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Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail

Site Information

  • Seasons: All
  • Site Contact: (703) 285-2763 walter_mcdowney@nps.gov
  • Site Access: $5.00/car, Daily
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Facilities

Environmental Study Area Fee Food Information Interpretive Trail Parking Phone Picnic Restrooms

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Site CGF10: Great Falls Park

Description

This site provides significant natural drama as the stark relief of the falls delineates the cascading waters. This is the most dramatic exmaple of the Fall Line in Virginia, which is the major escarpment separating the Coastal Plain from the Piedmont. The beauty of the venue is exceptional. The old canal bed that was once used to portage around the falls still exists, providing historical elements of interest here. Birdlife here takes advanatge of the variety of habitats provided at the site: floodplain woodlands, bedrock terraces, swamps, open areas, and upland deciduous forests. Birds of prey are continually aloft, providing consistent viewing opportunties.

Directions

From Scott's Run Preserve, turn right and continue on SR 193 west for 3.9 miles. Turn right at the traffic light onto Old Dominion Road. The park is 1.0 mile from the light, at the end of the road.

Loop Map