Friday, May 05, 2006

Nature walk: River Bend to Great Falls

For last week's nature walk, The Husband and I started at River Bend Park in Fairfax County. I was looking for something that was more of a stroll than a hike, and that was exactly what I got. The trail from River Bend down to Great Falls was much easier than the Billy Goat Trial.

trail at River Bend Park

River Bend Park is much less popular than the park at Great Falls, and the river is wide and calm there. As we walked the trail down toward the falls (less than two miles one way) we enjoyed the views of the river, and we got to see some geese and goslings, and a great blue heron.

view of the Potomac near River Bend Park

geese and goslings on the river

blue heron

Because it was nearly sunny and in the 70s, when we arrived at Great Falls, the park was crowded, making me even more glad that we weren't walking the busier trails south of the falls. We found a picnic table (not easy, as it was just about noon) nibbled on our snack, and after a quick look at the falls, headed back up along the river.

Great Falls

Great Falls

While we were at Great Falls, we stopped in at the visitor's center, where I picked up 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles, so hopefully we will be branching out a bit from Great Falls in the near future.

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