Family Weekender: Washington, D.C.
Imagine hanging from a rock face hundreds of feet above the frothing waters at the fall line of the Potomac River. You can do it at Great Falls Park.
Get a taste of the D.C. region's premier rock-climbing area on a guided trip into the park. The trips are surprisingly beginner-friendly, and while climbing is not for the very young, those ages 11 and up are welcome. With the proper equipment and supervision, almost anyone can climb the 77-foot cliffs that rise from America's River as it races through Mather Gorge. It makes for some of the best climbing east of the Mississippi.
Children under 11 will still enjoy viewing the falls, watching the climbers, hiking, biking, and exploring the historic canal and the"ghost town" of Matildaville. Built in 1790 by Lighthorse Harry Lee, Matildaville was established to support the canal that once bypassed the falls. Preservationists have saved ruins of several homes and a mill.
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