Great Falls in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
— Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail —
George Washington walked, rode horseback, and boated through this region pursuing his dream of westward expansion—connecting the Atlantic seaboard to the frontier West. His efforts to reengineer, dam, channelize, and straighten the Potomac River influenced industrialization in the 1800s and beyond. But the river resisted. Today wild intermingles with urban. Huge oaks, sycamores, and tulip poplars guard the river and welcome all seeking solace there.
The Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail network is a portal into the region's history, culture, and ecology. Here a network of hiking and water tails affords you an intimate connection with the river and the distinctive Piedmont landscape. The trails beckon exploration and offer adventure.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #01 George Washington series list.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Great Falls VA 22066, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. River Crossing at Conn's Ferry (here, next to this marker); American Indians of the Potomac River (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to Great Falls (approx. 1.2 miles away in Maryland); Washington Aqueduct (approx. 1.2 miles away in Maryland); Great Falls Tavern (approx. 1.3 miles away in Maryland); a different marker also named Great Falls Tavern (approx. 1.3 miles away in Maryland); Creating a National Park (approx. 1.3 miles away in Maryland); A Geologic Barrier (approx. 1.4 miles away in Maryland). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Great Falls.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 19, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 19, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 89 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 19, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.