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. . . Witnessed the Power of the Potomac

Sunday, November 7, 2004; Page C02

. . . witnessed the power of the Potomac. Looking to take advantage of a crisp fall day and don't want to drive for hours? Follow the Potomac up a few miles on the Virginia side and you'll come to Great Falls Park, a site that should fit the bill. Watch as the river's waters rush through Mather Gorge while surrounded by the finale of this year's color show.

The Potomac, so placid in other areas, rushes over the rocks at Great Falls. (Matt Sheehan -- The Washington Post)

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Great Falls Park in McLean offers more than 15 miles of trails and easily accessible lookouts near the Visitors Center. The entrance is off Old Dominion Drive, near its intersection with Old Georgetown Pike (Beltway Exit 44). Winter hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More information is available at www.nps.gov/grfa.

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