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Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail

Great Falls Loop

Description

The Great Falls Loop begins immediately west of our nation's capitol, along the brackish waters of the Potomac River. Continuing northwest along the George Washington Memorial Parkway, the loop trail follows the Potomac River upstream through the spectacular rapids and whirlpools of Great Falls National Park, to the northernmost site at Riverbend Park, which lies above the Fall Line and beyond the tidal effects of Chesapeake Bay. Following I-495 south (the Capital Beltway), the loop samples an assortment of habitats, ranging from extensive forets to narrow riparian corridors. From the Coastal Plain, a wintering ground of swans, geese, and ducks, to the Piedmont forest, an area alive with the songs of nesting scarlet tanagers, and cerulean and worm-eating warblers, the route unveils the natural beauty that exists a mere stone's throw from metropolitan Washington D.C.

Loop Map

Services

Alexandria Chamber of Commerce
703.549.1000
kmoore@alexchamber.com

Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association
703.838.4200
jmitchell@funside.com

Annandale Chamber of Commerce
703.256.7232

Arlington Chamber of Commerce
703.525.2400
chamber@arlingtonchamber.org

Arlington Convention & Visitors Services
703.228.0870

Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce
703.591.2450
cfcc@patriot.net

Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce
703.749.0400
jgray@fccc.org

Fairfax County Convention & Visitors Bureau
703.790.3329
larrington@fceda.org

Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce
703.356.5424
ebengtson@mcleanchamber.org

Vienna - Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce
703.281.1333
gpowersjr@vvtrcc.org

The Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail Program recommends checking the following Web sites for lodging, restaurants and other service providers:

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