Olmsted Island Bridges
ElevationAscent: 9' 3 m
Descent: -16' -5 m
High: 140' 43 m
Low: 132' 40 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 4% (2°)
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“An accessible trail over a series of bridges ending at Great Falls Overlook.”— Karl W
Family Friendly This is an accessible trail to one of the most beautiful natural views in the D.C. area.
The best part of the trail is the main Great Falls Overlook at the end, which provides exceptional views of the main section of Great Falls. The overlook is a decent-sized platform with benches and railings to allow the whole family to enjoy the view.
The two bridges over Potomac torrents, exceptional views of Great Falls, and access to the Ohio Canal makes this trail arguably better than those on the Virginia side.
Land Manager: NPS - Chesapeake & Ohio Canal