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Sunrise Hikes at Great Falls, Virginia

Weekend In-Person Tour

Saturday, November 7, 2020 - 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. ET
Code: 1NSA03
$55 - Member
$75 - Non-Member

Great Falls, Virginia at sunrise

Please Note: This tour is not live streamed on Zoom. It will be conducted in-person, masks are required, and the hike is limited to 20 participants.

Located just 15 miles outside Washington, the Great Falls of the Potomac is the most magnificent natural landmark in the metropolitan area. Rise early on a crisp fall morning, avoid the crowds, and enjoy a socially distanced, small-group experience in the great outdoors with naturalist Keith Tomlinson.

The morning excursions at Great Falls National Park include a hike past Great Falls and into Mather Gorge, two of the area’s most remarkable geologic features. Learn the natural history of the area’s forest, observe a variety of birds, and learn about the effect of local land-use patterns on conservation efforts along the Potomac. The hike covers about 3 miles of hilly walking and rocky trails.



  • The tour meets at the Difficult Run Parking Lot near Great Falls National Park (8801 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA)
  • Bring water, a snack, and comfortable, sturdy shoes.
  • This is an intermediate-level hike.

Tour meets at Difficult Run Parking Lot near
Great Falls National Park
8801 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA