• Great Falls of the Potomac in summer

    Great Falls

    Park Virginia

Stories

The Patowmack Canal, upstream of the Falls

Upper Portion of the Patowmack Canal

National Park Service

People have traveled to and lived in this area for more than ten thousand years. Discover their stories here.

What has happened here in the past? View the chronology to find out.

Learn more about one of the country's first canals: The Patowmack Canal

Read about the Carousels of Great Falls, a favorite of many people over the years.

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