Great Falls Park (Patowmack Canal)
Great Falls Park is situated on 800 acres along the banks of the Potomac River in northern Fairfax County. At Great Falls, the Potomac River builds up speed as it falls 76 feet over a series of steep, jagged rocks and most dramatically the Mather Gorge. In 1785 George Washington and the Patowmack Canal Company began a series of bypass canals to navigate the Potomac. The largest occurred at Great Falls, and is recognized as a National Historic Landmark. The ruins are protected, and trails offer a walk through history, including the remains of the canal and the village of Matildaville.
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