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Explore Potomac Falls: Bike, Hike & Do What You Love!

Posted on 
November 12, 2021

One of the beautiful benefits of living at Falcons Landing is enjoying all you can find in Potomac Falls. We can experience the best of city life and country living just beyond our gated community.

With the lovely weather autumn brings, take time to explore all that makes Potomac Falls a great place to live. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Take a hike in Great Falls National Park.  

Part of the National Park System, Great Falls displays the power and beauty of the Potomac River as it rushes over steep, jagged rocks and flows through the narrow Mather Gorge. The 800-acre park offers many opportunities to explore history and nature.

The Patowmack Canal, located in Great Falls National Park, takes you back in time. The canal was part of George Washington’s vision to make the Potomac River navigable as far as the Ohio River Valley. "The way," Washington wrote, "is easy and dictated by our clearest interest. It is to open a wide door, and make a smooth way for the produce of that Country to pass to our Markets..." Today, the Archeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 protects the Patowmack Canal, Matildaville ruins, and any other historic artifacts within the park.

Please note: Due to COVID-19, Great Falls Park Visitor Center and Clara Barton NHS are temporarily closed.

Go for a drive on the George Washington Parkway.

Great Falls is just one stop along the George Washington Parkway, which was designed for recreational driving. The parkway links sites that commemorate important episodes in American history. The Parkway, which runs mainly through the state of Virginia, begins at I-495 to the north and runs south all the way to Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington.

Take a respite at Occuquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

This beautiful refuge’s diverse grasslands and marshes attract songbirds, raptors, waterfowl and butterflies for food, nesting sites, and a place to rest. Breathe deeply and enjoy your own respite as you hike trails and watch wildlife drawn to the one-square mile refuge, a sanctuary in an urban setting. 

Visit the National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

The National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center boasts thousands of aviation and space artifacts, including the Space Shuttle Discovery and a Concorde. The Discovery, the third Space Shuttle orbiter vehicle to fly in space, entered service in 1984 and retired from spaceflight as the oldest and most accomplished orbiter. It flew on 39 Earth-orbital missions and carried 184 people into space and back, some more than once. The Concorde, formerly part of Air France, flew thousands of passengers across the Atlantic at twice the speed of sound for more than 25 years.

Be sure to visit the website to ensure you follow the latest COVID-19 protocols. 

Listen to a concert at Wolf Trap.

Nationally renowned Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts brings some of the best and brightest to our neighborhood. Whether you enjoy opera, classical, international music, pop or country, you’ll find a concert to suit your taste on their upcoming calendar

Go shopping.

Loudoun and Fairfax counties offer many venues for antique and vintage shopping, along with boutiques and special shops. Of course, if you want to go big, there’s also Dulles Town Center and the Tyson's Corner shopping malls nearby. Falcons Landing offers free transportation to both destinations, as well as several others, on a regular basis.

Get active at a local park.

Algonkian Regional State Park, which is just across the street from Falcons Landing offers a variety of activities, including golfing, picnicking, walking scenic trails and boating. In Great Falls, Riverbend Regional Park can get quite busy on weekends; however, its Potomac River location brings together a rare combination of geology, plant life, wildlife, and beauty. Check out activities such as night hikes and Native American cookouts. 

Falcons Landing provides the perfect launching point for all your favorite activities and destinations. Enjoy autumn and do something you love!

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