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This overlook is located on the southeast side of the Visitor Center. It is the closest you can get to the falls, and you won't be disappointed with this up close view of the cascading Potomac River. A short trail leads down to a dirt viewing platform. The rest of the overlook is rocky and will require some easy climbing. Do not go beyond the fences.

Short Walk: The overlook is easily accessed by a short dirt trail located behind the Visitor Center. Overlook 1 is not wheelchair accessible - if you continue to the south, you will come to Overlook 2 and Overlook 3 which are both wheelchair accessible and offer similarly great views of the falls.

Family Friendly: A short, easy walk to a spectacular view of the falls.

Gem Type: Waterfall

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Kristen Arendt

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Oct 9, 2020
cody fontenot
Sep 20, 2020
Jonathan Wrieden
Sep 16, 2020
Kassandra Rountree
Great views of the falls. Viewpoint 1 had a few rocks and boulders that younger visitors will enjoy scrambling over, and the best view in my opinion.
Aug 29, 2020
Nicholei Jamero
Had a great time hiking with mumuh. Arrived there at around 6 pm and no one at the gate scanned us.
Aug 23, 2020
Allison Keeley
Beautiful :) overlooks are fantastic with some short climbs down to the water. easy walking path high above the river. Tons of people on a COVID.
Apr 12, 2020
Linna Duan
Jan 26, 2020
Jean-Claude Linossi
Sep 26, 2019
Edward Oh

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