Posted by Gregory Maassen on December 15, 2020 - Latest revision January 17, 2021  Reading time: minutes remaining

NPS – E-biking in Great Falls Park in Virginia

The Great Fall Park in Virginia overlooking the Potomac river and the waterfalls

The majestic Great Falls in Virginia are a popular tourist destination. The National Park used to be a private amusement park and visitors would arrive by train from Washington DC.

The Great Falls run between two national parks: The C&O Canal National Historic Park is located in Maryland. The Great Falls Park is in Virginia.

The Great Fall Park in Virginia overlooking the Potomac river and the waterfalls

The average flow rate of the Potomac River, 383 mile long, is 10,000 cubic feet per second. This is on average 74,805 gallons per second or 6,411,856 bath tubes per hour.

E-biking is limited to a few gravel trails inside the park as the Great Falls Park is mostly a hikers' destination. NPS-regulations state that e-bikes are prohibited where traditional bicycles are prohibited. Trails are marked where (e-)biking is allowed.

The Great Fall Park in Virginia

Most trails near the waterfalls are for hiking only. You can e-bike on the Old Carriage Road to connect with the Ridge Trail to see the Potomac River.

As usual, please check the latest regulations before heading out as we do not provide legal advice on this website.

An artist painting the Mather Gorge at an overlook

An artist painting on one of several overlooks at the  Potomac River.

References

https://www.nps.gov/gwmp/learn/management/upload/E-Bike-ROD-GWMP-Final-9-26-19.pdf
https://www.nps.gov/gwmp/learn/management/upload/GWMP-Compendium-508-2.pdf

Dr. Gregory F. Maassen

Gregory discovered e-biking after 20 years of overseas work as project manager for the World Bank and USAID. He writes about e-mobility and e-biking in the DMV area, and loves the outdoors (white water kayaking, hiking and biking). He lives with his wife, Janet in Washington DC.


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