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Paddling on the Potomac

Few cities can compete with D.C. for its incredible paddling adventures, mere minutes from the nation's top monuments and museums. You can rent kayaks by the hour at the Thompson Boat Center (next to the Kennedy Center) and explore the beauty of D.C. from the Potomac. More experienced kayakers may want to visit the white-tipped rapids of the Potomac River Gorge just south of Great Falls. For more information, including safety tips, visit

Visiting Mason Neck State Park

Located just 20 miles south of D.C., Mason Neck State Park is home to some of the area's favorite bird watching and guided canoeing spots. In fact, canoe tours provide some of the best vantage points for bald eagle sightings along the Occoquan and Potomac rivers. You can also find miles of hiking trails, picnic areas and playgrounds for your family to enjoy. Plan your visit and learn more at /state-parks/mason-neck.

Climbing at Great Falls Park

This 800-acre park features incredible views of waterfalls and sprawling vistas along the Potomac. Here, the river picks up speed as it navigates the jagged rocks and narrow corridors of the Mather Gorge (sorry, no swimming!). In addition to the 14 miles of hiking trails, climbing enthusiasts can explore cliffs and outcroppings ranging from Class 3 to 5.10. For more information, visit

C&O Canal Towpath

For almost 100 years, the C&O Canal ferried goods to market for communities located on the Potomac River. Today, you can enjoy walking, hiking, bike riding and exploring along 184 miles of the canal between D.C. and Cumberland, MD. So pack up your picnic basket, rent a few bikes and make the most of the changing seasons with a trip along the C&O Canal. Learn more about activities on the canal at

Hike to Cunningham Falls

Cunningham Falls, the tallest waterfall in Maryland, is one of our area's must-see natural features. Located west of Thurmont, MD, the 78-foot high falls are accessible through a number of different hiking trails such as the relaxed Lower Trail (less than a mile from the falls) and the rockier, more intense Old Misery Trail (not as miserable as it sounds!). You can view the falls by climbing along the rocks on the right-hand side or from the wheelchair accessible boardwalk. Learn more at