In northern Virginia, there are plenty of sites to see. Tourists to the area can enjoy historical landmarks, busy cities and serene parks. However, the area is also known for its natural beauty, on stunning display in the region's numerous waterfalls, each distinctive in its own way. The next time you visit Virginia, consider spending a few days traveling to some of the local waterfalls.
Situated on the Potomac River near Washington, D.C., is the Great Falls. This waterfall is one of several located along the Potomac, but no other waterfall is as spectacular or as popular as the Great Falls. The waterfall is inside Great Falls Park, and a visit to the park requires a small fee. While in the area, there are plenty of options for hiking and viewing other sites, such as several other small waterfalls or rapids.
Another waterfall in northern Virginia is Goods Falls. This waterfall is located on the Shenandoah River in Page County at Goods Mill and consists of several small rapids.
In northern Virginia on the border of West Virginia is the foot of Great North Mountain. A small river called Fall Run winds down the mountain, and near the foot is a waterfall, Mountain Falls. A local community near the foot of the waterfall is named after the falls.
Rose River Falls
Rose River Falls is located in Shenandoah National Park in northern Virginia. This waterfall drops in two stages, the first about 20 feet and the second about 40 feet. Access the waterfall from the Fishers Gap Overlook in the park; the trail to access the waterfall is a little over a mile. Visitors easily can enjoy a view of the waterfall from the top, but access to the second drop requires a bit of hiking. Both drops are not visible simultaneously; the traveler must view each one individually.
Dark Hollow Falls
Just beyond Rose River Falls is Dark Hollow Falls, also located in the Shenandoah National Park. The trail to the waterfall from the nearest road is relatively short, making this waterfall one of the most frequented in the whole park. The waterfall is not a sharp drop but rather a cascading falls, gradually descending into the pool below.
Seneca Falls is located in northern Virginia inside the Northern Virginia Territorial Park. A long and winding trail provides visitors access to the waterfall, although the largest rapids are a short hike past the initial view of Seneca Falls.