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green Olmsted Island Bridges

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Trail

0.3 mile 0.4 kilometer point to point
Paved Path
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 9' 3 m
Descent: -16' -5 m
High: 140' 43 m
Low: 132' 40 m

Grade

Avg 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

Features River/Creek · Views · Waterfall

Family Friendly This is an accessible trail to one of the most beautiful natural views in the D.C. area.

Note: leashed dogs are allowed in most of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historic Park, but not on this trail (or Billy Goat Trail).

Description

This beautiful trail begins a short distance south of the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center on the west side of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath. The entire trail is paved and accessible to anyone. There are two bridges, both of which pass over ravines through which the Potomac River rushes and falls, resulting in excellent views of rapids. The islands are a unique floodplain terrace environment.

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.

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