always a nice adventure, and you'll meet a lot of folks from Potomac here. This river is so great. The vistas at Wolf Trap Farm Park will blow your mind, and Great Falls is a lovely location to stop by while you're at Potomac River.

Potomac River, Through Great Falls road map
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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Potomac River.
 Whitewater Near Potomac River:
Potomac River, Montgomery County, 0 miles away
      Class I-IV - 6.5 miles long (Mather Gorge to Lock 10)
Potomac River, Montgomery County, 0 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.6 miles long (Through Great Falls)
Difficult Run, Fairfax County, 1 miles away
      Class III-IV(V+) - 0.9 miles long (Old Georgetown Pike to Potomac River)
Scott's Run, -blank- County, 3 miles away
      Class IV-V - -blank- miles long (Swinks Mill Road to Fairfax County Park trailhead)
Cabin John Creek, Montgomery County, 5 miles away
      Class -blank- - 3 miles long (River Road to Potomac)
Pimmit Run, Fairfax/ Arlington County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 3 miles long (Old Dominion Drive to above Glebe Road)
Potomac River, Montgomery County, 7 miles away
      Class I-II - 4 miles long (Violette's Lock - GW Canal Loop)
Little Seneca Creek, Montgomery County, 8 miles away
      Class II(III) - 5.2 miles long (Boyds to Darnestown)
Accotink Creek, Fairfax County, 8 miles away
      Class I-II - 13 miles long (King Arthur Road to Telegraph Road)
Rock Creek, Mongomery County, 8 miles away
      Class I(II) - -blank- miles long (Rockville to Military Road)
 Ski Areas Near Potomac River:
Ski Liberty, Pennsylvania , 42 miles away, 620 foot drop, 8 lifts, 16 runs
Ski Roundtop, Pennsylvania , 64 miles away, 600 foot drop, 11 lifts, 15 runs
 Marinas Near Potomac River:
Columbia Island Marina, Arlington , 13 miles away
Columbia Island Marina, Washington , 14 miles away
Seafarers Boat Club, Washington , 16 miles away
Washington Marina, Washington , 16 miles away
Fairfax Yacht Club, Alexandria , 16 miles away
 Beaches Near Potomac River:
Bathing Beach, District of Columbia , 16 miles away
 Hotels Near Potomac River:
Crystal Inn Hotel And Suites Great Falls, Great Falls , 0 miles away
Sheraton Tysons Hotel, Vienna , 4 miles away
Residence Inn Tysons Corner, Vienna , 4 miles away
Quality Inn Tysons Corner, Vienna , 4 miles away
Oakwood At Avalon Tysons Crnr, McLean , 4 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Potomac River:
C and O Canal NHP - Swains Lock, Potomac, 2 miles away
C and O Canal NHP - Marsden Tract Group, West Mclean, 3 miles away
Lake Fairfax County Park, Reston, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Potomac River:
Potomac Heritage Trail, Fairfax , 1 miles away
Gold Mine Trail, Montgomery , 1 miles away
Meadow Trail, Fairfax , 1 miles away
Paw Paw Passage Trail, Fairfax , 2 miles away
Western Ridge Trail, District of Columbia , 14 miles away
 Public Lands Near Potomac River:
Wolf Trap Farm Park, Vienna - VA , 4 miles away
Great Falls Park, McLean - VA , 6 miles away
Seneca Creek State Park, Maryland , 12 miles away
George Washington's Grist Mill Historic State Park, Virginia , 17 miles away
Mason Neck State Park, Virginia , 19 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Potomac River:
Tpc Potomac At Avenel Farm, Potomac , 4 miles away
Country Club Westwood, Vienna , 4 miles away
Billy Casper Golf, Vienna , 4 miles away
 Lakes Near Potomac River
Lake Needwood, Montgomery , 10 miles away
Lake Barcroft, Fairfax , 11 miles away
Burke Lake, Fairfax , 13 miles away

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