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Maryland whitewater, Potomac River

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


CLASS II-III(IV)     2 miles
  The wonderful Maryland scenery and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream beats anything. If you're coming from Washington-Arlington-Alexandria it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, as you can see on the road map further down. The Little Falls section of Potomac River in Maryland is 2 miles long and has been rated as a class II-III(IV) section by American Whitewater. Getting your paddling muscles activated
    and spending some quality time in nature are great reasons to come. This is a pretty short section so no need to bring snacks. The campgrounds here at Potomac River are pretty good. Lodging is available near the river, but
do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. The Little Falls stretch is one of many paddling stretches in this river system. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way there are lots of good rivers for that around here.

Briefly about the general area:
Visiting Glen Echo Park is just something you need to do if you haven't yet. Spend the day on the beach at Bathing Beach since
you're here at Potomac River, and good hiking is available along the Upland Trail. At this river you will always have a good time. You're sure to bump into some cheerful people from Glen Echo here, and there's pleasant hiking along the Woods Trail. A visit to Potomac River wouldn’t be complete without a journey to nearby George Washington's Grist Mill Historic State Park. Potomac River is a good site of typical rainfall. The month with most of the rain is May, and February on the other hand is the driest. Through the summer months, highs mostly are in the 80's at Potomac River. For the duration of the moonlight hours it's regularly in the 60's.

Potomac River, Little Falls road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Potomac River.
 Whitewater Near Potomac River:
Pimmit Run, Fairfax/ Arlington County, 0 miles away
      Class IV(V) - 0 miles long (Glebe Road to Potomac)
Potomac River, Montgomery County, 1 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 2 miles long (Little Falls)
Four Mile Run, Arlington County, 4 miles away
      Class III - 4.5 miles long (Ohio Street to Arlington Ridge Road)
Pimmit Run, Fairfax/ Arlington County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 3 miles long (Old Dominion Drive to above Glebe Road)
Rock Creek, DC County, 5 miles away
      Class I-III - 4 miles long (Military Road to Potomac River in D.)
Cabin John Creek, Montgomery County, 5 miles away
      Class -blank- - 3 miles long (River Road to Potomac)
Rock Creek, n/a County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III+(V) - 4 miles long (Above Military Road to Pierce Mill Dam)
Anacostia River - Northwest Branch, Prince Georges/ Montgomery County, 8 miles away
      Class I-III(V+) - 8 miles long (US Route 29 to Hyattsville)
Scott's Run, -blank- County, 8 miles away
      Class IV-V - -blank- miles long (Swinks Mill Road to Fairfax County Park trailhead)
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 , 48 miles away, 620 foot drop, 8 lifts, 16 runs
Ski Roundtop, Pennsylvania , 65 miles away, 600 foot drop, 11 lifts, 15 runs
 Marinas Near Potomac River:
Columbia Island Marina, Arlington , 3 miles away
Columbia Island Marina, Washington , 5 miles away
Seafarers Boat Club, Washington , 6 miles away
Washington Marina, Washington , 6 miles away
Fairfax Yacht Club, Alexandria , 7 miles away
 Beaches Near Potomac River:
Bathing Beach, District of Columbia , 6 miles away
 Hotels Near Potomac River:
Inns Of Virginia-Arlington, Arlington , 2 miles away
ExecuStay At Wisconsin Place, Chevy Chase , 2 miles away
Courtyard Chevy Chase, Chevy Chase , 3 miles away
Comfort Inn Ballston, Arlington , 3 miles away
Embassy Suites By Hilton Washington DC Chevy Chase Pavilion, Washington , 3 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Potomac River:
C and O Canal NHP - Marsden Tract Group, West Mclean, 7 miles away
C and O Canal NHP - Swains Lock, Potomac, 10 miles away
Harmony Place Trailer Park, Alexandria, 11 miles away
 Trails Near Potomac River:
Upland Trail, District of Columbia , 4 miles away
Woods Trail, District of Columbia , 4 miles away
Swamp Trail, District of Columbia , 4 miles away
Rock Creek Park Bike Trail, District of Columbia , 5 miles away
Western Ridge Trail, District of Columbia , 5 miles away
 Public Lands Near Potomac River:
Glen Echo Park, McLean - VA , 2 miles away
Great Falls Park, McLean - VA , 4 miles away
George Washington's Grist Mill Historic State Park, Virginia , 12 miles away
Mason Neck State Park, Virginia , 16 miles away
Seneca Creek State Park, Maryland , 19 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Potomac River:
Golf Course, Arlington , 2 miles away
Washington Golf & Country Club, Arlington , 2 miles away
Brownson Harry B Country Club, Shelton , 3 miles away
 Lakes Near Potomac River
Lake Barcroft, Fairfax , 5 miles away
Lake Needwood, Montgomery , 9 miles away
Greenbelt Lake, Prince George's , 15 miles away

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