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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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Aug 5, 2021
Gavin Ye
Waterfall was roaring. We got to climb down at a part and see the river from up close.
Apr 26, 2021
Aline Hartzoge
Nov 30, 2020
Dave Lep
the view is aesime
Nov 23, 2020
Jasmine Nitschke
Nov 22, 2020
Nikita Sheth
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.

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