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Address: Pennyfield Lock Rd., Potomac, MD 20854
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

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Beautiful Walk

The falls are beautiful with the trees turning and the walk itself along the river is easy and relaxing. Close enough to enjoy for a quick walk to get out of the house.

Reviewed 28 November 2016
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Casa Grande, Arizona
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Casa Grande, Arizona
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Reviewed 28 November 2016

The falls are beautiful with the trees turning and the walk itself along the river is easy and relaxing. Close enough to enjoy for a quick walk to get out of the house.

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Upland, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2016

The Maryland side of Great Falls is part of the C&O Canal National Historical Park. It is scenic, has great walking paths and a super view of the Potomac as it falls through the area. The Canal and related boat are fascinating to see and realize what early America was like.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2015

This is one of many little stopping places along the Potomac River on the Canal which is up above the River. The canal used to have canal boats carrying passengers & supplies from up north into DC prior to the railroads. This little stop has a good parking area & has nice views down to the river. You can also... More 

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Potomac, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2015

The lockhouse is not for the faint of heart as it is pretty much as it was when it was built almost two centuries ago. However, one who is biking the C&O canal paths from Georgetown to Harpers Ferry might try an overnight stay. No amenities nearby so plan to bring anything and everything you will need or want in... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 July 2015

On a few visits to Gaithersburg I've enjoyed having a look around the exterior of the Lockhouse and then walking along the Potomac. I've done this in winter, spring and the height of summer and there's always something different in the way of plant life and wildlife to see.

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Upper Marlboro, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 July 2015

My husband likes to be outdoors. He brought me here to sight see. We sat out on the grass and just watched the people and the water. It was a nice relaxing spot. He told me the history of the location and we read some of the history which was posted along the canal.

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Montgomery Village, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 May 2015

I think you will enjoy seeing this “old time” home that the National Park Service and many public citizen volunteers have cleaned up and preserved for visitors. The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park is 184.5 miles long. It carried canal boats from Washington, DC to Cumberland, MD and the boats carried all type of materials, and sometimes passengers.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 January 2015

you can walk and bile on the flat path next to canal or you can chose to be adventurous and go to "Billy Goat " hike trail

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Washington DC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2014

We spent a magical summer night at the lockhouse last year and felt as if we'd stepped back in time. It was lovely having the park to ourselves after sunset. We biked in the twilight and again as the mist rose over the canal waters the next morning. That night, we lit the lanterns, turned on our flashlights, curled up... More 

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