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Sunrise Hikes at Great Falls, Virginia

In-Person Program

Weekend Tour

Sunday, August 21, 2022 - 6:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. ET
Code: 1NSB04
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$55 - Member
$75 - Non-Member

Great Falls, Virginia at sunrise

Please Note: Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required for participation on all tours; additionally, current CDC and Smithsonian COVID-19 guidelines (at the time of the tour) will be followed.

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 late summer morning, avoid the crowds, and enjoy a small-group experience in the great outdoors with naturalist Keith Tomlinson.

The 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.

Additional Date Options

General Information

  • Registration for this tour will end by 2 p.m. ET on Friday, August 19, 2022.
  • The hike is limited to 20 participants.
  • The tour meets at the Difficult Run Parking Lot, 8801 Georgetown Pike, McLean, Virginia.
  • Bring water, a snack, and comfortable, sturdy shoes.
  • This is an intermediate-level hike of approximately 3 miles on uneven and sometimes steep and rocky terrain.
  • For additional tour information:
Tour meets at Difficult Run Parking Lot near
Great Falls National Park
8801 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA